Chapter 22 Is Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

By: Patrick Walsh Originally written for and published by ABL Advisor, September 2019 The deluge of Chapter 22s, in 2019, particularly in the retail sector, seemed to suggest a check on feasibility is missing. The feasibility requirement in the U.S. Bankruptcy Code requires a finding from the Bankruptcy Court. The requirement reads as, “confirmation of a plan is not likely to be followed by the liquidation, or the need for further…

Winning Strategies for Retailers in a Profit-Challenged Omnichannel World

Retail and consumer products expert, Michael Appel, offers insights on industry trends, issues and opportunities.  @MAppel_Retail   Amid continued announcements of store closings and liquidations, there is some truth in the assertion that technology has changed everything, created disruption and eroded profitability. However, technology can also boost profitability by driving sales and improving margins, improve the use of working capital, and reduce indirect costs. These solutions have already been validated by…

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A New Vision for Retail: It’s All About Perspective and Strategy!

Retail and consumer products expert, Michael Appel, offers insights on industry trends, issues and opportunities.  @MAppel_Retail   If you looked only at the spate of recent store closing announcements, you could be forgiven for thinking the sky is falling. But from my work on front lines consulting with retail companies, I believe the real reason bricks and mortar retail is in upheaval is that the U.S. is vastly over-stored. Take a…