Nearly 30,000 thousand people gathered at the National Retail Federation’s Retail BIG Show 2013 to hear from thought-leaders on the challenges and opportunities in retail.  Here are key tenets from the conversations. Nine Retail Tenets for 2013 by Denise Lee Yohn from Denise Lee Yohn, Inc. […]


brand-as-business bit:  In a recent feature, Bloomberg Businessweek detailed “The Battle for Best Buy, the Incredible Shrinking Big Box.”  It was an informative piece about the retailer’s challenges but what caught my eye were the stats outlining key retail metrics: first, real estate — Costco leads the pack of featured retailers at $1,031 and GameStop […]


Consensus Advisors‘ Managing Director Doug Stebbins joins me today for an interview about the retail industry.  Consensus Advisors is a boutique investment banking and financial advisory firm which focuses on retail and consumer products. Doug head up the Valuation, Benchmarking and Analytical Services Group and created the Retailer Health Ratings™ which I’ve previously posted about.  Doug […]

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Recently several manufacturers have announced that they are initiating an e-commerce business.   I’m not sure of the motivations behind these moves but it seems to be a growing trend. Although many manufacturers have been offering direct sales for many years through their own e-commerce sites, it seems we’re seeing a new surge of interest in […]