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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    April 22, 2014

    Store Shaming

    The dumpy aisles. The glaring out-of-stocks. The merchandising trolleys abandoned along the racetrack. Each is a hallmark of a nascent online genre I call store shaming. A few weeks ago, TheStreet.com posted a story titled “24 Pictures From a Walmart That Make Sears Look Classy ” – the result of a visit to a Walmart in Southern Los Angeles. Where shelves weren’t half empty (or worse) they were heaped with a jumble of merchandise that appeared as though it had put in place via dump truck. The Sears mention in the Walmart headline served as a tip of the cap ...

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  • Warren Shoulberg

    Home Alone 3

    Warren Shoulberg

    April 22, 2014

    Dollar Sense

    Don’t take the recent news that Family Dollar is closing 370 stores as the death knell either for that individual retailer or the dollar store concept in general. It’s not that simple. It never is. First off, a retailer closing bad store locations is not exactly earth-shattering news. Walmart closes stores. Macy’s closes stores. Even Bed Bath & Beyond closes stores. Those 370 units, by the way, represent less than five percent of the company’s overall 8,100-store count. Lost in the headline about the Family Dollar closings was the fact that it was also planning to ...

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  • Jennifer Marks

    The Thread

    Jennifer Marks

    April 3, 2014

    Market notes

    The fourth quarter? Not so hot for most retailers. January and Febuary? Stinko. And yet, suppliers were remarkably upbeat during the recent New York Home Fashions Market. Apparently enough retailers have been shaken by tepid consumer response to their offerings, not to mention their efforts to fully exploit omnichannel retailing, that they were open to new ideas and new products. Appointment rosters were bursting. In part that was because big retailers send various buying and product development groups back to their key suppliers multiple times. (The size of individual groups from major retailers was said to be substantial — often 20 ...

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Join H&TT Editorial Director Warren Shoulberg and Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Marks as they report from the 2014 Heimtextil show in Frankfurt. See the videos. Sponsored by Lenzing.

NY Home Fashions Market

NY Home Fashions Market Day 2

Join HTT Editorial Director Warren Shoulberg and Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Marks as they report from the 2014 New York Home Fashions Market. See the videos. Videos are sponsored by Lenzing.