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Beauty at US Department Stores: Four Growth Opportunities

Beauty comprises one of the smallest portfolio categories across major US department stores, representing huge opportunity for retailers to expand in this category. We analyze the performance of, and outlook for, beauty sales in department store retail and explore four key areas of growth for the category—covering live selling, inclusivity and more.

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UK Department Stores: Change Provides Opportunity

The UK department store sector continues to undergo huge transformation. We analyze the recent performance of the sector and explore how change presents opportunities for future growth. We discuss the competitive landscape and present three trends that we expect to shape the sector moving forward.

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Wholesale vs. DTC: Implications for US Department Stores as Apparel Brands Go Direct

Department stores have traditionally relied on the wholesale model to sell brands. This is now changing due to a rise in digital sales, brands choosing to sell through their own channels and a rise in direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands. We explore these interconnected factors and their implications for US department stores. We analyze the selling models of major retailers Kohl’s, Macy’s and Nordstrom.

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The Future Model of US Department Stores

With the rise in e-commerce amid pandemic-led disruption, the transformation of the department store model will be pivotal to the future success of the sector. We explore potential shifts in the sector based on five key trends that we have identified across physical and digital retail channels—covering experimental formats, specialized stores, endless aisle inventory, new partnership models and stores as fulfillment hubs.

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Earnings Insights 4Q20, Week 5: Discounters Stand Strong While Department Stores Remain Badly Hit and Apparel Specialists See Slow Recovery

Our weekly Earnings Insights reports feature highlights from recent management commentary at major US retailers as they report fourth-quarter 2020 earnings. This week, there are highlights from companies that reported in the week ended March 7—namely, American Eagle Outfitters, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Burlington Stores, Dollar Tree, Foot Locker, Gap Inc., Grocery Outlet Holding Corp., Kohl’s, Kroger, Nordstrom, Ross Stores, Target and Urban Outfitters.

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Earnings Insights 3Q20, Week 3: Off-Pricers See Strong Improvement, but Department Stores Remain Badly Hit; Sales Surge in Home Improvement

Our weekly Earnings Insights reports feature highlights from recent management commentary at major US retailers as they report third-quarter 2020 earnings. We condense what retail companies are reporting, with a focus on the impact of the coronavirus crisis. This week, there are highlights from companies that reported in the week ended November 22, including Home Depot, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Target, The TJX Companies and Walmart.

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