There is a certain level of irony in my having left the Outdoor Retailer/Snow Show in Denver last Friday as the temperature was approaching 60 degrees and come home to Seattle where, today- so far (still coming down hard)- there’s three plus inches of snow on the ground and the temperature isn’t projected to get […]
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Last Wednesday Shopko, a general merchandise retailer with 333 stores, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. On January 17th, SGB Media published an article on Shopko and the filing by Thomas J. Ryan with the title, “Shopko Becomes Latest Casualty Of Online Disruption.” I took umbrage at the suggestion that online disruption was the primary cause […]
Technology that has value tends to get better and cheaper. I can’t think of a reason that won’t be true for the Zozosuit. “Japanese retailer Zozo, which operates Zozotown, the country’s largest online fashion marketplace, has developed a figure-hugging bodysuit featuring lots of uniquely patterned dots.” “As you turn slowly round, your smartphone takes photos, […]
Back in 2012 A&F had 946 U.S. stores. They ended the most recent quarter with 684 (plus 195 international stores). In the immortal words of Gary Schoenfeld in his first earnings conference call as CEO of Pac Sun however many years ago it was, “Nobody needs 900 Pac Sun stores.” Nobody needed 946 A&F stores […]
Tilly’s sales for the quarter ended October 28th were down 3.9%, or $6 million, to $146.8 million from last year’s quarter. However, the decline was due to “…the calendar shift impact of the 53rd week in fiscal 2017’s retail calendar, which caused a portion of the high sales volume back-to-school season to shift into the […]
I’ve decided that my best recent article was “How Brick and Mortar Retail Has to Change,” written last June. I was surprised it got so little feedback. Probably because the list of what customers don’t need us to do anymore is a little intimidating, and we aren’t sure how to respond. Even if, like Zumiez, […]
We spend an awful lot of time trying to figure out how to sell our customers more stuff. It’s been tougher lately and shows no signs of getting easier. It’s the internet. Or over supply and too much retail. The customer wants experiences. Poor distribution. No product differentiation. Too many brands. A smarter and more […]
Over years, I’ve written various articles about the evolution of our market and how we need to change to address it. I’d decided it was time to pull all those ideas together in one, hopefully, thought provoking, insightful, action motivating piece. Then a friend sent me Robin Lewis’s outstanding article on just this issue and […]
Back in October, there was some speculation that somebody wanted to buy Amer Sports and Amer said, “Yup, it’s true. We’re talking.” I wrote a short article about it at the time. On December 7th, they confirmed that there is, in fact, a cooperative tender offer coming beginning around December 20th. Here’s the link to […]
Emerald issued a press release today announcing that the Interbike show scheduled for September 2019 was a no go. Here’s the press release. I excluded the part at the end describing who Interbike and Emerald Expositions are.
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- How VF Keeps Doing It: Size, Flexibility, Diversification, Disciplined Management Processes, Balance SheetJune 14, 2019 - 10:52 am
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- Hibbett Sports: Annual Results and Omni-Channel Progress After a Remarkably Late Start.April 29, 2019 - 8:21 am