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This Is Not a Surprise: Ron Johnson Out as J.C. Penney CEO

J.C. Penney has had trouble for quite a while. So, it went way out on a limb; and in late 2011, it hired Ron Johnson, the person who had designed and overseen the highly popular Apple Store chain. But Johnson … Continue reading

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A Graphical Look at the Apple Store’s Peformance

As we know, Apple’s store division has been on an incredible roll (see this post, for example). So, how are these stores doing across several financial dimensions? Recently, Horace Dediu compiled data on the Apple Store group and charted performance … Continue reading

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What’s Ahead for Gilt Groupe and Other “Flash Sale” Retailers

This is a pivotal time period for Groupon, LivingSocial, Gilt Groupe, and other online “flash sale” retailers. For example, as noted by Daily Deal Media:”Groupon is trying to dig itself out of the trenches and increase its value again. It’s … Continue reading

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Retailers Predicted to Close the Most Stores in 2013

Even though the economy has been looking brighter, a number of retailers remain in a precarious position. According to Douglas A. McIntyre, Samuel Weigley, Alexander E.M. Hess, and Michael B. Sauter (writing for 24/7 Wall), 8 retailers are likely to close … Continue reading

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Can Kmart Be Fixed?

For a long time, Kmart was a prominent retailing leader and innovator. According to its Web site: “More than one hundred years ago, Sebastian Spering Kresge opened a modest five-and-dime store in downtown Detroit … and changed the entire landscape … Continue reading

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How Small Businesses Can Determine Their Financial Value

Let’s say that you owned a gift shop, a restaurant, or a clothing store for five years. Wouldn’t you WANT to know what the financial value of your business is? Of course, you would. But most small business owners have no … Continue reading

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Daily Deal Promotions Not Working for Small Retailers

As we’ve written about before, daily deal sites such as Groupon and LivingSocial often do not achieve the intended results for retailers — namely, to offer a deeply-discounted deal through a Web site coupon that gets people to visit a … Continue reading

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