Zombie Retail Stores and Zombie Retail Departments

Copyright (c) 2012 Ted HurlbutThere's been quite a bit written over the past few months about retailers reducing inventories in the wake of the business downturn, and of assortments being cut back as well. I've written about the need to align inventories with sales, and that lower inventories also require narrower assortments. Across the retail landscape, this has been exactly what we've seen, with even more cutting likely to come in the back half of the year. As I've traveled stores in the last month or so, and particularly in the few couple of weeks as we start into the summer clearance season, I've been struck by the impact these reductions have actually had on stores themselves. Go into just about any discounter (Walmart included), category killer or other big…
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