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Tuesday's Thread


Costco, Amazon.com & HGTV's Draw

Image: A customer packs groceries into his car outside a Costco store in Richmond, Calif. Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan--Getty Images.  Source: Fortune. Costco posts higher sales even as gasoline prices weaken.  John Kell.  October 8, 2014.

Costco profits.  Amazon.com builds.  And, why so many watch HGTV.


Manufacture NY, Wayfair & Forty Portraits

Image: Fashion Incubator Poster. Source: Fast Company Labs. Inside the Fashion Incubator That's Hacking Global Manufacturing.  Chris Dannen.  October 2, 2014.

Hacking global manufacturing.  Wayfair--beyond the IPO.  And, forty portraits in forty years.


Terry Lundgren, Kevin Mansell & Martha Stewart

Image: Kim Bhasin for "Business Insider." Source: BI's Macy's CEO Offers Ominous Insight About American Consumers.  Ashley Lutz.  September 26, 2014.

Macy’s CEO’s ominous insight.  Kohl’s fighting its way back.  And, Martha Stewart meets…well…Martha Stewart.


Millennials--The Key to Retail's Comeback

Image: Brad Trent for "Barron's." Source: Barron's. On the Rise. By Jacqueline Doherty.  April 29,2013.

Perspective around this valuable consumer segment and its particular challenges and opportunities at retail.


Live from New York, Home Depot's Gains & The Off Duty Fall 50

Image: Travis Rathbone for "The Wall Street Journal," Styling by Wendy Schelah.  Source: WSJ's The Off Duty Fall 50.  September 10, 2014.

New York Home Fashions Market Week.  Behind Home Depot’s stock successes.  And, fifty ideas, adventures, looks, gadgets and distractions.


Retail's Year End Outlook, Target & Charlotte Ronson

Image: Mixed Metal Pots and Pans with a Handy Hanging Rack.  Photo Credit: Lesley Unruh. Source: One Kings Lane Blog - Live-Love-Home. At Home with Charlotte Ronson.  August 27, 2014.

The Credit Suisse Report.  Target as Barometer.  And, One Kings Lane tours fashion insider Charlotte Ronson's stylish loft in New York's Noho neighborhood.


Williams-Sonoma, TJX Companies and Gross Margin Pressures

Image: Photo Illustration of TJX Shopping Bag.  Photo Credit: Sam Kaplan. Source: Fortune. Beth Kowitt.  August 11, 2014.

An original restored.  Fortune’s take on TJX.  And, some thoughts on sluggish spending and gross margins’ erosion.


The Fantasy Football of Home Furnishings

Photo: uncredited.  Source: Google Images, courtesy of The Grommet.  Somerville, MA: Home of Makers, Hipsters and our New Office!

How our industry would be different--and infinitely more interesting--if retailers adapted my FF strategies to their businesses.


Google's "Tin Anniversary," Wayfair's IPO and Fall Fashion

Image: Technicolor Dream Coats.  Photo Credit: Driu & Tiago for WSJ Magazine, Styling by Zara Zachrisson. Source: WSJ Magazine. August 13, 2014.

An old IPO.  A new IPO.  And, Technicolor Dream Coats.


Sears Canada, Story and HGTV

Image: Sears.  Photo Credit: AP. Source: New York Post. James Covert.  August 4, 2014.

Sycamore offers hope.  Story--the future of retail.  And, what will One Kings Lane do with HGTV and DIY? 


Walmart Schmall-Mart, Lighting’s New Frequency and Gabor Cossa

Image: uncredited.  Credit: n3rdabl3-grab a byte. John Griffin.  A Kickstarter to Add a Little Light to Your Life: LightFreq.  August 5, 2014.

Goldman Sachs predicts Big Box demise.  Kickstarter is where it’s at.  And, how Gabor Cossa might represent the future as much as the past.


The NRF, Dollar Stores and the Male CEO Instinct Gap

Image: A shopper carries bags of shopping.  Photo Credit: Bloomberg--Getty Images. Fortune.  July 23, 2014.

The National Retail Federation lowers sales outlook.  Dollar Tree and Family Dollar are now one big happy family.  And, "What Women Want" Redux.


JCPenney Revisited & Ron Johnson

Is it still too soon to understand the impact?

Image: JCPenney Co. placard.  photo source: LinkedIn.  There's Only One Steve.  June 26, 2014.

Here Clinton's phrase, "It's the economy, Stupid," did not apply.  This was about the product, Stupid!


Bed Bath & Beyond, Capsule and HD Buttercup Sues OKL

Bed Bath & Beyond, Capsule and HD Buttercup Sues OKL

Wall Street Speculates.  Capsule Continues to Innovate.  And, When AdWords Generate MadWords.


Google, Artisans and the World Cup Mash-Up

Google, Artisans and the World Cup Mash-Up

Google Has Plans.  Designers Cooperate.  And, Nike is being Nike at its best.

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