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Don't Call It "The Customer-Centeric Supply Chain"

Last week I attended the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals’ annual conference (CSCMP) here in Denver. I do not always go every year because I have found in the past that while there are lots of great sessions and topics of discussion, they serve my inner supply chain geek, and not so much my inner retail geek.

Net Income for Shopping Centers in Q3 Hits Historic High

NEW YORK – The U.S. shopping center industry has just posted its highest net operating income (NOI) per square foot in history. It grew at 7.4% year-over-year gain in the third quarter.

The ACA Website Mess: Lessons for Retailers

Regardless of your political or social views regarding the U.S. Federal health insurance mandate, known as the Affordable Care Act (or perhaps less affectionately as “ObamaCare”), there can be no question that the first three weeks of the Federal health exchange website’s online existence have been an unmitigated disaster.

Veterans and their Families Invited to Participate in Turn-Key Military Franchise Program from IslandTime Treasures

Ultra-affordable, flexible new program welcomes veterans, active duty, Guard, Reserve, Coast Guard and spouses

September Chain-Store Sales Post 4% Gain

NEW YORK—U.S. chain-store sales posted a gain of 4.0% for the fiscal month of September on a year-over-year basis.

Can Every Brand Tell a Story?

Two weeks ago I wrote about brand storytelling and started to break down what that really means.

US Volvo Dealers Hopeful of Interim CEO, Ford Contemplates Losing Their CEO

Last week Volvo chose the head of its finance arm, Toni Nicolosi, to be its interim CEO. Franchisees are already saying that he will listen to dealers.

Apple To Franchise in India

Apple's more economically priced iPhone 5c

The new iPhone 5c. Photo/Apple

Having walked away from a franchise model for its Apple stores in America because it wanted control of how it touched consumers, Apple is rumored to be looking to franchise in smaller markets in India.

Merchandising's Magic Bullet Syndrome

We’ve just recently released our annual Merchandising benchmark report, and with it, we’re starting to see a more focused picture of today’s merchant.

Retail Bounces Back at September’s End

NEW YORK – After two weeks of sluggish sales, retailers enjoyed a bounce back in sales as the fiscal month came to a close.