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Signet Jewelers – Parent of Kay and Zales – on Its Strategy of Love

After a disappointing 2019, when jewelry store retail sales were basically flat from the year before–$32.2 billion compared to $32.4 billion in 2018–the new year 2020 started with a bang. January 2020 sales rose 11.2% over previous year and hopes were high that similar growth would continue for the rest of the year. Then Covid […]

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Turning ‘House into Home’ Is Lowe’s Strategy to Take Market Share

Back in 2018, not long after Marvin Ellison took the reins as CEO of Lowe’s, he outlined a three-year strategic plan with the first 12 to 18 months devoted to strengthening retail fundamentals – merchandising, supply chain, operations and customer engagement. The next 18 to 36 months would be used to build up the fundamentals for […]

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There’s Hope for Malls: Here’s a 3-Step Plan

The news on the mall front remains depressing at best. Coresight Research, along with many other respected firms, continue to predict as many as 25 percent of the nation’s malls may close over the next three to five years. And there could be even more “if we can’t stop the bleeding,” said Coresight CEO Deborah Weinswig. Currently […]

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NRF’s Optimistic Retail Forecast At Risk

For the last 25 years, the National Retail Federation (NRF) has kicked off the holiday shopping season in early October with its forecast for holiday retail spending, covering the critical November-December retail sales. This year, however, it waited until the end of November to make its prediction, and as per usual, it was exceedingly optimistic. […]

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What Happens To Tiffany After LVMH Takes Over?

The luxury deal of the century is back on track. Pending Tiffany shareholder approval, the French conglomerate LVMH will acquire Tiffany and Company for $15.8 billion, making this the biggest deal for the world’s biggest luxury company, a company which has grown to 75 brands through acquisitions alone. A few short months ago, LMVH was […]