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We saw the warnings as early as August when retailers started stocking shelves with candy, costumes, decorations, and all things pumpkin-flavored: summer has passed, and it is now officially the Halloween spending season.  As a longtime resident of Salem Massachusetts, one of the top tourist destinations in the U.S. for all things Halloween, I have […]

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Despite the war in Ukraine, elevated inflation, higher interest rates, and other challenges, the consumer sector has remained more resilient than many expected over the last year or so. However, in the last several months, a specific industry headwind has emerged and become too worrisome to ignore: retail theft. There has always been theft (“shrink”) […]

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It was not long ago that families sat around the Thanksgiving dinner table discussing what they would do next: leisurely enjoy a second round of pumpkin pie, or race to Walmart to line up for the 12:00am Black Friday sale to score a deeply discounted flat-screen TV.  Then, Amazon exerted its influence by providing the […]

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Thank you to all our presenters, exhibitors, sponsors and guests for joining us once again at last week’s Consensus Great Brands Show. We were thrilled to be back for our tenth show after pausing for several years due to the pandemic.  Supported by tremendous positive feedback from many who were there, our view is that […]

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We are excitedly counting down the days until the return of the Consensus Great Brands Show (CGBS), which will take place in two days, September 13th, at the New York Times Center in Manhattan (CGBS Website). CGBS is returning for the 10th time, after a pause for COVID, and we are bringing the show back bigger […]

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