Retail Focus 3/16/18 – Party City’s Growth; Big Lots' Margins Expand; American Manufacturing & Retail

We begin with a pair of earnings calls—despite same-store sales declines, Big Lots sees margin growth, and Party City continues to see success in both their retail and manufacturing segments. Additionally, we look at Express’ plan to convert full-line stores to outlets and Ikea’s idea to assemble customer satisfaction. Our interview guest is Racked Senior Editor Meredith Haggerty, who joins us to talk about her piece connecting U.S. manufacturing with fashion retail. We’re brought to you by the Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition; visit and use the promo code RETAIL18 to get 10% off IRCE 2018 conference passes.