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What Millennials Are Looking For To Decorate Their Homes

Now that Millennials, the largest American generation in history some 80 million strong, are aging into the prime years for buying home furnishings, it should be glory days for furniture and home furnishings stores. But that is decidedly not the case. Through November 2019, retail sales in that segment were up only .4%, while retail […]

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Holiday 2019 Wasn’t So Jolly For Brick-and-Mortar Retailers and Challenges Will Continue

Early results are in and they show that holiday retail sales increased 3.4% (excluding automobiles), according to Mastercard’s post-Christmas holiday report for sales November 1 through December 24. But most of that growth, as well as through the rest of the year, is attributed to e-commerce.

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Join Me at The Dallas Total Home & Gift Market to Discuss Multi-Sensory Retail on January 9 & 10, 2020

Join me Thursday, January 9 at 3 p.m. at the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market where I will be talking Multi-Sensory Retail, followed by a book giveaway and signing of Shops that POP! Then on Friday, I will moderate a StyleEyes panel at 11 a.m. where a group of style experts will discuss their […]

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How Lululemon Uses Community-Based Retail To Grow

Lululemon Athletica is a retailer in hyperdrive, one of very few that are delivering both double-digit topline and bottomline growth. In third-quarter 2019 reporting, net revenue totaled $916.1 million, up 23% over previous year and income from operations grew 29% to $175.8 million. CEO Calvin McDonald said that the company’s current momentum will carry over […]

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Why LVMH Declares Discount Outlets Anathema And American Luxury Brands Should Too

Anathema is a strong word with religious overtones. It was a condemnation pontiffs reserved for heretics. Among the definitions of the term in Merriam-Webster is this: the denunciation of something as accursed. LVMH’s Bernard Arnault, the reigning pope of luxury marketing, brings near-religious intensity to controlling the 75 luxury maisons that make up his dominion, […]

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