Big Issues Will Affect Retail in 2019

By Andrew Asch | January 17, 2019

The past few years have been a time of upheaval for the fashion and fashion-retail businesses. Expect more in 2019.

2018 Retrospective: Retail Vacancy Is Low but Business Is Not Easy

Even though bricks-and-mortar retail is supposed to be dead, retail-real-estate vacancy rates in Los Angeles County are low.

2018 Retrospective: Problems with Gap Brand, Overseas Growth for Zumiez

It’s been a solid year financially for Gap Inc., which calls itself the largest specialty retailer in the United States.

2018 Retrospective: Macy’s and Nordstrom Make Big Bets on Tech

The chief executive of Macy’s Inc., Jeff Gennette, spent 2018 with a mission to reshape the department-store chain with technology and new in-store experiences that would attract shoppers.

Retail Sales Are Robust for November

November retail sales jumped 8.8 percent, paving the way for a very good holiday season.

The RealReal Releases Holiday Resale Report

The RealReal Releases Holiday Resale Report

With the 2018 holiday season in mind, The RealReal has revealed the highest-valued resale items at the top of luxury-brand lovers’ wish lists this year.

Newsmaker: National Stores Files for Bankruptcy Protection After Half a Century in Business

For years, the Fallas and Factory 2-U stores owned by National Stores have been the favorite shopping spots for consumers in search of a bargain.

A Flurry of Stores Opening on Los Angeles’ Westside

The retail world is kicking into high gear when it comes to opening new locations on the Westside of Los Angeles.

Newsmaker: Major Retail Remodels and Reinventions Open in Los Angeles

No major high-end retail center has been developed in Los Angeles County since the Americana at Brand open-air shopping hub was introduced 10 years ago in Glendale, Calif.

Newsmaker: What Retail Apocalypse? Ron Robinson and Others Mark Decades in Retail

The Ron Robinson stores on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue and in Santa Monica, Calif., made it through harsh recessions and weathered tough changes in the retail scene and are still around to talk about it.

Black Friday Sees a Dip Over Last Year but Still Considered Strong

Black Friday Sees a Dip Over Last Year but Still Considered Strong

While more than 165 million Americans shopped online or in stores during the Black Friday weekend—which now extends from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday—the numbers were down by nearly 10 million shoppers from 2017.

Organized Retail Crime Increasing in the United States

In the past year, organized retail crime has victimized 92 percent of retailers across the country, with Los Angeles taking the No. 2 spot, according to a recent survey released by the Washington, D.C.–based National Retail Federation.

New Company to Take Over Some National Stores Outposts

New Company to Take Over Some National Stores Outposts

After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August, National Stores has found a way to keep some of its stores open after announcing it was closing all of them.

Retailer Rebecca Minkoff Talks About the Human Connection

Rebecca Minkoff believes that retail is more than technology. It is that human connection that keeps customers walking through the door.

Gap Inc. Reports Third-Quarter Earnings Results

During its third-quarter earnings results, Gap Inc. said it expects its same-store sales for the year to be flat or up slightly as some brands are thriving and others aren’t.

After Decades, Men’s Clothing Shop Carroll & Co. Is Closing

With its distinctive green awning and its green-colored shopping bags, Carroll & Co. was a notable menswear player in Beverly Hills, Calif.