I’ve been an active Brain Trust panelist on RetailWire.com for over nine years. Here, you’ll find my contributions on a range of topics. Click any title below to read the full article with contributions from the other industry expert panelists.
Lampert’s Kenmore offer seems like more shuffling of chairs on Titanic’s deck
on August 15, 2018 at 2:44 pm
If Lampert really cared about the retail business he’d be willing to sell the Kenmore brand to Home Depot or Lowe’s and let them retain/rebuild a customer base around the differentiated product. Kenmore used to be the brand that got all the tech upgrades before Whirlpool and Kitchen Aid, giving Sears’ a leg up with shoppers. Selling the brand to the hedge fund is a sad and selfish move. […]
Fred’s amps up the treasure hunt
on August 7, 2018 at 1:56 pm
I'm not a fan of retailers gaming the consumer on daily pricing, especially when it may cost the retailer precious points of margin. Are they really providing any lasting value or just buying up and re-selling old inventory to their low-income shopper base? […]
Starbucks prepares for a Bitcoin future
on August 7, 2018 at 1:51 pm
Beyond Starbucks, payment technology is a frontier that many leading retailers should be exploring. Given its history in testing and learning, I would expect to see Walmart getting involved here too. Shoppers want options and retailers that lead the way will reap the benefits. […]
Are outsiders required to tackle disruption?
on August 6, 2018 at 1:36 pm
External hires can bring a ton of value to a retail organization, but they need to have the ear of the entire C-suite so they can be effective disruptors. Additionally, I believe there are many effective ways to facilitate great input from current employees, given a safe and open environment in which to offer disruptive and innovative ideas. […]
Is Target making the right move in dumping C9 Champion?
on August 3, 2018 at 2:15 pm
I wonder if Target is getting ahead of their shoppers? Champion is a great brand, offering well-made products at very accessible price points. It doesn't make sense to cancel the partnership in 2020. HanesBrands should explore shopper-involved innovation in the category to get a jump on where and how the Champion brand can grow and thrive beyond private-label obsessed Target. […]