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Nike earnings could be squeezed by competition

MarketWatch |  Mar 20

Under Armour and Adidas are challenging Nike, but Nike’s portfolio of merchandise is considered strong Nike Inc. is expected to announce third-quarter earnings on Tuesday. See also: Dick’s Sporting Goods dumping 20% of vendors to focus on private brands The […]

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21st Century Product Portfolio Management

Consumer Goods Technology |  Feb 27

Senior executives at consumer products companies are caught in a tight bind these days. Wall Street still has high expectations for growth, but many of the companies’ growth strategies – such as expanding into China and emerging markets to balance […]

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Frigid weather could boost December apparel retail ...

MarketWatch |  Dec 16

Colder temps, and holiday-season snow, look to lift December apparel sales compared to last year, the latest projections from weather intelligence and analysis company Planalytics show. Planalytics began sounding the alarm for cold weather on Dec. 1, first anticipating a […]

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Fighting Amazon’s Supply Chain Takeover

Supply Chain Management Review |  Nov 26

In late 2015, Amazon received a license from the U.S. government to act as a freight forwarder for ocean container shipping. That approval came on the heels of Amazon winning a similar license from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. Armed […]

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Analytics and the Evolution of Key Value Items

Retail Info Systems News |  Oct 18

In order to manage an ever growing assortment of Stock Keeping Units (SKUs), retailers adopted the notion of Key Value Items (KVIs), which are the items believed to most drive brand perception. Historically, retailers have identified such items through varying […]

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American Airlines Adding Four flights from Phoenix,...

Phonenix Business Journal |  Oct 16

Despite Phoenix losing an American Airlines flight training center in August, Sky Harbor remains an important hub for the Texas-based airline. The airline has plans to add nine flights from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport this year, seven of which […]

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You Can Pay for Airline Tickets in Monthly Installm...

The Street |  Oct 15

In a move some describe as bold and others say is puzzling, CheapAir recently began offering customers the ability to pay for airline ticket purchases in monthly installments. The program, launched in August, is aimed primarily at people who do […]

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Retailers are copying Amazon with a strategy that&#...

Business Insider |  Oct 09

Amazon, the king of ecommerce, has long been a trailblazer in the world of online shopping. But now its business model is rubbing off on retailers, and changing the way we shop in traditional brick-and-mortar stores. Amazon Prime is a […]

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Taking it Personal

Hotels Magazine |  Oct 08

Robert Cross, the guru of revenue management, is standing at the intersection of big data, predictive analytics and customer insights, and it’s a lonely place. “One of the big gaps in revenue management systems is linking the (hotel) loyalty program […]

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