Category Archives: Cash-Strapped Consumers

Rent the Runway seeks to broaden appeal with new monthly service |Chain Store Age

Rent the Runway seeks to broaden appeal with new monthly service |Chain Store Age

Source: Rent the Runway seeks to broaden appeal with new monthly service |Chain Store Age   Yesterday, apparel Rent the Runway company announced a new, lower-priced service to broaden its target audience: The New York-based company on Monday announced a less costly membership option that allows women to rent four items from its website, choosing […]

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Growing focus on Amazon’s private label potential

Growing focus on Amazon’s private label potential

During the summer, we here at Tematica spoke at length on the growing number of private label products and brands at Amazon (AMZN). Having seen the strategy work at a number of other retailers, like Costco Wholesale (COST), Kohl’s (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT) and even JC Penny (JCP), we see it as “expected” that Amazon would […]

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Off-price retailers – another thorn in the side of department stores

Off-price retailers – another thorn in the side of department stores

A new report from Moody’s reinforces the negativity surrounding department stores like Macy’s (M), JC Penny (JCP) and Nordstrom (JWN). Unlike most that focus on the shift to digital commerce that is part of our Connected Society theme, Moody’s adds a perspective that meshes extremely well with our Cash-Strapped Consumer and Rise & Fall of the […]

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Gallup data confirms the rising middle class in Asia is more than China & India

Gallup data confirms the rising middle class in Asia is more than China & India

Nothing better than having an organization like Gallup issue confirming data for our Rise & Fall of the Middle-Class investing theme. While most tend to understandably focus on China and India given the size of their respective populations, Gallup’s finding remind us upward economic mobility is occurring in other emerging Asian economies. This target market […]

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Student Loan Defaults Increase For First Time In Five Years

Student Loan Defaults Increase For First Time In Five Years

Here at Tematica, we’ve been closely monitoring consumer debt levels and default rates to assess the impact on disposable income and consumer spending levels. Some of the data is published on a lag basis, and that’s the case with education loan default data published by the Department of Education. The latest report showed a pickup […]

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For more Americans, going back to work beats being retired

For more Americans, going back to work beats being retired

A new study that examines the re-entry to the workforce by retirees shows that it’s more than Cash-Strapped Consumers that fall within the confines of our Aging of the Population investing theme. In addition to those that haven’t saved enough to retire, others that miss the social, as well as intellectual challenges of working, have […]

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Consumer Confidence & LEI’s Flash Warning

Consumer Confidence & LEI’s Flash Warning

Consumer Confidence for September declined a bit more than expected, falling to 119.8 from 120.4, versus expectations for a decline to 120. While that doesn’t sound all that meaningful as it is still well above the long-term average of 93.9, we see something occurring beneath the headlines that warrants further attention and is particularly concerning […]

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