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The Sears-Might-Die-Hard Auto Center

February 17th, 2017 · 2 Comments

SAN ANTONIO – Sears has opened a new spin-off concept, the Die Hard Auto Center. Of course, Die Hard is a strong Sears brand, and this news is just coming off Sears’ sale of Craftsman for an astounding $775 million to Black & Decker. Currently, Sears Holdings is on track to do a Pan Am. […]

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American Brand: Leather from J. W. Hulme

February 14th, 2017 · No Comments

There is a large amount of room in the marketplace for small, regional, handcrafted fashion and craft brands. One of the many surviving leather companies is J.W. Hulme of St. Paul, Minnesota. They make excellent leather goods, including bags, briefcases and wallets; it’s a luxury approach with a simpler, less fashion look.  The company is a […]

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Food Creates and Sustains The Brand at Department Stores

November 11th, 2016 · 2 Comments

That Arby’s CEO Paul Brown has joined the board of JCPenney has got me thinking. After JCPenney brought back appliances, why not bring reintroduce food? Part of the old joy of going to department stores was the element of surprise, and options for repeat visits. One way to do that is a restaurant operation and grocery items. Sadly, […]

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Fashion & Regionalism, an Easy Brand Revamp for Alitalia

August 15th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Uniforms are the original way to rebrand an institution. From Roman soldiers to Olympic athletes, clothes make the man. And the woman. And the institution. Alitalia figured this out in a stylish rebranding. Late this spring, the national airline of Italy unveiled a new branding campaign with its central identity created by the fashion designer Ettore Bilotta. […]

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Five Favorite Retail History Websites

July 4th, 2016 · 2 Comments

There are a large number of helpful websites that detail retail history. While Wall Street has finally understood the dangers lurking in American retail, these websites have been detailing what has been happening, some of them for the last decade. Many of them also have ideas and answers and solutions, should the investor class take the […]

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Rockwell Consumer Brand Returns

June 16th, 2016 · 2 Comments

As American companies have abandoned their legacy and sold out or turned into ever larger monopolies, new companies, often non U.S., have reaped the great rewards. One such story is Rockwell, which was one of the stellar brands of the United States space program, and best known and most trusted industrial names in the world. Rockwell […]

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The Bandit Trans Am, a G.M. Chevrolet

May 28th, 2016 · 3 Comments

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TALLAHASSEE – A reproduction Trans Am, signed by Burt Reynolds, has been a hit on social media and in car shows this spring. The $115,000 car, a specialty item modified from a new Chevrolet Camaro, is a modern interpretation of the car that  gained fame in the hilarious Jackie Gleason, Sally Field and Burt Reynolds 1977 […]

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Kmart Tries Again With Blue Light

January 16th, 2016 · 3 Comments

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Kmart, a unit of Sears Holdings, has struggled for the last two decades. In the last two years, management has tried to give the brand focus, all the while suffering from old stores and less viable locations. This month, more bad news came as more store closings are announced and Christmas […]

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Roy Rogers Making a Comeback

July 1st, 2015 · 7 Comments

It was the Chipotle of the 1970s. A fast food brand started by Marriott, Roy Rogers almost went by the wayside, but then the wayside of the New Jersey Turnpike kept the brand visible, and it lived. The idea was simple. Serve better ingredients than the normal fast food restaurant, allow people to put their […]

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Lincoln’s Continental Redux Sorta Presidential

May 15th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Lincoln Continental 1956

In Jim Croce’s 1970s ditty, bad boy Leroy Brown had a “Custom Continental” and an “Eldorado too.” Well, of the two, both are still quite memorable automobile models, the former always looking a bit stodgy and sometimes Presidential and the latter, frankly a bit pimp but in some years, quite elegant. Both Cadillac and Lincoln […]

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