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Know a stuffy brand whose sales are flat? Well, maybe they did what Tod’s did. Tod’s is now on the defensive as it tries to recoup market share. It didn’t launch new products often enough, didn’t do limited editions, didn’t host events, and overall underfunded its marketing.

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February 15, 2019

Front cover of the WSJ. Retail sales declined from November to December by 1%. This is very unusual, and for comparison last year increased .4% during this same time.

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February 6, 2019

This may be the “most interesting store in the world” but I’ve walked by it many times and didn’t even know it was a store. Umm...that’s a problem. Retail locations need to clearly identify that passerbys are welcome and draw them in.

With that said, I’m gonna check this spot out :)

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February 6, 2019

Saks essentially throws in the towel on cosmetics and moves that department from the first floor to the second. What now greets you? Handbags. The WSJ reminds us that department stores are on the ropes against online competitors, chains dedicated to cosmetics, and changing consumer tastes. Jewelry is now in the basement.

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February 2, 2019

India has passed rules to encourage local businesses to grow and thwart Amazon’s bulldozing of smaller businesses. They call it the “national champion” program. I suggest that local states start a simlair program. Amazon, legally based in Delaware and overseas, isn’t a friend to your local town or state on account of its hurting indie businesses and skimping on taxes. Instead of cities competing for the Amazon HQ, they likely should’ve competed for solutions to stop big online entities fro...
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January 26, 2019

Amazon forced many GNC stores to close. What is GNC left with? Making exclusive brands for its competitor: Amazon, shares today’s WSJ. It essentially works for Amazon now.

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January 24, 2019

Amazon is launching its own delivery network, putting it in competition with FedEx and UPS.

Fast and free shipping are increasingly expected from shoppers—they’re part of the reasons why Amazon beats up on indie stores. Can you think of an indie store that owns its own delivery network? Besides a florist who may have a van, most likely not. This delivery service will further put indie stores at a disadvantage.

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January 5, 2019


Amazon may start a bank—and become a competitor to JP Morgan. Imagine if Macy’s or Walmart owned a bank. When a customer makes a large purchase, would that make them more appealing than your business? Financing an engagement ring?

Amazon already offers third-party backed credit cards (Chase), cash cards, and a digital wallet, and it’s exploring adding financial integration with its Alexa platform.

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December 31, 2018

Amazon will boost its two-hour delivery service to customers by building more Whole Foods, reports today’s WSJ. Amazon also offers a 30 minute grocery pickup. The retail future is increasingly about showing real-time stock online and encouraging customers to order it for delivery or pick it up. When Amazon gives faster delivery to more customers, those are often the same customers as those of indie stores. With these moves, Amazon is just eating more business’ customers.

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December 24, 2018



Today’s WSJ shares:
+ Online purchases are up 18% over the last 6 weeks compared with last year.
+ 1/3 of online purchases will be returned.
+ Amazon will soon have 60 freighter aircraft. These help it undercut UPS and FedEx.

Notably, Sears and most major retailers lease no airfreight carriers. While times are good, retailers should be taking pages form Amazon’s playbook to avoid Sears’ fate.

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December 15, 2018

Ralph Lauren has teamed up with historic tableware company Burleigh—the last underglaze tissue printer for tableware.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wsj.com/amp/articles/a-new-transferware-collaboration-from-ralph-lauren-and-burleigh-11544548752

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December 15, 2018

What do shoppers in their 20s want? Easy returns. And be sure to make the returns easy—otherwise a store may faces a social media blitzkrieg.

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December 4, 2018

Good news for small retailers: Amazon will pay 9% - 12% more to ship packages in 2019--and a new commission's report suggests it pay even more, reports today's WSJ.

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The Postal Service faces significant financial challenges. It has been losing money for more than a decade and is on an unsustainable path, the report says. The USPS is forecast to lose tens of billions of dollars over the next decade and currently has $89 billion in liabilities versus $27 billion in ...
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November 29, 2018

Amazon hacked people’s registries and put stuff in them that the registrants didn’t want, reports today’s WSJ. And it made millions of dollars in doing so.

What it did may even be a crime. See today’s WSJ for the full story.



Tags: Gift registry, amazon, wsj, hacking, decpetive advertising
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November 24, 2018

Online spending on Thanksgiving rose 28% over last year shares today’s WSJ.

Stores that have not invested heavily and intelligently in their website will not see this gain. The major issue facing indie stores is they haven’t fixed their online presence—after watching the majors spend billions on their e-commerce operations to get back on track.

There’s a big fork in the road coming:
+ Indie stores that continue with little web presence will fall off the map....
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Tags: Wsj, online shopping, e-commerce, thanksgivng, holiday shopping
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November 19, 2018

+ Online holiday sales are projected to grow 15% this season.
+ Macy’s reports shoppers buy 25% more when picking items up in-store.
+ Stores are increasingly offering in-store pickup for online purchases. More stores are offeirng checkout via mobile handheld scanners.
+ Target and Amazon are offering free shipping on many items. Walmart is offering free expediated shipping on orders over $35. Aka: order a new set of dinner plates and fast shipping is free. That’s a compe...
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November 18, 2018

Royal Crown Derby is praised by Bronson Van Wyck in this weeeknd’s WSJ.

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November 5, 2018

Can a store offer lower prices than Amazon? Yup, and one such chain is Five Below which has 750 stores. The WSJ reported a basket of goods were 50% less at Five Below than on Amazon.

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September 17, 2018

Why is retail becoming a software business? For a few reasons, including:
1. Convenience: It’s easier to shop on your mobile vs drive to the store.
2. Selection: you can search 10,000s of items online.
3. Smarter: you can not only search lots of products, but the software will likely do the ‘thinking’ for you. The major retailers’ software has artificial intelligence to show you the most popular items, the ones with the best reviews, etc. In essence, the software tells yo...
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August 4, 2018

Nice to see Smart Brand partner Iittala featured in today’s WSJ.

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