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Given Sycamore's track record, can another regional acquisition be far behind? Bon-Ton and even Dillard's are the obvious nameplates that come to mind.

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I've commented to consulting clients that the store count and the high expense structure is the big issue facing Mr. Ellison. J.C. Penney has a "legacy" issue of too many unproductive stores (by the sales-per-square foot standards of its competitors) and has always run much higher SG&A levels than...

This topic is an interesting mirror-image of the Target discussion today, given that chain's increased focus on "wellness" in its food and non-food areas. There is no question that organics are a huge, growing mainstream business that most traditional grocers worked into their assortments a long time ago — not...

It's hard to know whether "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." You can't blame Starbucks for wanting to have a little fun with its typical design elements in the middle of a sea of over-the-top retail experiences. And there may be some elements (the tiered seating, for example)...

I see from the linked article and photos that the wine is indeed labeled "Macy's," complete with the red star logo. I was hoping that Macy's might have developed a private label with the ability to expand some brand equity to other offerings in its "food halls." But no...

Those who feel that this is "political correctness run amok" will be outnumbered by those who think this is a sensible idea. Retailers ought to be long past the days of explaining to shoppers that dolls are "supposed to be" for girls and action figures for boys. I'm guessing...

I agree that CityTarget was not needed as a distinct brand, at least based on my visits to the location in the Chicago Loop. Most customers would recognize it as Target — plain and simple — despite the assortment and space allocation changes geared to an urban (and car-less) customer in...

Mike Ullman and now Marvin Ellison have acknowledged that J.C. Penney is behind its key competitors (like Kohl's and especially Macy's) on the omnichannel front. It's one of the biggest lost opportunities from the Ron Johnson era at JCP, and Ullman's last two years were rightfully focused on survival...

Yes, it's easy to see how Amazon can surpass Macy's in apparel sales — and it's not about which retailer offers faster or cheaper delivery. It's really about Macy's focus on moderate-to-better apparel (with a layer of designer on top) while Amazon has the latitude to be "all things to...

From my experience, the so-called surge of back-to-school business turned into a smaller wave a long time ago. It's driven in part by national retailers in markets where schools open from early August to post-Labor Day. But in particular it's driven by consumers' long-established pattern of buying closer to...

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