F&D Reports / Creditntell and AggData Release Store Activity and Retailer Health Analysis

Chris Hathaway

Industry-leading retail consulting firm Information Clearinghouse, Inc. (ICI), through its F&D Reports and Creditntell divisions, announced the release of its annual Store Activity and Retailer Health Analysis report, integrating ICI’s comprehensive retail coverage, predictive measuring tools and mapping technology with AggData’s premier store locational data.

With roughly 4,000 major retail chain store closings last year and up to 10,000 expected in 2017, brick-and-mortar retailers are scrambling to remain relevant, as many household names continue to succumb to the unforgiving retail landscape. After years of adding retail outlets to respond to the U.S. consumer’s insatiable appetite for convenient shopping, traditional retailers now face the challenge of competing with a myriad of options at customers’ fingertips. Since 2007, for every “additional” dollar spent in retail sales, 30% was spent online. This dynamic has weakened foot traffic and impacted store economics, forcing retailers to rethink their traditional store strategies. Some companies are making inroads by offering what ‘e-tail’ cannot -- experiential customer engagement -- and others by diversifying their business models to offer customer solutions that extend beyond the product. Furthermore, in contrast with news coverage about the demise of retail, certain companies are still expanding their store bases at an impressive rate.

The challenge ahead is identifying which retailers are best positioned for the future and which are destined to disappear. To that end, the Store Activity and Retailer Health Analysis report explores the movement of the top companies across a number of retail sectors, including Macy’s, Sears / Kmart, J.C. Penney, Bon-Ton Stores, Stage Stores, Christopher & Banks, Shoe Carnival, Claire’s Stores, Best Buy, Office Depot, Rent-A-Center, Ruby Tuesday, and Ignite Restaurant Group, and provides each company’s store activity, TTM EBITDA margin and credit ratings. The report also identifies a select group of 40 retailers, including Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Dollar General, AutoZone, Chipotle, O’Reilly Auto Parts, T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and PetSmart, that are growing their brick-and-mortar locations, with plans to add an aggregate of more than 4,200 stores in 2017. The report utilizes AggData’s locational and future store-closing data through the end of calendar 2017 to understand gains and losses in major metro areas, a key element in ICI’s continued focus on providing predictive analysis of site location within the deteriorating retail landscape.

Commenting on the Store Activity and Retailer Health Analysis report, ICI CEO Lawrence Sarf stated, “Every day it seems as though another traditional retailer either announces massive closings or some type of restructuring. Consumer preferences and lifestyles have always dictated the landscape. Today is no different, yet many retailers appear to have either been asleep at the wheel or so committed to the status quo that they missed the world changing around them. This comprehensive look at the ‘haves and the have-nots’ provides readers with a bird’s-eye view of each monitored retail segment as well as the movement of individual key players.”

Please visit https://www.fdreports.com/2017_store_activity_report.cfm to view the Store Activity and Retailer Health Analysis report.

Information Clearinghouse, Inc. (publisher of F&D Reports & Creditntell) is a leading credit consulting firm specializing in the analysis of public and private companies in numerous retail segments. The focus of its analysis is to deliver the key intelligence today’s busy credit executive needs to make a highly informed decision without sifting through pages of non-essential data. To learn more, visit our websites at http://www.fdreports.com and http://www.creditntell.com.