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The Sky Is Falling; Retail Bedtime Stories

by Robert Hetu  |  January 28, 2016

Yet another headline came into my email today "Do Macy's Troubles Mean The End Of The Department Store?". The financial markets and pundits are going insane so its time to...

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Retail Comp-Store Sales Becoming A Useless Measure

by Robert Hetu  |  January 6, 2016

I started writing this blog post back in August but never finished.  Not because it wasn't true or important, but wanting to be sure I conveyed the message clearly. The...

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This Holiday Season Will Challenge Assumptions

by Robert Hetu  |  December 11, 2014

There are more than a few highly disruptive changes taking place in retail, as to this there is no doubt. Cyber Monday exploded. Total Thanksgiving weekend spending declined 11% to...

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In Cold Blood: The Murder of Black Friday

by Robert Hetu  |  December 1, 2014

Slowly beaten to death by retailers, black Friday was given a fatal blow by consumers this holiday season. Once a term used to describe the beginning of the period when...

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Me-too is Not a Winning Retail Strategy

by Robert Hetu  |  November 4, 2014

Think of all the great retailers that pioneered new approaches to the market; Amazon, Circuit City, Kmart, Macy’s, Sears Roebuck, and Tesco, to name just a few. Regardless of their...

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A Profit Hiatus; Let’s Create Real Competition in Retail

by Robert Hetu  |  October 27, 2014

I’ve an idea for the financial markets; adopt a profit hiatus for the public retail business sector for an undetermined future time period.  Does this sound silly? Maybe, but that is exactly the environment that...

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Retail Peer Networking Opportunity at Orlando Symposium

by Robert Hetu  |  September 24, 2014

In addition to our dynamic Symposium retail track there is an opportunity to meet up with your peers in a casual atmosphere during a guest reception for Retail and Consumer...

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NRF Dreaming on Such a Summer Day

by Robert Hetu  |  July 24, 2014

Six months from now, rather than enjoying a beautiful summer day, I will join thousands as we brave the cold of New York for the National Retail Federation. Reflecting on...

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The Great Back-to-School Race Begins

by Robert Hetu  |  July 23, 2014

In 2014 retail has been moving between optimism and pessimism as the consumer continues to send signals that they are not yet confident in the U.S. recovery. This magnifies the focus...

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I promise I’ll connect this to retail but…..

by Robert Hetu  |  February 27, 2014

I have been thinking about income inequality. So much talk on the subject but not always intellectually honest debate. So please stick with me while I point out a few...

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