March 15, 2013
By Bill Zeeble
A Canadian clothing brand called Joe Fresh travels south tomorrow, to about 700 J.C. Penney stores. It’s the first of several Penney ‘store in a store’ lines aimed at younger buyer. Can Joe Fresh can help revive a struggling, stale Plano-based JC Penney?
The retailing giant needs something. More than a year ago, J.C. Penney dropped sales and coupons in exchange for everyday low pricing. Since then, it has lost $1 billion and laid off 20,000 people .
“They’ve lost 30 percent of their business. It’s just gone away. That’s an incredible hurdle for a retailer to try to clear.”
Ed Fox is a Marketing Professor at Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business. He tracks J.C. Penney. He says Joe Fresh has sold well for Penney online and may work in stores. But by the time Penney fully implements its ‘store in a store’ plan, it may be too late....