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To Buy Well, Apply Classic Considerations, Not Passing Fashions

To Buy Well, Apply Classic Considerations, Not Passing Fashions

News that Kate Spade is potentially up for sale should trigger some interest; http://business.financialpost.com/news/retail-marketing/kate-spade-co-shares-jump-the-most-in-more-than-five-years-on-report-company-may-sell-itself   Brick & Mortar enterprises remain relevant, especially in fashion. Kate Spade may be more successful if not a solo act, but as part of Coach, Michael Kors, PVH, VF Corp, etc. Who might be interested in buying, and why? Those [...]

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Hiatus

Hiatus

Steven no longer blogs on a regular basis but welcomes followers for business, education, pop culture and trend observations at @strategysteven (all opinions are his own)!

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Cookies Trumps Sponges; Slow Beats Fast

Cookies Trumps Sponges; Slow Beats Fast

New studies show that children raised with the help of hyperactive action junky SpongeBob are being out-aced by kids raised with slower paced media forms. Once again this just shows how brilliant and ahead of their time some children’s shows were a generation ago. The Friendly Giant, Mr Rogers, Captain Kangaroo and Sesame Street may [...]

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Wisdom, Skill, Virtue- whether true in reality or merely in myth, there’s something compelling about the idea of the warrior-monk;  noblre yet humble; dedicated to a larger cause yet not arrogant; a man of thought, words, and spirit- the Shaolin priest-warrior; the taciturn dispossessed Ronin; the self-sacrificing Knight Templar, the Hindu Prince Arujun, etc, etc, [...]

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When Liberalism Has a Perimeter

When Liberalism Has a Perimeter

There’s a another well-meaning liberal social movement afoot; it’s a one but with ….consequences. Pretty predictable consequences. Living in the city as opposed to some elite suburb or gated community, I see up close the beneficiaries of these policies; living close to not one but two mental health outpatient facilities exposes you to those on [...]

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Tech & Retail Starting to Align (or Overlap)

Tech & Retail Starting to Align (or Overlap)

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Time to Rethink When Guys Can Cry?

Time to Rethink When Guys Can Cry?

Last July, I wrote about the 15 times that a guy can cry Here In retrospect, I may have sold short the XY chromosome crowd. Since that time, I’ve watched ‘October Sky’, The Lion King, and an excruciating drawn-out scene with the Lieutenant on “Cracker: To Be A Somebody”. And I’ve again listened to Gary [...]

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Upping the Christmas Spirit

Upping the Christmas Spirit

Gotta love this story! A Louisiana woman, Sarah-Childs   w  

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More Than a Pitchman

More Than a Pitchman

RIP Dave Nichol. Only met him once – and briefly at that- but he was a towering figure in Retail strategy. In the late 1970′s, a time At a time when many Canadian retailers were strategically bereft- Valdis, Miracle Food Mart, A&P/ Dominion, BiWay, Grafton Group, etc- Dave Nicol took the lead in moving Loblaqws [...]

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Trend Summary Worth Reading

Trend Summary Worth Reading

Don’t miss this terrific little article on Top Ten Trends – it touches on shifts in consumer behaviour, buying behaviour & technology, retail, media, etc http://www.retaildive.com/news/10-trends-shaping-the-future-of-retail/404793/

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