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How Strong Is the U.S. Economy for Retailers?

There have been many conflicting reports about the state of U.S. retailing. Some experts are rather pessimistic, while others are more optimistic. Count Mr. Steven Keith Platt, Director and Research Fellow at the Platt Retail Institute, among the latter: “The U.S. consumer … Continue reading

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Multi-Channel Trends

As we have frequently blogged (see this post, for example), multi-channel retailing is the wave of today and tomorrow. The retailers that succeed in the long run will be those that do the best job in this area. Recently, Platt … Continue reading

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An Optimistic Retail Holiday Forecast from Platt Retail Institute

There are many 2012 retail holiday forecasts that range from weak to strong sales estimates. One of the more optimistic forecasts is from the Platt Retail Institute: “This year’s holiday retail sales forecasts are out. Most are conservative, looking for … Continue reading

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Retailers’ Investment in Technology: An Industry Perspective

In a recent newsletter, Platt Retail Institute reported on research that it conducted on retailers’ use of technology. It summarized the findings, thusly: “In this Research Article, we look at published data, and also compile Census Bureau data, to consider the … Continue reading

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