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  • J.C. Penney (JCP -0.3%) rolled out its Liz Claiborne shop-within-a-shop brainchild over the weekend, swapping out casual lines for more career wear. The brand is considered a key component of the dreamy Ron Johnson-planned shops metamorphosis for JCP after the retailer paid $268M for worldwide rights to it. Still unanswered: If you build it, will they come? [View news story]
    When I worked at JCP we had Liz and it wasn't very popular then. Why would the shop-within-a-shop make any difference?
    Sep 4 04:33 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Every picture tells a story, but a photo (Twitpic) from a J.C. Penney (JCP +0.5%) store screams one word - sale! It's a word of great importance to JCP investors hoping to see the firm successfully transition itself from a promotions-based department store to a shops-based specialty seller without alienating too many more shoppers. The bigger issue: While J.C. Penney hashes out the future of retail with its shops concept, is it missing the boat with its online business while Nordstrom and Macy's rack up even bigger gains? [View news story]
    I worked at JCP and that sign would do nothing for the customer.
    Oct 18 04:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • A made-in-the-USA label holds more value with consumers than in the past, with +75% of respondents in a NPD survey saying the manufacturing source of their apparel is important to them. Though Sears (SHLD -1.5%) and J.C. Penney (JCP +0.9%) sputtered with their brands manufactured exclusively in the U.S. in the past, the recent flareup over the European look of the U.S. Olympic team's uniforms designed by Ralph Lauren (RL -0.9%) has put the issue on the front burner again. [View news story]
    When JCP started carring an exclusive brand called American Living ( by Ralph Lauren) I couldn't believe it wasn't made in the USA.
    Sep 5 04:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The about-face on price cuts at J.C. Penney (JCP) won't include coupons, but will see shoppers see close to a third of merchandise set at prices 20% to 29% lower than the previous monthlong "value" prices that didn't quite catch on with regulars. The company will also use clearance sales again to make room for new inventory. [View news story]
    It's not enough. A clearance sale is merchandise they couldn't sell so they keep marking it down until it does sell. With no "original" prices on the merchandise you feel like you are paying full price. The only reason I still shop there is because I have a associate discount. It is so sad to walk in JCP and see no customers, one associate working a quad and even only one associate in the furniture store. Bring back MY Penneys.
    Jul 30 08:52 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The about-face on price cuts at J.C. Penney (JCP) won't include coupons, but will see shoppers see close to a third of merchandise set at prices 20% to 29% lower than the previous monthlong "value" prices that didn't quite catch on with regulars. The company will also use clearance sales again to make room for new inventory. [View news story]
    Not enough. A clearance sale is merchandise no one wants so they mark it down to try and sell it. When you shop there you don't feel like your getting a good deal because there are no "regular" prices marked on the merchandise. You used to be able to see the savings you were getting now I feel like I'm paying full price. It's depressing going into a JCP, one associate per quad, even the furniture store had only one associate. It feels like a ghost town walking through the store. So sad.
    Jul 30 08:24 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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