Today’s headlines about brick and mortar companies are troubling. Office Depot just announced it will close 400 stores. Radio Shack wants to close 1,100 stores but its lenders are resisting.  Sears is looking to sell off chunks of its real estate. The prevailing wisdom of retailing strategy seems to be minimizing investment in brick and […]

My most recent Harvard Business Review piece discusses retail industry trends, specifically big brands and other progressive retailers like Whole Foods, Starbucks and Lululemon Athletica who are increasingly shedding their national standards and conventions to achieve a more local brand image. Given the successes reported by these pioneering retailers, it’s likely we’ll see even more companies moving in this […]

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. […]