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Steve Goldberg discusses “How Technology Changes the Face of Retail”

By Galia Milovzorova | Buyer Magazine's A / W 2017-18 Issue In our technological age, brick-and-mortar stores all around the world are struggling to deliver the flawless shopping experience customers increasingly expect. Steve Goldberg, President of retail consulting firm The Grayson Company, whose client list includes Tommy Hilfiger, Cole Haan and UGG Australia, has some tricks up his sleeve. We caught up with him to learn more.

Are Retailers Exploiting International Women’s Day by Urging You to Shop?

By Alexandra Mondalek | March 8, 2017 While millions of men and women across the world seize International Women’s Day as a chance to recognize the fight toward gender equality, retailers still have the bottom line in mind. Retailers — seemingly without exception — are opportunistically leveraging the day of protest to push products. People’s email inboxes were flooded this morning with mass emails, broadcasting messages of “empowerment” and inclusiveness, as well as discount codes and promotions inviting women to shop. [...]

Overstored America: Retailers Wake Up and Work It Out

Store closings, well above the usual level of trimming retailers do annually, are expected this year. By David Moin | January 25, 2017 The shakeout has arrived. For retailers across the nation and up and down the price spectrum, 2017 will be a year of dramatic square footage reduction — and no one is being coy about it. “Brick-and-mortar retailers will evaluate store fleets relative to e-commerce and make decisions on what they believe to be [...]

Top Sears Execs Depart

More concerns emerge about the company’s health and viability By David Gill | December 6, 2016 Two of Sears Holdings top executives left the company last week, again raising questions about the retailer’s future. Joelle Maher, president and chief member officer of the Sears chain, and Jeff Balagna, executive vice president, both departed the company. Maher, who took her post in July 2015, was in charge of the chain’s merchandising, marketing and profit-and-loss operations, along [...]

HomeGoods on the March

Spitting in the eye of e-commerce, the off-price retailer strategically focuses on brick-and-mortar stores By David Gill | November 2, 2016 HomeGoods is home retailing’s new Gold Medalist. With many brick-and-mortar retailers posting up-and-down results lately—some with all down performance—the specialty operation of The TJX Cos. has maintained an upward trajectory for the past few years. Its net sales rose 31 percent to $3.9 billion from fiscal year 2014 to fiscal year 2016, which ended [...]

5 Secrets to Small-Business Success at the Holidays

By Jackie Zimmermann | November 23, 2016 The doorbuster deals are set and the Black Friday ads are out, perennial indicators that the holiday shopping season is in full swing. The National Retail Federation predicts $655.8 billion in holiday sales this season, up 3.6% from 2015. In addition to securing enough working capital and inventory, you’ll want to prepare for the rush in other ways. NerdWallet asked Steve Goldberg, president of retail consulting firm The Grayson Company, for tips [...]

Ikea’s Omnichannel Experiment

The Swedish retailer makes up for lost time with a thorough and deliberate approach to the newest form of retailing By Allison Zisko | November 2, 2016 Big boxy Ikea may ultimately prove that slow and steady wins the omnichannel race—and be surprisingly nimble at it in the process. After a relatively slow digital start—Peter Agnefjäll, president and CEO of Ikea Group, told CNBC one year ago that the Swedish retailer “could have been faster” getting [...]

Finish Line Struggles to Find JackRabbit Buyer

by Tony Owusu | Monday, November 21, 2016 Finish Line announced that it will take a $44 million charge related to the process of searching for buyers of JackRabbit. Finish Line could struggle to find a buyer for its specialty running business JackRabbit, industry analysts told the TheStreet Monday. The Indianapolis-based athletic shoe retailer announced that it is exploring options for the company, which could include a sale, and that it will take up to a $44 million charge [...]

Steve Goldberg discusses “6 Retail Store Design Tweaks to Boost Sales”

6 Retail Store Design Tweaks to Boost Sales Merchandise sells itself in stores with appealing entryways, intuitive paths, upscale lighting and branded signage. by: Joni Sweet Every square foot of your store has the potential to make a sale. But that doesn’t mean you should cram in as many signs and products as possible. An attractive, intuitive design and plenty of open space is more important to your bottom line. “Retail store designs are an [...]

TGC on “Customer Service Strategies that Help Maximize Holiday Sales”

Customer Service Strategies that Help Maximize Holiday Sales By: Catherine Conlan The holiday season is make-or-break time for many retailers, hospitality employers and service companies. Perhaps your company is feeling the stress of relying on seasonal employees to generate the holiday sales you’ll need to finish the year in the black. The best way to remedy this situation is to focus on better customer service-- especially during the all-important holiday season. Chances are your competitors are already working [...]