Grapes of Grandeur: Retail in the Wine Industry
For many, wine has woven itself into the fabric of everyday life—a chance to celebrate milestones, foster social connections, or simply savor moments of relaxation. For these exact reasons, the allure of wine, coupled with its status as a staple in both social and cultural contexts, has long made...
Navigating Challenges in Canada's Home Furniture & Furnishing Industry
In the world of retail, catchy slogans such as "buy more, save more" or "up to 40% off" have become familiar sights, plastered across store fronts and website banners. Despite these frequent sale promotions, retailers within the home furniture and furnishing industry are struggling to drive sales...
Navigating Security Interests in Retail  Merchandise
Customers are the lifeblood of a retail company. Through purchases of merchandise, they provide necessary liquidity for the retailer’s operations and going-concern value. For many retailers, this liquidity often comes in the form of customer deposits for merchandise to be manufactured by the...
Deals and Steals: Consumer Spending Shifts and Impacts on Investors and Lenders

From the 2023 TMA Distressed Investing Conference

Among the many effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, shifts in consumer spending caused unprecedented volatility. Companies that were agile enough to pivot quickly seized the opportunities for growth in areas such as health and fitness, home...

The Big Reset: Simplification of End-to-End Retail in Response to Increasing Inflation
Many retail organisations have gone through a significantly turbulent period, working hard to keep the lights on. For the last 12 to 18 months, they have been coping with supply chain issues, pricing optimisation after-effects, and systems producing information that still does not help them with...
Examining Recent Cycles for Clues to What Lies Ahead for Retailers
The retail sector continues to experience rapid innovation and disruption, reflecting an ongoing transformation of consumer behavior and preferences that affects how and for what people shop. Pressure is continuing to mount for retailers heading into 2023—liquidity is falling as inventory and...
Customer Acquisition and Connection in the Evolving Retail Environment
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, e-commerce sales (internet shopping and mail order) made up roughly 5.4% of retail sales in October 2000, excluding autos and gas stations. 1 That figure has risen steadily and is now close to 21% ( Figure 1 ). Since the dot-com bubble burst in 2000 and...
Three Issues  to Navigate to Avoid a Retailer’s Liquidation
Retail reorganizations fail at an alarming rate. While nearly half of all large retail Chapter 11 cases that begin with aspirations of reorganizing ultimately liquidate, only a small fraction of mega cases in other industries end in a liquidation. As a result of the retail business model and...
Pressures Continue to Grow in the Ag, Logistics Industries
As I pen my guest editor column for this edition of the Journal of Corporate Renewal focused on retail, it is the first week of 2023, and retail is once again challenged. Inflation is high, consumer confidence is down, and inventory levels remain challenged. A number of large retailers appear to be...

Join retail experts Ian Fredericks and Brad Friedman for an update on the current state of retail, including trends, observations, and predictions. How will the pandemic’s effects on demand for goods and services materialize in 2022? Join us to ask questions and hear answers from experienced...