Who Wins? Assessing The Blood Sport That Is This Retail Holiday Season
For normal people, the holiday season is about cherished traditions, time with family, and a break from work. For retailers, the holiday season is blood sport. It’s what retailers train for throughout the entire year; we’re all in it to win it. And industry experts are already skewing positive about this year’s possibilities – a JP […]
Yes, the World Series is Fun – But Can America’s Pastime Thrive in the Amazon Age?
The Red Sox defeated the Dodgers yesterday, officially kicking off the World Series in style. But the excitement of baseball’s biggest event might mask a more salient question: is baseball still truly America’s favorite pastime? If you set aside the Americana – the crack of the bat, the roar of the crowds, and a cold beer – […]
Higher-end Meets Highest-End: Are Michael Kors and Versace A Perfect Couple?
$2.1 billion. That’s what it took for Michael Kors to snap up famed Italian fashion house Versace and create a new American luxury conglomerate – Capri Holdings – that also encompasses Kors’s previous acquisition, Jimmy Choo. Some might dismiss this as an “odd couple” pairing – the hyper-accessibility of Michael Kors and the esoteric appeal of Versace – […]
Brands, Your Ads Are Almost Certainly Terrible (Here’s Why)
When I was a kid, there were commercials for days: Cabbage Patch Kids, Transformers, L’eggo my Eggo, public service announcements (“This is your brain on drugs.”). Constant interruptions to TV shows, sports and movies was the annoying norm (unless you were friends with that one lucky kid who had HBO). Today, the list of ways […]
You’re Not Taking This Long-Shot Amazon Competitor Seriously Enough
On Tuesday, Kroger announced it will sell its goods on Alibaba’s website, opening an online storefront on the giant’s Tmall Global marketplace. Earlier this month, Kroger introduced a new at-home, speedy delivery service – Kroger Ship – that gets home goods to customers in two days. A distribution play with an international e-commerce powerhouse? Delivering more convenience to shoppers […]