Monthly Archive: June 2012

Looking Forward by Looking Back

This is going to be one of those “looking forward by looking back” columns. It was inspired by a recent piece on, noting that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of four major U.S. retail chains – Wal-mart, Target, Kmart and Kohl’s. (The year 1962 also was notable as the inaugural season of the New York


Move Along; Nothing to See Here

It might have been on your mind recently as you’ve gone about your retail store visits. After all, for all of the talk of retail transformation (guilty as charged), most retailers’ store environments pretty much look the same way they did months ago. So far, the only physical evidence of J.C. Penney’s promised metamorphosis under Ron Johnson’s leadership, for example,