Tag Archives: ron-johnson

Angela Ahrendts Set to Run Apple’s Stores: What it Means

22 October 2013, 11:43

When I first heard the announcement that Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts is stepping down next year to take a new role at Apple her position hadn’t been clearly defined to the public yet. It took several hours to learn she will become head of retail stores and ecommerce. That helped me bring my initial thoughts […]

Brand Storytelling and Retail: The Protagonist

24 September 2013, 08:36

The very first Rock N Roll Retail event that we did with RIS News at NRF – was it four years ago? – I remember a moment when we were all gathered in the rehearsal room. There were snafus with the equipment, we were all nervous, and partner Steve Rowen said, “Never in my life […]

The CEO as Rock Star: My Evolving Mindset

30 April 2013, 10:48

When politicians say their opinion on a particular subject has “evolved” you know you’re about to hear a complete flip-flop. I suppose it’s easier than saying “I was wrong.”  Well, I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of a CEO in retail.  It’s only natural, really.  We’ve seen the [shocking] debacle of Ron Johnson […]

Ron Johnson and JCP

16 April 2013, 10:45

As we bid a last farewell to Ron Johnson at JCP (or Penney, or whatever new name comes along) it’s worthy to take a look back at his sixteen month tenure. Most industry observers were excited to see him come on board. In my own case, it wasn’t because he’d ‘rocked it’ at the Apple […]

Update: JCPenney’s New Era, Phase 1

7 February 2012, 10:02

Last week I wrote about my take on Ron Johnson’s new strategy for JCPenney. I wrote the article over the weekend and it published on Tuesday, January 31. JCP’s new strategy, Phase 1 went into effect the very next day. So naturally, I was at the mall on Wednesday, checking to see how much of […]

The ‘P’ Ron Johnson Forgot

31 January 2012, 16:02

Disclaimer. Like Ellen DeGeneres, I also worked for a JCPenney in my youth. I spent about a year in the Visual Merchandising department of the Thousand Oaks Penney’s store, supplying promotional signs to my store as well as the Ventura store and one other that I no longer remember — either Santa Barbara or Oxnard. I […]

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