Kurt Barnard Quotes


51 Kurt Barnard quotes:



"There is spotty evidence that in some stores inventories are running low, but considering that the action that's in the stores is not particularly hot these days, that (low inventories) may not be the worst possible fate. In many cases a lot of stores reduced the orders they placed, and in some cases, canceled orders, which is exactly what's happening."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"Its formula is essentially one that appeals to just about everybody, and that takes advantage of a fundamental need -- pay less than you have to elsewhere, ... It is a totally irresistible formula that, so long as there is such a thing as buying and selling, will not fail."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Advantage Quotes
"They have all learned one lesson -- make yourself more efficient. Operate more economically, and do more with less."
"Competing on price with Wal-Mart doesn't work. Hopefully they will never do it again. It was a bloody experience for them."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Experience Quotes
"What Sept. 11 has done to the economy is to accelerate, hasten and deepen the decline, but the decline existed before. The attack gave it the extra push in terms of retail sales. If you don't have a paycheck coming in, it doesn't matter how much cost of gasoline has gone down."
"There's a general sense of weakness and caution and I'll tell you, the headlines in the newspapers these days do not help. We're seeing more layoffs and consumers are beginning to feel there's a cold winter breeze suddenly blowing their way."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Caution Quotes
"Consumers are extremely cautious today, and that caution has not really very much to do with consumer confidence indexes. It's related almost exclusively to one item, one four-letter word: jobs."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Caution Quotes
"Whatever strengths fashion apparel did show came from deep markdowns."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Fashion Quotes
"Based on what we've heard and seen so far, the fashion apparel stores and department stores are going to be hit with lower profits."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Fashion Quotes
"The name Burlington Coat Factory is a misnomer because they carry a full line of fashion apparel, including coats in the winter. It's basically an off-price operation. You get good value there, very good value."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Fashion Quotes
"Sharper Image products also evoke the desire in customers to buy them. Granted that a $1,800 massage chair may not appeal to someone who just lost their job, but one reason that these kinds of high-end gadgets are in demand is exactly because some people want to pamper themselves and take their mind away from that kind of reality."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Desire Quotes
"By and large, we're seeing a public that is up to his eyeballs in debt."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Debt Quotes
"Remember, there are still over 2 million unemployed workers and over 5 million are on part-time jobs. Christmas will be moderately better simply because last year was so bad. But unless this jobs picture improves, it's hard to say that the retail industry has finally turned the corner."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Christmas Quotes
"So far I think he has done quite well under very difficult and trying circumstances, ... He's making the store more appealing and easier to shop, and has been reviewing the product mix for the last several months now and we have seen some very favorable shopper response."
"This trend is going to be with us for the foreseeable future. Growth will continue and will be very strong, but it will be more moderate than it was last year, ... Make no mistake about it - this growth will continue. Consumer spending will continue to grow, but it's not going to suddenly stop or go back. It will continue at a more reasonable pace."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Future Quotes
"I think the future lies in two different kinds of Internet players. The one is the bricks and clicks, and that will be the dominant factor in the business, ... The other one will be highly specialized pure play click operations that carry things, do things that are simply not available elsewhere through other channels."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Future Quotes
"They (retailers) don't know. All they can do is hope and guess more than anything else. It's a brutal, brutal problem,"
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Hope Quotes
"Discount stores are doing very well, and home-oriented retailers are doing very well. But most of the others are dragging their heels."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Home Quotes
"It is a good time if you're willing to accept slow growth and slow improvement. We do not anticipate at this time that the foreseeable future will bring a real strong massive upturn in consumer spending."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Growth Quotes
"Retailing and consumer spending are a function of a four-letter word -- jobs. And there are no jobs being formed in the United States at the present time. We are in an unfortunate labor climate, one that might be called not at all propitious for retail spending."
Author: Barnard Quotes Category: Jobs Quotes



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