Bryan's Blog

  • 6 Reasons Home Depot Is Building A Better Mousetrap

    June 23, 2017

    Following a generally soft first quarter that has many retailers examining their foundations and tearing up the floorboards, Home Depot stood out with better-than-expected improvements in its performance. Here’s a half-dozen ways it’s staying ahead.

  • Is Macy’s Walking In Discounter Shoes? The Brands May Decide

    June 16, 2017

    Macy’s move into self-service shoe departments has some saying it is adopting a discount model in order to survive. But it may not have a choice. Will its efforts to balance shopper desires with exclusive brands help it stand apart, or blend it in with other value chains?

  • CVS’s Good-Health Mission Raises Burning Question: Should Shoppers Care?

    June 12, 2017

    First it stood up for our lungs, then our hearts. Now CVS is standing up for our hides, and in doing so is proving its commitment to be not only a retailer, but a shaper of health care. Will this be evident to its shoppers? A look into CVS financials provides a hint.

  • Will Target/Casper Partnership Awaken Retail To Consumer Needs?

    June 7, 2017

    Target’s agreement to sell online-only Casper mattresses implies it spotted profit in the bedroom. But the appeal may not be a demand for mattresses, but for simplicity. Online mattresses, like online razors, take the pain out of practical purchases, and people are willing to pay for it.

  • Amazon Rewards Shoppers With New Payment Option, But Is It Easy Enough?

    May 31, 2017

    By offering its shoppers a cost-free way to pay for purchases — with third-party credit card rewards — may have struck upon an easy way to increase sales. The question is whether paying with American Express or Citi points is adding too much complexity — for all.

  • Kroger’s Meal Kits Could Make A Meal Of The Industry

    May 23, 2017

    Kroger’s test of meal kits is small but noteworthy. The meal-in-a-box industry, while relatively small when compared with supermarkets, meets a burgeoning need. Kroger might prove that supermarkets can own this service, but that means balancing a few sweet and sour notes.