Old Is the New Chic at Nordstrom

Old Is the New Chic at Nordstrom

February 12, 2020

Used clothes are setting a new trend in fashion retail.

Nordstrom has just started selling used clothes, shoes, and accessories. In doing so, it is joining other retailers in offering a climate-friendly alternative to fast fashion. The resale market is growing fast, attracting shoppers from multiple age groups and indicating a shift in attitude toward disposable fashion.


Video Spotlight: Nordstrom Sells Secondhand Clothes


This post is based on The Washington Post article, Old Clothes, New Customers: Nordstrom Becomes Latest Big Retailer to Sell Secondhand Items, by A. Bhattarai, January 31, 2020, and the YouTube video, Nordstrom Hoping Used Clothing Business Will Attract New Customersby WCCO – CBS Minnesota, January 30, 2020. Image source: Adisa/Shutterstock.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the societal factors responsible for the trend of selling used clothes along with new ones?

Guidance: The factors responsible for this trend include increased environmental consciousness; a need for higher-quality, longer-lasting clothes; a preference for designer clothes at lower prices; and a growing contempt for excessive consumption.

2. Is the practice of placing used clothing items alongside new ones a wise layout option for Nordstrom?

Guidance: Although personal opinions on this matter vary, it seems Continue reading

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Will the Chicken Sandwich War Continue into 2020?

Will the Chicken Sandwich War Continue into 2020?

February 2, 2020

For the fast food industry, 2019 will go down as the year of the Chicken Sandwich War.

It started on August 12, 2019 when Popeyes introduced a new chicken sandwich.  What first appeared to be another in a long line of additions to fast food menus quickly escalated.  Fueled by several tweets back and forth between Popeyes and Chick-fil-A, plus critics and others raving about the new sandwich, Popeyes experienced long lines and large increases in sales.

Unfortunately, Popeyes quickly ran out of chicken sandwiches nationally.  The demand was too great for its supply chain to handle.  Restaurants stopped serving the chicken sandwiches and waited for their supply chain to catch up.

On National Sandwich Day (Sunday, November 3, 2019) Popeyes re-introduced its chicken sandwich.  This, coupled with Chick-fil-A social media promoting National Sandwich Day that happened to fall on a Sunday when its restaurants are closed, created quite a stir.  Customers flocked to Popeyes to try out the chicken sandwich.  Many had missed the opportunity during the original introduction.

It appears that the Chicken Sandwich Wars will continue into 2020.  Chicken sandwiches are still growing in popularity, and competitors Continue reading

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Amazon Optimizes Warehouse Space

Amazon Optimizes Warehouse Space

December 22, 2019

As the holiday buying season is underway, Amazon is revising its warehousing system.

As we previously shared, in an effort to cut Prime shipping time from two days to one day the company invested heavily in 2nd quarter 2019 to improve transportation and warehousing. Part of the warehousing problem relates to independent merchants that are using Amazon for fulfillment.  Over half of Amazon sales are from these independent merchants.

Amazon has raised the fees charged to these independent merchants to encourage a reduction in inventory, trying to keep slow-moving items out of their distribution centers.  Because many of these merchants are concerned about the fees, Amazon may not have enough inventory on-hand with holiday sales looming.

Thus, Amazon is implementing Amazon Storage and Replenishment.  Merchants can now store products to replenish Amazon’s distribution centers from nearby warehouses.  The hope is to allow merchants a cheaper storage option in order to keep inventory low in Amazon’s distribution center, but yet not run-out of merchandise that might result in lost sales.


Video Spotlight: Amazon is making one-day shipping the new standard for Prime members


This post is based on the Bloomberg article, Amazon Tests Cheap Warehouses to Make Continue reading

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