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Editor’s Note

The Art of the Rebuild

The rebuild strategy worked for the World Champion Houston Astros. Granted, it took six straight losing seasons—including three consecutive years of 100-plus losses—but the team

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You Gotta Have Fate

Having reported on this industry for close to 25 years, the routes successful companies take to reach the promised lands never cease to amaze. Sure,

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Better Days

There are days, and then there are days that feel like the End Times. Now, for example. Deadly hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires are just a

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Who’s Next

Who’s the next up-and-comer destined to set the shoe world ablaze? The next Crocs, Uggs, Toms, Hunter, Merrell (Jungle Moc), Vibram FiveFingers, Hoka One One,

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Smackdown

At what point is a brand’s product priced low enough these days? When it’s a steal—literally? Must the price be chopped so low that the

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And So It Goes

The tectonic shifts rumbling through the retail landscape in the past year were earthshaking enough, but these past few weeks have created shockwaves on a

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Looking for Good

Well, the latest quarterly sales reports came in and—surprise—department stores took another drubbing. The figures were “WannaCry”-like with comparable store sales down at J.C. Penney,

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The April/May 2024 Issue

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