Dead brand walking: Sears is going out with a bang

In the weird irony that is often part of retail (and life in general), Sears Holdings recently announced its first quarter of comparable sales growth in many years—and I believe only its second or third since I left the retailer in 2003! It turns out that the liquidations sales being held in the many Sears and Kmart locations that … Continue reading Dead brand walking: Sears is going out with a bang

Nordstrom: No good deeds go unpunished

Nordstrom--not only one of my favorite places to shop but also a brand I regularly feature in my keynotes on remarkable retail--recently reported strong quarterly operating performance and raised its outlook. So, naturally the stock promptly got whacked--and continues to be caught up in the market downdraft. To be sure, a non-recurring $72MM charge related to credit card … Continue reading Nordstrom: No good deeds go unpunished

Will Amazon 4-Star live up to its reviews?

After learning that Amazon might open up to 3,000 Go stores by 2021, the industry was still catching its collective breath when the retail behemoth opened an entirely new format in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood last week. Amazon 4-Star is the latest move into physical retail on the part of the once online-only retailer, joining Amazon Books and Whole Foods. … Continue reading Will Amazon 4-Star live up to its reviews?

Here’s what investors are missing about the Sears-Amazon partnership

Shares of Sears Holdings spiked last week on news that the beleaguered retailer had expanded its tire partnership with Amazon. Once again, the optimism — or is it outright gullibility? — of some investors astonishes me. Over four years ago, I wrote (admittedly more than a little bit provocatively) that Sears investors would do far better with a liquidation of the company than with … Continue reading Here’s what investors are missing about the Sears-Amazon partnership

Retail earnings: The best of times, the worst of times

This is a big earnings period for retailers. As the reports roll in, it's increasingly clear that it's both the best of times and the worst of times for retail. While performance overall is, on average, much better than a year ago, what continues to come into sharper relief are three inescapable conclusions. First, as I have been … Continue reading Retail earnings: The best of times, the worst of times