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Corra Consulting - A Year in Review

16December

A Year in Review

Google’s Zeitgeist posted this week--providing A Year in Search: the moments that defined 2014. So, within the context of this year’s greater socio-political landscape, I offer its corollary and my final round up for this year--specific to the home furnishings industry and its retailers, manufacturers and consumers.

We searched for hope and leadership with the right vision.  Li appointed president of Ralph Lauren Home. Sur La Table names new ceo. Target’s new ceo, Brian Cornell, is the ultimate Target guest. Home Depot exec becoming new JCPenney ceo. Greg Foran promoted to Walmart U.S. president and ceo.

We searched for science to innovate and to help sustain. Method and Gotham Greens team up to build rooftop farm. iRobot debuts robot platform for STEM. Simmons debuts “smart” mattress. Sungevity and ABC Carpet & Home partner in the climate revolution.

We searched for greatness and honored one of merchandising’s greats. Jack MA, Alibaba’s founder, in the IPO spotlight. RH ready to ramp up. Williams-Sonoma to reopen original store on the occasion of Chuck Williams’ 99th birthday.

We searched to make sense. Sears Holdings has been bleeding and closing hundreds of doors. Dollar General outbid Dollar Tree for Family Dollar, but do they want to win? After 113 years in business, Alco Stores has decided to shut down all of its 198 stores.

We searched to remember… Edward Finkelstein. Richard Ramos. Norman Coley. Oscar De La Renta. Lissa Wyman.

We searched to be inspired. This is Story. Kickstarter. Pinterest.

With optimism, we can now look forward to the opportunities that 2015 will bring. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and the very best of New Years. See you January 6.


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