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Do Neiman Marcus, Saks and Nordstrom Discount Outlets Draw Customers to their Full-Priced Luxury Stores?

Luxury department stores, like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks, have long been plagued by the problem of how to get rid of last season’s unsold merchandise without cluttering up their stores with too many sales signs and off-priced racks. It hurts the luxury brand image. While they could sell it through to liquidation wholesalers, the […]

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High-Spending HENRYs Will Pull Out Holiday Retail Sales This Season

I’m the first to admit that I am skeptical about the overly optimistic holiday sales forecasts that are filling my inbox. This year I am particularly surprised by how many forecasts top NRF’s predictably rosy predictions, which this year range from 3.8 percent to 4.2 percent. That’s why I nearly went into auto-delete mode when […]

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Faire Marketplace

How Faire Gives Main Street Retailers and Their Partners A Lift

Bracketed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this November 30 is Small Business Saturday. It’s independent retailers’ day to shine. Last year American Express, the event’s sponsor, reported that 104 million shoppers spent a record high of $17.8 billion that day. Nearly 60% of participating small business owners said that Small Business Saturday contributes significantly […]

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Fashion Fatigue

15 Ways to Fix Shoppers’ Fashion Fatigue

We’ve all seen the headlines: “Low prices aren’t fun anymore – consumers have reached peak happiness with clothing purchases,” on CNBC and “The ‘retail apocalypse’ is an apparel apocalypse,” on Retail Dive.   After looking around the industry and studying the research and analyst reports, I find the conclusion unequivocal. American consumers are over their […]