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If any of the "Three As" of specialty retail had figured out how to improve their supply chain and product development, they probably would not have lost as much market share to the "fast fashion" masters of the art like Forever 21, Zara and H&M. It's not just about...

If I'm not mistaken, some variation on this "open audition" idea has taken place for years at Walmart. (Fellow panelists: If you know better, feel free to correct me!) The company's push for "Made in the U.S.A." products has probably given this process more visibility.

As David Biernbaum points out,...

I didn't buy the overly optimistic NRF number in the first place, and even 3.5 percent for the full year may be on the high side. If you assume a 40/60 split between first half and second half sales (and 40 percent may be too low for some retailers),...

It's a worthwhile experiment for Dick's to try a small-format store dedicated to the growing "athleisure" business. There are plenty of customers for yoga and fitness apparel (whether for use at the gym or on the street) who would rather not shop for it in a big box store...

I see nothing wrong with the practice but I rarely respond with a donation. As Al's comment suggests, shoppers "of a certain age" (like me) probably already donate to their favored causes and track those gifts for tax purposes. But there is nothing wrong with younger consumers cultivating the...

It's arguable that Starboard drove the share price of Darden Restaurants higher by micromanaging issues like the breadsticks at Olive Garden. But it's hard to make the same case that they can bring much value to the operation of Macy's, widely viewed as an industry leader. Macy's ought to...

The key difference from Mr. Drexler's experience at Gap stores is that Old Navy represented an entirely different brand. Most customers didn't recognize it as a division of the same company (at least initially) so there was less risk of cannibalization. The company's "good/better/best" approach to its three divisions...

It's hard for the consumer to tell the difference between a BOPIS order that was picked from a distribution center and one that was picked from a store's inventory, which seems to be the growing trend. So it would be hard to explain why she was asked to pay...

I shopped a Sears store recently in the Milwaukee area, and they were in the process of setting up an extensive "Connected Solutions" shop adjacent to the electronics department. (The merchandise hadn't been set up yet, but the sales associate explained the idea to me.) I think Sears' approach —...

The scene in "Miracle on 34th Street" comes to mind, where Kris Kringle sends a customer to Gimbels because she won't find it at Macy's. Assuming that there is no Santa Claus, that sort of fantasy doesn't obligate Amazon to send customers to a competing website when it doesn't...

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