apparel & fashion

Online Apparel Has Reached A Turning Point.

Conventional wisdom suggests that apparel is one of the hardest categories of consumer products to sell online. Fit issues drive high return rates, especially for new brands with unfamiliar sizing standards. Apparel merchandising is essential, but expensive. In many categories, apparel margins are too low to subsidize innovative business models. ...

Store Closures, Apparel Retailers And Other Bankruptcies

Recently it was announced that Ralph Lauren will cut 1,000 jobs and close some stores. That's 50 stores and part of a plan to lower costs in an effort to revive sales growth, the luxury fashion brand reported. 8% of the company's full-time jobs slashed, amid more than sluggish spending in the luxury ...

Why Amazon Will Disrupt Fast Fashion

Will Amazon's private label retail strategy win over Millennials? Amazon as the Mother of the On-Demand Economy  We will have to see, however for some context as Caroline Fairchild points out, the on-demand economy is nearly $60 billion now, and if retail sales is nearly $5 trillion, this means as ecommerce grows ...

The Augmented Reality E-commerce Revolution

In this series, professionals at Shoptalk discuss the most pressing issues facing their industries today. Write your own #Shoptalk16 post here. Augmented Reality (AR) is a phrase that is becoming more popular with the release of new hardware by companies such as Microsoft and Google. The hope for the proponents ...

The Death Of The Department Store

In this series, professionals at Shoptalk discuss the most pressing issues facing their industries today. Write your own #Shoptalk16 post here. Big box retailers, which dominated retail in the 80's and 90's, are struggling for survival. Over the past decade, companies such as Borders and Sports Authority have declared bankruptcy, ...

2016 Will Be The Year Online And Offline Retail Converge

In this series, professionals at Shoptalk discuss the most pressing issues facing their industries today. Write your own #Shoptalk16 post here. Established retailers spent the last decade investing in their online presence. More recently, retail brands hatched online have started to open brick-and-mortar stores. The reason: Retailers and brands of ...

Can Product/market Fit Be Found Via Pop-up Retail Testing?

In this series, professionals at Shoptalk discuss the most pressing issues facing their industries today. Write your own #Shoptalk16 post here. Launching a new brand or product line is no easy fete. It takes time, research, testing, analysis, reiterations and beyond. For large corporations this process includes sourcing an agency ...

If The Retail Game Has Changed, Why Are We Keeping Score The Same Old Ways?

In this series, professionals at Shoptalk discuss the most pressing issues facing their industries today. Write your own #Shoptalk16 post here. Empowered with easily accessible information and almost endless global alternatives, shoppers demand value-added, seamless cross-channel shopping experiences, and they exhibit little patience or tolerance for retailers who "don't get ...

The Latest Fashion Trend Making Online Shopping Even Easier

In this series, professionals at Shoptalk discuss the most pressing issues facing their industries today. Write your own #Shoptalk16 post here. The enormous fashion industry continues to grow rapidly each year. Currently, the fashion sector generates up to $2.5 trillion in yearly revenue. According to current growth projections, it is predicted ...

#2 Authenticity: What Following Trends Says About You.

Make sure: If you find this post is up your alley, make sure to click 'Like' and I'll shoot you an invite. There's nothing better than connecting with like-minded people! // With a net worth of over 2 billion and one of the richest women in the world, Oprah Winfrey said it ...

How Tech Killed Fashion Week

This year’s fashion week ended up being a larger source of confusion than of great fashion. With changes in technology, consumer behavior, and weather, the fashion industry is in a completely different landscape than it was when fashion week was first introduced.  The Beginnings of Fashion Week The idea ...

#NappyHairDOCare - Why "Lemonade" Pours Out An Expat Pop Culture Wake-Up Call

I've definitely been away from the US too long, because as I follow the reaction to Beyonce's "Lemonade," I realize I will need Intensive Pop Culture Re-Orientation Therapy for months, perhaps years after I return. I mean, when whole articles, talk show segments and self-righteous Twitter rants are dedicated to ...