Sometimes I do my best work with a glass of wine. The secret is to never post what you’ve written until the next day, after you’ve read it again. I put “independent” in quotes (there, I’ve done it twice) because as I think about retailers and their relationships with brands I kind of wonder what independent means.
Independents have always relied on brands for terms to make their cash flow work. But now we’re into brands investing in or, to some extent controlling what were independent retailers. When that happens, that retailer ain’t independent no more.