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American’s Search for a More Livable Home: The New American Dream Home

Back in 2008 John Zogby, founder of the Zogby International Poll, predicted a seismic shift in American’s aspirations, values and ideals in his book The Way We’ll Be: The Zogby Report on the Transformation of the American Dream.  Zogby identified four mega-trends that are shaping the trajectory of the American culture and fundamentally redefining the American […]

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Gucci Is Leaving Louis Vuitton in the Dust Online

Among its luxury competitive cohort, Gucci is killing it online. Gucci was just named one of the three 2017 Momentum Award winners by SimilarWeb in the retail category, the only luxury brand to be so recognized. Gucci joins Uniqlo.com and Stitchfix.com as leaders in the online world of retail, based on the company’s algorithm measuring online traffic […]

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Why IKEA Is a Retail Competitor to Fear

The recent passing of Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad has revived attention to a retailer that is too frequently overlooked in home furnishings circles. All too often it is the butt of jokes. From the unintelligible instructions required to assemble its furniture and the unpronounceable names for the 9,500 products it sells to its meatballs, Ikea is more often laughed […]

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9 Failing Fashion Retailers in Intensive Care

Despite the dire threats of a retail apocalypse, retailers pulled it out last year. The retail sector, excluding automobiles and parts, saw a 4.4% increase in 2018 over 2017, with nonstore, including ecommerce retailers setting the pace, up 10.4%. But last year, not all retail segments were so fortunate. While shoppers were busy furnishing and updating […]

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Amazon’s Customer Loyalty Is Amazing: Time to Become a Third-Party Seller?

Amazon’s results over the past holiday season are mind-blowing. While the company holds some data close to its vest, like the number of customers that ordered and the dollar amounts those orders represented, it reported that this past Cyber Monday was the single biggest shopping day in Amazon’s history, surpassing Prime Day 2017, which until […]

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