Category: Article of Interest

What Walmart, Macy’s and Home Depot are saying about Retail

March 17, 2017

Macy’s, Walmart, and Home Depot had mixed earnings this past 4Q16, but all agree that the physical retail store is still vital, and relied upon by customers. Intertwined retail may become a buzzword in the near future as a way to describe the evolving relationship involving online digital strategies to create more in store traffic […]

How Millenials Are Rewriting the Food Industry Playbook

March 16, 2017

  Food preferences among the millennial age group are causing major food manufacturers to buy smaller, startup food labels focused on being “GMO free”, “locally sourced”, “gluten free”, and “organic”. This is due to the health consciousness and responsibility millennials feel when buying, slightly more expensive, healthier, premium food, the demand of which rose 8% […]

San Antonio’s Economic Progress

March 15, 2017

The 2008 Great Recession brought much hardship for the nation but not for the city of San Antonio. Brooking’s Metro Monitor report showed San Antonio as one of 11 U.S cities that made gains between 2010 and 2015. Brooking’s report focuses on researching metropolitan economies and showed San Antonio as performing above average in total […]

Housing Affordability Measure Affirms Imbalance between Housing Costs and Wages

March 14, 2017

The National Association of Realtors’ Affordability Distribution Curve, “which examines how many listings are affordable to those in a particular income percentile”, shows that constrained product will make it so households in the 35th percentile and lower will continue to have to struggle and bid for housing. “A household in the 35th percentile could afford […]

Housing Costs Take Up Biggest Share of Income since 2010

March 13, 2017

Increasing interest rates and the appreciation of home values have led to the biggest percentage in median household income, currently at a 16% high not seen since 2010, income now needing to be allocated for home mortgages. Zillow Chief economist, Dr. Svenja Gudell notes that we still have room to grow on a nationwide basis […]

Americans More Confident in Housing than Ever Before

The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) recently showed a surge in confidence for home buyers. Now is “a good time” to buy or sell a home because optimism and confidence are higher than ever before. “The latest post-election surge in optimism puts the HPSI at its highest level since its starting point in […]

Walmart’s Convenience Store Concept

March 10, 2017

A new shopping concept, brought to you by Walmart, has come to the small town of Crowley, TX. This small town sits right by Interstate 35, a prime area for Walmart to set up its new 2,500 square foot convenience store. Walmart doesn’t want to reinvent the convenience store, merely tweak and make it better. […]

How to Save a Dying Mall

The Hudson Valley Mall, located on a hilltop in Kingston, N.Y., was an enjoyable avenue for spending time on a weekend. Strolling through the various shops and large outlets like JC Penney and Macy’s soon became a thing of the past for the Hudson Valley Mall. JC Penny and Macy’s decided to close up shop […]

Flip Side of The “Dark Store” Tax Loophole

February 24, 2017

The state tax code prevision more commonly known as “dark store theory” allows any business, of any size to “have its real estate assets qualified as vacant so that its appraised value won’t be linked to the business’s profit.”. Rahul Patel, local lawyer and managing partner at Patel | Gaines, flips the recent media portrayal […]

Trump and Retail CEOs Meet to Discuss Tax Code Revisions

February 22, 2017

President Trump has called for tax code revisions in an effort to better the economy. In a meeting with the heads of major retailers such as Best Buy (BBY.N), Target (TGT.N), Autozone (AZO.N), Walgreen’s (WBA.O), JC Penny (JCP.N), JoAnne and Tractor Supply Co. (TSCO.O) the group of retailers discussed their opposition to the border tax […]

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