The for-profit thrift store, Savers' successful offering is another sign of a thaw in the market for fresh stocks. Matt Katz discusses the recent increase in fashion IPO activity in this WWD article.Learn More
Matt Katz shares his perspective on what’s ahead for the 2023 holiday shopping season in this Retail TouchPoints report.
Matt explains how consumer spending will be different this year, “We’ve had mixed signals over the last several years, yet the holidays have been pretty resilient. Yes, there are headwinds like inflation [this year], but there’s very high consumer confidence and markets are responding to that. A good indicator of how people feel is that travel is back, which also means that experiences and experiential retail will be very important. Because of all these things, gift-giving may be more functional than the extravagant purchases of the past. There’s still a limit on spend.”
He emphasizes the importance of retailers spending their money in the right places, “Retailers need to “buy smart” early to avoid problems later, as well as continuously monitor sales and inventory data throughout the holiday season. Having information at your fingertips so your team can act with swift agility is really important, but it won’t be helpful if it’s the end of the holiday season and you still have a glut of inventory.”
Buzzy fashion stocks had a tough year. Matt Katz was featured in "Fashion Stocks Seek Redemption After Wall Street Fallout" in WWD about the road ahead.Learn More
ABC Carpet & Home is reinventing itself after filing for bankruptcy. Matt Katz was featured in "How ABC Carpet & Home is Reinventing Itself After Bankruptcy" in Modern Retail looking at how the company can leverage its strong reputation as it re-grows the business with a digital-driven strategy.Learn More
Analysts are struggling to secure consistent holiday sales figures, creating uncertainty in the retail world for the year ahead. Matt Katz was featured in "Inflation Perplexes Holiday Sales Analysts, Muddying Forecasts for 2023" in Bloomberg News about how retail forecasting has changed in recent years.Learn More