STORES Magazine - December 2009 - (Page 28)

EXECUTIVE SUITE / COVER STORY BY SUSAN REDA, EDITOR L ast December, STORES predicted that economic pressures “should ease” by the second quarter of 2009, that sales of private-label merchandise would slip and that the electronic wallet would finally become a reality. Oops. On the other hand, we correctly predicted that no one would be spared from credit woes in 2009, that retail sustainability projects would be more closely scrutinized by Wall Street and shareholders, and that the “do more with less” mantra would emerge as the leading IT strategy. usher in a new beginning. There are a few things we think you can count on in 2010: rather than claim those certainties as our own, we’ve chosen to merely document them for the record. For starters, those retailers that managed to survive the trials and tribulations of 2009 will find themselves in a less competitive environment. And with industry research forecasting inWWW.STORES.ORG Buoyed by our better-than-average success rate, we’ve once again set ourselves to the task of figuring out what potential opportunities and pitfalls await retailers in the coming year. As we stand at the threshold of 2010, STORES’ editors choose to see the proverbial glass as half full. We’re happy to bid adieu to 2009 — its financial stumblings, inventory woes and endless cost-cutting initiatives – and even more pleased to 28 STORES / DECEMBER 2009 http://WWW.STORES.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of STORES Magazine - December 2009

Stores - December 2009
Editor’s Page
President’s Page
Wrapped in Mystery
Hot Colors for 2010
Holding the Line on New Lines
Busting Bad Customers
10 Things You May Have Missed
JCP Teams with Olsen Twins
Retail People
Half Full–or Half Empty?
Retail Industry Buying Guide
Loeb Retail Letter
ARTS Update
NRF News
Point of View
Retail Industry Calendar
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STORES Magazine - December 2009