If you've got one name, Macy's, you can save a tremendous amount of money in supplies, marketing cost, advertising umbrella, promotions. You enhance your margin because you're buying more. It's just a fantastic way to do things,
I had a conversation with Terry this morning and I told him that I don't support a decision to make a huge investment in another department store when many more consumers are shopping at off-mall retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, Costco and Kohl's,
This deal is a classic Wall Street creation, ... Sears' store sales are down for 22 consecutive months. The company is in a crisis. It had to find a way to pump up its stock and reward its shareholders. Wait until the smoke clears.
I think there are major risks in sales and margins when you're a middleman. More and more companies are buying direct and don't see a need for Helen of Troy. Their brands are not that powerful, ... This doesn't mean it can't bounce back. They have to be shrewd and quick to right the ship.
[But Martha Stewart is no Steve Madden.] Teenagers ran into the store and bought a clunky [Steve Madden] shoe but they didn't know who the hell he was, ... For Martha, it's personal and she designed it that way. She was on TV, she was on the ads, and she was on the recipes. She can't escape that and the whole company can't escape that.