Retail

Jones Soda – Back from the Dead

Jones Soda – Back from the Dead

About a decade ago, Jones Soda (JSDA) was briefly an incredible success story about a regionally popular brand which had used grassroots marketing to achieve rapid growth on a national scale. Unfortunately, the soda story fizzled when they […]

Why Amazon Gained 380% And Hewlett-Packard Lost 42% In The Past Five Years

Why Amazon Gained 380% And Hewlett-Packard Lost 42% In The Past Five Years

Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ), one of the greatest success stories of American enterprise, seems to have lost its magic.  Superb management and great products resulted in HPQ’s stock rising relentlessly from the mid 1960’s through early 2000 when […]

Saks “Gets It” – Starbucks Not Quite There

Brutal Days For Retailers Retailing has suddenly become a lot more complicated than simply planning how many more stores to open next year and projecting sales increases.   Today, the toughest job is surviving. Job losses, pay cuts […]

The Good News About Retail Sales

Business Week reports bad news that is actually good news. The Economy That Stole Christmas It was just as bad as experts had feared—and maybe even worse. Retail sales for the Nov. 1-Dec. 24 season sagged between […]

The Collapse Of The American Consumer

Retail Sales Plummet 2008 is winding up as one of the worst holiday sales seasons on record.   Overall sales for December declined by 4% and selected sales categories showed huge declines. Luxury goods, once considered immune from […]