STORES Magazine - July 2008 - (Page 10)

CONSIDER THIS / EXECUTIVE EDITOR’S PAGE StORES® Tie One On BY SUSAN REDA STORES Magazine 325 7th St. NW, Suite 1100 Washington, D.C. 20004 202/626-8101 appear to be among the small (and shrinking) minority that feels choked up about the sharp decline in the number of men who wear ties to work. I’ve been told by every man I’ve ever met that ties are uncomfortable, useless, annoying the list goes on, but there’s just something about a guy in a crisp dress shirt and a smart tie. Wearing a tie projects a more business-like image. It says, “I’m willing to go the extra step.” It seems to finish an outfit. And yes, I’ll admit it; I think men look more handsome when they wear a tie. The reason I’m tied up in knots on this subject was the announcement last month that the Men’s Dress Furnishings Association, the trade group that represented American tie-makers, closed its doors after 60 years in business. Membership had declined dramatically since the power-tie era of the 1980s, ushered out by the business-casual revolution and a younger generation that believes ties are optional. The number of men who wore ties every day to work last year was a record low 6 percent, down from 10 percent in 2002, according to a recent Gallup poll. Adding insult to injury, NPD Group reports U.S. tie sales were $677.7 million in the 12 months ending March 31 –- down roughly half from a peak of $1.3 billion in 1995. Why are men so down on ties? And why are they getting away with not wearing them to work? What if women decided en masse that they would no longer wear pantyhose to the office? Pantyhose, like ties, are frequently a dreaded part of a woman’s business attire. Still, women acknowledge that they’re a finishing touch. Wearing pantyhose allows you to slide your foot into a great pair of high heels; they provide an even tone for a pair of gams, and in many cases, the control top variety helps to rein in the tummy just a touch. Most women agree that pantyhose, like ties, are not very comfortable to wear. Sure, some are silky soft to the touch, but if you’re blessed with large thighs or a lower half that isn’t quite as proportional as the chart on the hosiery package, binding and sagging can occur in all the wrong places. And, because pantyhose cover a woman’s legs from waist to toe, I dare say women endure more discomfort in the name of professionalism than men do by wearing a tie. Look, I work from my home full time, which probably means I have no right to espouse a point of view on office attire. It’s fair to say that a lot has changed since I worked in an office setting, and being of a certain age, I cling to tradition. Still, having an opinion is a woman’s prerogative, and mine is this: More men should wear ties to work. Feel free to loosen the knot a bit, if you like; that’s O.K. in my book. I RICK GALLAGHER Publisher Vice President 202/626-8103 FAX: 866/640-8136 E-mail: publisher@nrf.com SUSAN PATTERSON Assistant Publisher 202/626-8102 FAX: 202/661-3042 E-mail: pattersons@nrf.com EDITORIAL SUSAN REDA Executive Editor 516/437-1245 FAX: 866/640-8138 E-mail: editor@nrf.com HARRY LISTER Managing Editor 202/626-8199 FAX: 866/640-8137 E-mail: listerh@nrf.com EMINE BEHNAM Production Manager 202/661-3047 FAX: 866/235-1939 E-mail: behname@nrf.com MARY ALICE ELMER Copy Editor LUCY D. REDDAWAY Creative Director ADVERTISING & MARKETING MIKE GRIBBIN Advertising Director 410/893-8003 Kim Daniele Molly Deise Therese Draddy Dan McClure Tim O’Connell Executive Publishing Inc. 900A Main St., Suite 103 Bel Air, MD 21014 410/893-8003 FAX: 410/893-8004 E-mail: advertising@stores.org CIRCULATION ELENA CAIOLA Senior Director, Circulation and Information Management 202/626-8146 FAX: 866/640-8139 E-mail: circulation@nrf.com DORIS MASON Circulation Assistant 202/626-8172 FAX: 866/640-8140 For article reprints, including e-prints, please contact our Reprint Coordinator at Wright's Reprints 877-652-5295 or STORESreprints@wrightsreprints.com. editor@nrf.com At STORES, we appreciate hearing our readers’ thoughts and comments. Please address your correspondence to editor@nrf.com, or contact me at (516) 437-1245. 10 STORES / JULY 2008 WWW.STORES.ORG http://WWW.STORES.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of STORES Magazine - July 2008

STORES Magazine - July 2008
Contents
Executive Editor's Page
President's Page
Dearth of Retail Creativity
What Shoppers Think
Wow, Is That a Wawa?
10 Things You May Have Missed
Numbers Worth Counting
Full Price/Markdown
Retail People
Merchandising Strategy
Concept2Watch
Point of Sale
Outsourcing
Human Resources
Top 100 Retailers
Store Design
RFID
IT Operations
Systems Managements
LP Vantage Point
Newsbeat
Cover Story
Emergency Response Systems
Background Checks
LOEB Retail Letter
Point of View
NRF News
Retail Crossword
Retail Industry Calendar
Last Laugh

STORES Magazine - July 2008

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrf/STORES2019_tuesday
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrf/STORES2019_monday
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrf/STORES2019_sunday
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrf/STORES2019_preview
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrf/STORES_bigshowdaily20180116
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrf/STORES_bigshowdaily20180115
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrf/STORES_bigshowdaily20180114
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrf/STORES2018_preview
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0415
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0315
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0215
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0115
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES1214
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES1114
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES1014
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0914
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0814
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0714
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0614
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0514
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES_sourcebook2014
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0414
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0314
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0214
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0114
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES1213
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES1113_buyersguide
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES1113
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES1013
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES_mediakit2014
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0913
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0813
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0713
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0613
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0513
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0413
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0313
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0213
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES2013_20130115
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES2013_20130113
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES2013_20130114
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES2013_preview
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0113
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES1212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES1112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES1012
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES_mediakit2013
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0912
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0812
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0712
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0612
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0512
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES2012_preview
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES1211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES1111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES1011
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES_mediakit2012
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0911
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0811
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0711
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0611
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0511
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0311_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/STORES0111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores_mediakit2011
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1010
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0810
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0710
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0610
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0510
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0410
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0310
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/store_bigshow2010_post
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores_bigshow_20100112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores_bigshow_20100111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores_bigshow_20100110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/store_bigshowpreview2010
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1009
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0809
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0609
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0509
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0409
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0309
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1108
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1008
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0908
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0808
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0608
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0508
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0408
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0308
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores-globalretail08
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0108
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1207
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1107
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1007
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0907
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0807
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0607
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0507
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0407
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0307
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0207
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores-globalretail07
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0107
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1206
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1106
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1006
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0906
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0806
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0706
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0606
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0406
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0306
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0206
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0106-globalretail
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores0106
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1205
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nrfe/stores1105
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com