The endless aisle and the world’s smallest parking lot

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

Will you miss me when I’m gone?

The retail graveyard is littered with once powerful brands that used to command strong market share and intense customer loyalty. The current retail scene is filled with brands in--or on their way to--the intensive care unit, as they struggle to re-ignite comparable store sales and reverse declining margins. Just this past week, former retail juggernaut … Continue reading Will you miss me when I’m gone?