Carol's latest Retail Wire weigh-in on the reasons behind the mood elevation at NRF (and CES)
I conducted a couple of private presentations in conjunction with NRF and agree that the mood is much more upbeat in general and within individual companies (the same was true at CES). Over the past few years, companies seemed to be playing a dangerous game of wait-and-see. 2015 is kicking off with a more proactive, confident and entrepreneurial spirit for a few reasons. First of all, many of the retailers that have made it this far have a few "new world" successes under their belts and they are anxious to "lather, rinse, repeat." Most have also integrated new talent, acquisitions and processes into their organizations. This is making all the difference.