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We are now fifty-eight days from Christmas.  In just eleven days, Halloween will be over, leftover candy will disappear from retail shelves and retail windows will be prepped for the Holiday season. Will Holiday retail sales be Scrooge-like or jolly?  The prognosticators believe there will be an abundance of good cheer, but that the Grinch […]

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Earlier this month, Walmart announced that it was selling ModCloth, a digitally native women’s fashion brand, a little over two years since acquired the business. ModCloth sells clothing, footwear, bags, and jewelry, and targets the 18- to 35-year-old demographic. News of the sale, which is expected to close later this year, comes after reports this […]

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Last week, the Chinese Communist Party celebrated the 70th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s revolution forming the People’s Republic of China. In an accompanying “gesture of goodwill,” President Donald Trump last month delayed new tariffs scheduled to go into effect during the Chinese festivities by two weeks until October 15th. The thirteenth set of talks during […]

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It was great to see so many of you at last week’s ninth annual Consensus Great Brands Show at The New York TimesCenter.  Consensus and the show’s sponsors, without whose help we could not have pulled this off, hosted 18 presenting companies, 15 exhibitors and our keynote speaker Michelle Gass, CEO of Kohl’s. We hope […]

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We are excitedly counting down the final days until the Consensus Great Brands Show (CGBS), which will take place this week, on September 25th, at the New York Times TimesCenter in Manhattan – http://greatbrandsshow.com/. All summer, we have used this space to profile the different companies that will be taking the stage. As we profile […]

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