Newsletter Articles: Brian Kilcourse

Are Retailers Finding A New Balance Point?

March 3, 2015

Last April, my RSR partner Paula Rosenblum and I authored our annual benchmark report on the state of retail pricing, and in that study we identified a paradoxical set of findings, particularly as relates to U.S. retailers: while “maximizing gross profits” was considered the top objective for the pricing strategy, few retailers felt that their […]

Net Neutrality: Not Quite A Settled Matter

February 24, 2015

Here at RSR, we try not to trip over issues that could be construed as “political”. The problem however is that, at least in the United States, virtually everything becomes “political” sooner or later. It’s a national sport. So it is when it comes to “net neutrality”. The politicization of the issue surrounds not the […]

IoT: The Coming Storm

February 17, 2015

The last several years have brought a veritable blizzard of technical acronyms and buzzwords that almost immediately lose any precise meaning, for example: “Big Data”, “Cloud”, “BYOD” (or its companion acronym “MDM”, and no, that doesn’t mean “master data management” anymore!), etc. etc. And just when you think that your buzzword cup is full, a […]

Getting To The New Customer-Centric Model

February 3, 2015

In last week’s Retail Paradox Weekly, RSR partner Nikki Baird shared her take on the early days of omni-channel retailing, recounting Best Buy’s early forays into selling channel synchronization. She concluded the story with the observation that, “…at the heart of omni-channel is customer centricity. You can’t do one without the other. Much of the […]

Musical Equipment Pureplay Finds The Right Groove

January 27, 2015

Retailers’ fear of “showrooming” became widespread with the rapid consumer adoption of smart mobile technologies in the 2009-2010 timeframe. In retrospect, those fears seem a little over-stated. People still go to stores. But that doesn’t mean that some categories of products aren’t prime targets for “disintermediation”. Categories of merchandise that are good candidates are those […]

NRF Big Show 2015: Game On!

January 20, 2015

Although the New York City Garment District has long since lost its prominence as a global center for the fashion industry (it is now more frequently visited because its restaurants and bars), NYC remains one of the world’s great nerve centers for commerce in general and Retail in particular. So it makes sense that retailers […]

Is The Customer Dimension In Merchandise Planning Over-Hyped?

January 6, 2015

I remember the first time I ever heard the phrase “customer-dimension”. The year was 1998, and our IBM account exec had recommended that I meet Mike Blyth, who at the time was a principal at a company called 1.2.1 Marketing (Mike is now the COO at Aginity, a Chicago-based “big data” analytics company). Mike’s presentation […]

One More Rumination On 4Q Projections

November 25, 2014

The problem with ruminating out loud about all the projections for revenue and profits in this year’s holiday season is that one will get asked to ruminate more. And that’s just what has been happening in the last two weeks based on a couple of recent Retail Paradox Weekly columns that I wrote. All of […]

Retail 4th Quarter Predictions Solidify

November 18, 2014

In RSR’s October 21 Retail Paradox Weekly, I opined that the NRF’s October 7th prediction that it expects sales in November and December (excluding autos, gas and restaurant sales) to increase a healthy 4.1 percent, seems to be a little on the rosy side because other studies are forecasting that average holiday household spending will […]

Mobile Payments: What It Will Take

November 11, 2014

Beyond question, consumer technology darling Apple really kicked over an anthill by recently announcing ApplePay, and that might just be the event that finally gets the retail industry moving to implement mobile payment options in a meaningful way. But it’s not as if the technology hasn’t been out there for some time. RSR has been […]

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