In the world of retail it's pretty rare that brands get into trouble over night--much less over a matter of months or even years. What will turn out to be the deathblow for Sears started with Walmart in the 1980's, and was followed by Home Depot, Lowes and Best Buy chipping away at Sears core … Continue reading Slow motion crises
When politicians start a campaign one of the first questions they ask is how they can appeal to the base. Mainstream candidates lock into the usual suspects for rally turnout and fund-raising. The reformers struggle for voter attention and ways to tap into the key PAC's and the Koch's and Soros' of the world. Traditional brand … Continue reading All about that base?
None of the top 10 retail profit leaders in 1970 remain on the list today, and only half are still around at all. Leading brands like Best Buy and Barnes & Noble, that just a few years ago were building stores as fast as good sites could be found, are dramatically shrinking their store base … Continue reading Blaming the hole
When I was in business school, one of the major consulting firms was notorious for asking interviewees the question: "what if energy were free?" The short answer, of course, is "just about everything." But the point of the question was to see if candidates could understand what a driving factor energy costs were in most … Continue reading The endless aisle and the world’s smallest parking lot