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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    February 1, 2016

    Future Shock

    Have you heard? Brick-and-mortar retail stores are kaput, passé, doomed. They are about to become, as Monty Python would have said it, ex-parrots. You would think the annual gathering of the National Retail Federation would be the last event to foster such a point of view, but it emerged as a key theme during last month’s NRF expo in New York. Steve Barr, a partner and the US Retail and Consumer Sector leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, told online outlet Retail Dive this year will bring “more store closures, more bankruptcies and restructurings, and increased shareholder activism that will either lead ...

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  • Shoulberg PUBLISHER/EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    February 1, 2016

    Sweet..and Sour 16

    What a crazy start to the new retail year, right? Just when you thought you knew who the good guys were — and weren’t — 2016 starts off with a bizarro series of reports and news that seem to put the entire retailing landscape upside down. Consider: • Walmart says it will close hundreds of stores around the world, including a sizeable bunch here in the good old U.S. of A. The Boys from Bentonville open stores, they don’t close them. • JCPenney, of all people, says it had a pretty good Christmas. Granted, it is still recovering from the Johnson ...

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  • Shoulberg PUBLISHER/EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    January 25, 2016

    What’s Really Happening Behind the Wal

    Walmart is closing some stores. There’s an old journalistic rule about “not burying the lead,” which means don’t put the most important piece of information deep into the story but always place it first. So, theoretically I’ve not broken that rule…but in fact I have. The big news is not that Walmart is closing some stores. The big news is that it’s not that big a deal. Earlier this month, The Big W announced it would be closing 269 stores around the world, including 154 in the United States. At first glance, that does sound ...

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Business Annual 2016

HTT Business Annual 2016

This year’s Business Annual presents the world of home textiles…in your hand. The exclusive report presents the never-before published Top 15 Home Textiles Manufacturer ranking and an overview of the textiles market by channel and distribution channel. See the issue.