When will retailers like The Limited learn?
Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share
11 January 2017
Retailers need serious new thinking
And another one bites the dust. Goodbye, The Limited. The retailer has closed all of its brick and mortar locations as of Sunday.
The Limited joins a long list of failed retailers. Also this week, Hudson Bay, owners of Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord and Taylor among others, announced weaker than expected holiday sales. Specialty retailer, Ascena (Lane Bryant, Ann Taylor, Catherine’s, Justice) did the same.
“Retailers must read the pulse of the consumer. They must usher in the latest fashions and trends. However, retailers are stuck in the past while the consumer is changing.”
And this was in the wake of a strong holiday retail sales season.
Retailers like The Limited are the frog
Ever hear the anecdote about the frog in boiling water? If you put a frog in a pot of water and turn up the heat, the frog will stay in the water and die from gradually being boiled.
Retailers, you are the frog. You have done nothing while the pot of water was heating up.
Yes, I am tough on the retailing sector but I have good cause. I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it until the industry wakes up. Retail has failed the consumer for too long and the chickens have come home to roost.
Iconic brands such as Sears, Macy’s, Kmart, JC Penney, The Limited, and Saks Fifth Avenue are dying on the vine. Brands with near universal awareness are failing to build preference. Where is the connection with the consumer? Why should the consumer care about any of them?
The consumer has changed. Retailers must read the pulse of the consumer. They must usher in the latest fashions and trends. However, retailers are stuck in the past while the consumer is changing. They rely on what they have always done to magically fix the results of what they have always done.
I just wonder how many more iconic brands such as The Limited will die before the industry wakes up. Probably, many more.
The Burger King taco Tom Dougherty, CEO - Stealing Share 17 July 2019 The Burger King taco is here, and it’s what you think The new Burger King taco is arriving for a limited time, so plunk down your one dollar for it. Yes, a taco from a chain with...
Beyond Meat Tom Dougherty, CEO - Stealing Share 16 July 2019 Beyond Meat plays it smart, but needs a better brand position Before I delve into my admiration for the Beyond Meat product line, here’s an anecdote. For 58 years, I was a voracious meat eater....
Print newspapers Tom Dougherty, CEO - Stealing Share 15 July 2019 Print newspapers dying produces a new media landscape Little says more about the state of today’s print newspapers than a few reports trickling in late last week. First, many newspaper...