Newsletter Articles: Paula Rosenblum

New RSR Website Coming Soon!

May 3, 2016

Everyone needs a makeover from time to time. Sometimes we need more than a little one: sometimes an entire overhaul is in order. So it is with RSR’s website. And on May 11, we’ll be unveiling our new edition, the third in our company’s history. A snapshot of our website “above the fold” is below. […]

Profitable Fulfillment: Are We There Yet?

April 26, 2016

Back in January, the folks at Aptos asked us to help them figure out the success retailers are having with cross-channel fulfillment. We all know that many retailers are willing to let customers “have it our way” when it comes to satisfying demand. We also had a feeling that it might be working, but it […]

The Retail Method Of Accounting: Still A Troublesome Anachronism

April 12, 2016

Last week I was speaking with a client about managing merchandise plans. In the course of the conversation I asked “How many of your clients are still using the Retail Method of accounting?” Much to my surprise, and to their own apparent dismay, the answer was “most of them.” In fact, they wanted to know […]

Retail Still Moves More Slowly Than Needed

April 5, 2016

RSR is preparing to roll out a new website. You’ll be hearing more about the new site in the weeks to come. In the meanwhile, as part of the implementation plan, we’ve each been charged with insuring our old newsletter articles have been correctly moved to the new site and formatted correctly. This task has […]

The World Of Retail Financing: Lending, Private Equity, Leasebacks And Turnarounds

March 28, 2016

Recently I had the opportunity to be part of a panel hosted by the Florida Chapter of the Commercial Finance Association (CFA), sponsored by Renaissance Partners and my friend Tom Hicks. The tagline for the CFA is pretty clear: It’s “The Association For Professionals In The Asset-based Lending And Factoring Industry.” Now, this may sound […]

Retail Disruption In Action: How I Fell In Love With Warby Parker

March 22, 2016

Last week I paid my first visit to Warby Parker in Wynwood, Miami. The visit was noteworthy for several reasons: a great customer experience, very comfortable glasses, and a completely different model of optician. Most opticians’ offices remind me of department stores, but with a smaller footprint. You get a dazzling assortment of glasses, all […]

RILA’s Supply Chain Conference: Lots Of Technology Questions

March 8, 2016

Last week I had the opportunity to moderate a panel on technology innovation at the RILA Supply Chain Conference in Dallas, TX. I couldn’t attend the whole show, but I learned a lot just from the panel, which was really well produced and very well attended. My fellow panelists were Jon Nordmark, Chairman of eBags […]

Luxury Fashion Disrupted

March 1, 2016

The world is changing quickly, and no one, not even high end fashion brands, is immune to those changes. The new era, what I’ve started to call the “second phase of disruption” is tied to two things: the ascendancy of Millennials into their highest spending years, and fast fashion retailers’ ability to bring products to […]

RSR Does Not Endorse Any Vendors: Here’s Why

February 16, 2016

Every year, in an attempt to highlight major themes at NRF and provide information to the retail community, RSR produces a Big Show Debrief. To get content for this webinar, we roam the NRF Show floor and have conversations with retailers and vendors to get a feeling for the types of applications available in the […]

The Internet Of Things: A Reality Check For Retail

January 26, 2016

The Big Show is over, and through great good fortune, most everyone got out of Dodge before Jonas showed up. While I’m going to hold my full recap for our post-NRF webinar, I did want to spend a little time talking about a popular subject – the Internet of Things (IoT) and how it fits […]

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