And we're back for the second half of our 2019 review, running through the most popular entries in our market research blog, this time for retail and manufacturing. Thanks for sticking around all year--catch you next week for the year's final blog, outlining the topics we can't wait to write about in 2020.
Nike is quitting the cult of Amazon, opting to end its two-year pilot wholesale partnership with the online retailer, pursuing instead its own Direct to Customer (DTC) platforms while also strengthening key retail relationships with particular omnichannel retailers. It’s not a total break up, however, as Nike noted its app will continue to run on Amazon Web Services (AWS), so, yeah, there’s that.
Rihanna—the only popstar whose wattage can hold a candle to Beyoncés, the most fashionable lady in the business this side of Janelle Monáe, and righter of retail wrongs—debuted her newest venture, a hyper-luxury fashion brand called Fenty.
As the high priestess of popular fashion reality always reminded us: in fashion, one day you’re in, the net day you’re out.
Well, preach on, Heidi, because denim—long presumed to be on the decline—seems to be back in, reappropriating some of the market share it lost to the athleisure movement’s moment in the sun.
It’s been a tough half decade for the GAP and things haven’t gotten better lately. JP Morgan recently downgraded them, and they have lowered earnings per share estimates by 12%. Owing to “operational issues” and inventory imbalance, the GAP brand (not to be confused with the Gap Band who keep on funking) has lost cultural cache and mindshare as its cookie-cutter stylings clash with current trends.