Tuesday, October 22, 2019

How deepening discounts and thinning profit margins could take their toll this holiday season

The Washington Post
The so-called “retail apocalypse” has become a blanket phrase for the industry’s woes, which so far have resulted in more than 50 bankruptcies and 21,000 store closures since 2017.

Now some analysts are warning of a “retail vortex.”

A mix of thinning profits, soaring returns and ever-growing markdowns puts already-struggling retailers at risk of further decline this holiday season, according to DynamicAction, a retail software firm that analyzed more than $11.6 billion in online transactions from January to September.. . . more