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June 2020

June
02
Build-A-Bear ended its last fiscal year on a strong note, with improved revenue and a solid balance sheet that was unencumbered with debt.
June
02
With most of its stores closed at some point during the first quarter, Dick’s Sporting Goods' net sales plummeted by 30.6%.
June
01
In less than six months we will be deep into the holidays.

May 2020

Ron Lutz
May
29
Brick-and-mortar stores across the country, from Nordstrom to REI, are reopening with limits on customer capacity.
May
29
While Nordstrom performed modestly better than many other department stores over the course of the crisis, the overall gap between it and the rest was relatively slight.
May
29
Looking at Williams-Sonoma’s sales figures you’d hardly know that there had been a major health crisis over the past few months.
Dollar General store exterior
May
28
Some retailers suffered terribly during the pandemic; others managed to hold their own.
May
27
Everything is changing rapidly. Retailers need financing that allows them to evolve with the circumstances.
Rebecca Goldberg
May
26
In recent years, off-price retailers have successfully gained precious market share from traditional retail channels.  The growing demand for designer trends at deep discounts coupled with shorter-lead times and agile buying within off-price
May
22
The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown the United States into a recession.
May
21
Given that all Best Buy’s physical stores were closed for six weeks of the quarter and that it sells mostly bigger ticket discretionary products, a sales decline of 6.3% is nothing short of a remarkable result.
May
20
The economic impact COVID-19 is having on physical stores is unprecedented, as more than 250,000 locations across the U.S. have either temporarily or entirely closed since March.
lowes
May
20
An excellent performance from Lowe’s saw sales increase by 10.9% on a total basis and by 11.2% in comparable terms.
May
19
As the largest grocer in the U.S. – and one of the handful of retailers that remained open in March and April – many consumers turned to Walmart during the coronavirus crisis, both to stock up pantries and to secure the everyday goods they need.
JC Penney storefront
May
18
After a long period of decline, JC Penney has finally bowed to the inevitable and filed for bankruptcy protection.
May
15
In April, total retail sales plummeted by 20.9% on a year-over-year basis.
Jill Standish
May
14
COVID-19 is altering consumer behaviors and many of these shifts could be permanent.
store
May
13
In early 2020, retail was predictable. 
May
12
COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the ways in which we use (or, more accurately, avoid) public accommodations spaces in recent months.
May
11
The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly taken a toll on most industries, and certainly retail has been amongst the hardest hit.
mobile
May
08
Facing the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, major retailers have had to depend more heavily on mobile apps to stay connected to customers and keep business moving. 
May
07
Grocery retailers and their employees have fast become some of the most essential service providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nordstrom
May
06
Closing 16 of its full-line stores – around 14% of the total store base – is a significant move by Nordstrom.
May
05
In starting its new fiscal year, Wayfair’s results make it clear that the company has failed to turn over a new leaf.
j crew
May
04
Although J Crew has been making progress in reducing its losses, the company still ended its last fiscal year $78.8 million in the red.
May
01
So many property owners and their tenants are struggling to stay in business, let alone cash-flow positive, through the COVID-19 crisis.

April 2020

coronavirus concept
Apr
24
Many borrowers already have drawn down much or all of their available credit line in order to have the liquidity to ride out the COVID19 pandemic. Other borrowers are contemplating doing the same.
David Holme
Apr
24
Chain Store Age recently spoke with David Holme, founder and CEO of Exigent Group, about how retailers can adapt — online and in store — to the changes and challenges being wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Apr
24
News that J.C. Penney is in advanced talks with lenders about its bankruptcy options comes as no surprise.
Apr
23
With the rise of COVID-19, the grocery shopping experience was radically and abruptly disrupted.
Apr
23
Setting the right price has always been a complex question for fashion retailers. 
Apr
22
The retail industry was in trouble before the virus. Online retail and e-commerce sites changed consumer spending habits and the high costs of running a brick-and-mortar retail had a negative impact on the industry.
Chad Schumacher
Apr
22
The everyday task of balancing supply and demand is an enormous challenge at the heart of every thriving business. 
Apr
21
If you operate a retail business, your world just changed forever. 
Lindsey Mazza
Apr
15
In our technology-driven global economy, the race is on for retailers to find new ways to become more central in their customers’ lives.  This requires rethinking every touchpoint across the retailer-consumer relationship, now more than
Closed sign
Apr
13
The Covid-19 pandemic has shut down most of the economy and retailers are among the businesses that could be closed for months.
scan & go alcohol
Apr
13
What shoppers are looking for when they step foot in a convenience store is in the name: convenience.  They’re looking for an easy, quick experience – whether that’s filling up their tank, grabbing a few items they need, or both.
Apr
10
Coronavirus is unsettling every aspect of our lives, including our retail experiences. 
supply chain
Apr
07
While people’s health is the number one concern during the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions are near the top of the list of business risks.
Apr
06
Since March 1, the entire retail sector has undergone a huge sea change, with several major sectors seeing severe declines in business, even before virtually all specialty apparel and department stores closed the week of March 15, along with many other specialty stores.
Apr
06
Anyone with an email address or Facebook account can see how hard brands are working to get their attention. 
Apr
03
As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps America and shelter-in-place orders drag on, online shopping, once a convenience, is now a necessity. 
Manuel Fishman
Apr
02
Chain store retailers are a diverse group and cross product lines – food, furniture, apparel, eyewear, entertainment, in line, end cap and interior mall access and direct access.

March 2020

covid-19 image
Mar
31
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to dominate headlines worldwide, businesses in nearly every industry face fresh challenges each day, many of which will impact operations in the weeks and months to come.
Mar
25
We are in the midst of unprecedented times. Work, family, social, health, and emotional well-being have all instantaneously changed.
Mar
17
Consumer buying behaviors are changing dramatically as a result of COVID-19 – what people buy, where they buy, how they buy, how much they buy, and how often. This places great strain and uncertainty on a complex and already over
Abercrombie & Fitch store
Mar
04
Unlike many apparel retailers, Abercrombie & Fitch bucked the negative trends in its final quarter and produced a solid set of results.
target checkout
Mar
03
When looked at in isolation, Target’s final quarter numbers do not make for terrible reading.
Mar
02
Successful Chapter 11s for retailers have become few and far between.
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