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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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Brand Storefronts Compared To Web Pages

February 1st, 2010 · No Comments

NEW YORK – It’s a really cool blogpost. Blue Fountain Media put together a comparison of bricks vs. clicks. It’s a list of storefronts on the web and how they compare to storefronts online. Dozens of brands on the list, and right next are shots of storefronts. Says Zoe Holmes of Blue Fountain: “It shows […]

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Phoenix Project Entry #2: How to Reposition RadioShack

June 1st, 2009 · 3 Comments

SAVANNAH – Entries are just out in the Savannah College of Art & Design’s Phoenix Project. (See a full list of entries here.) At right, the entry for RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) by the student team of Rodrigo Mitma and Josh Finkelstein. Brand Problem: Big-Box and online electronic stores are superior in sales. Research shows that […]

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Tags: Collegiate · Electronics · Retail

Let Them Sell Cupcakes, Jewelers Selling Records

April 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment

We ran across an old record catalog from the 78 era, and noticed that it came from a jewelry store in Norfolk, Virginia. The jewelers D. P. Paul, still (I think) a favorite old-line jeweler in the Norfolk area. Strangely, in 1941, they used to sell records. It made us think. Back then, jewelers sold […]

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Tags: Commentary · Retail

Aloha and Mahalo, Alfred Shaheen

January 28th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Shaheen made Hawaii-print shirts famous Just a big mahalo to Alfred Shaheen, the man who not only made Hawaiian shirts famous and in the process helped gave Hawaii an identity after statehoood. He died in December. Shaheen was Lebanese, and started making Hawaiian shirts just after World War II. It was a perfect time, as […]

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Tags: Department Stores · Fashion · Regional Brands · Tourism

Retail Needs a Fix

January 19th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Repair and Parts Business Offers Great Margins and Improved Customer Relationships According to recent news reports, consumers are apparently buying clothes they like in three colors, instead of trying out new styles. This is old school. This is a big change. It’s the same philosophy that is driving the re-launch of Anderson-Little as a […]

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Macy’s Undervalues Its Former Brands

January 17th, 2009 · 5 Comments

Except for the success of discounters like Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), BJ’s Wholesale Club (BJ), Dollar Tree (DLTR), Family Dollar Stores (FDO) and Dollar General, it feels like 1932. That being said, not all retailers will go the way of Circuit City and Linens-n-Things. So the question becomes what retailers can do to tread water through […]

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Tags: Department Stores

Valentine Museum Shows Regional Retail Neon

January 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Recently Restored Signs On View at Valentine Richmond History Center RICHMOND — Original neon signs from two well-known Virginia retailers have been restored to original working condition and are on display at the Valentine Richmond History Center. The exterior sign from the former Mill End Shop in Richmond ‘s Carytown and a mid-century A&N Store […]

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Tags: Regional Brands · Retail

Wharton Study: Make Malls Different, or Else

December 9th, 2008 · No Comments

PHILADELPHIA – A study released today on mall shoppers by Wharton’s Baker Retailing Initiative makes the case that malls need more interesting stores and better restaurants. The results seem obvious, but retailers have been missing major opportunities, and driving away customers at a time they can’t afford it, says Paula Courtney of the Verde Group, […]

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Tags: Commentary · Fashion · Retail

Prairie Belt, Tasty Smoked Sausage

October 27th, 2008 · 58 Comments

Cousins to Vienna Sausages, but darker? Try some Prairie Belt Smoked Sausage! In case you didn’t know or can’t read, the serving suggestion on the front shows that the sausages are best eaten on a plate, stacked. Thank you for that. The sausage is distributed by Castleberry’s Food Company from Augusta, Georgia. We found this […]

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Tags: Brand History · Grocery