Yearly Archives: 2010

09 Sep 2010

Uncertain times in US apparel retail

Raj Bhatt

The last couple of years have been exceptionally uncertain for US apparel retailers. As is seen from the graph below, sales had a significant year-on-year dip in September 2008 with the financial crisis. Each of the subsequent twelve months witnessed year-on-year declines. In September 2009, apparel retail sales started showing signs of stabilization. Since December [...]

Uncategorized

Add

12 Aug 2010

Localizing assortment in fashion retail

Raj Bhatt

CNBC reported today that Macy’s recent outstanding results can be attributed to its local approach to customizing its assortment and its size mix (click here). Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren attributed the results to better margins, disciplined inventory management and Macy’s program to allow stores greater leeway in catering to local tastes. These factors also [...]

allocation, analytics, assortment, inventory management, retail apparel

Add

12 Aug 2010

… phone?… tablet PC?… No it’s a Dell Streak Part 2

Raj Bhatt

I have commented earlier on Dell’s mobile device strategy (click here) and on the Dell Streak (click here). Today Walt Mossberg reviewed the Dell Streak (click here) in the Wall Street Journal. Some salient points: I couldn’t find, and Dell couldn’t identify, any apps written especially for its larger screen. In fact, a few Android [...]

Dell, Mossberg, Streak

Add

19 Jul 2010

Is it a phone? Is it a tablet PC?… No it’s a Dell Streak

Raj Bhatt

Dell Streak has launched in the UK and will soon be launched in the US. Here is the product page from the Dell UK website (click here) and a much better product page on the O2 UK website (click here). Here’s a more instructional blog post from Dell (click here). I had blogged in January [...]

Dell, smartphone, Streak

Add

19 Jul 2010

Cola wars begin again

Raj Bhatt

Pepsi is relaunching its cola wars ad from 1995 with a new generation twist. (Click here).Interestingly they are comparing Coke Zero with Pepsi Max. Interesting sections of the NY Times news article: Introduced in Britain and Italy in 1993, and widely available in Europe ever since, Pepsi Max was not introduced in the United States [...]

demographics, Pepsi, segmentation, Usage and Attitude

Add