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16:07 // 4 months ago
April 8, 2013
Doing it wrong: Just over a year after he started, Ron Johnson is out as J.C. Penney’s CEO. Johnson, who built his career on the conception of the Apple Store, tried a bold strategy of across-the-board price cuts to buoy the department store chain, only to see that strategy totally fail in the marketplace. Johnson will be replaced by Mike Ullman, the man Johnson replaced in 2011. (photo by Thomas Iannaccone/AP)

Doing it wrong: Just over a year after he started, Ron Johnson is out as J.C. Penney’s CEO. Johnson, who built his career on the conception of the Apple Store, tried a bold strategy of across-the-board price cuts to buoy the department store chain, only to see that strategy totally fail in the marketplace. Johnson will be replaced by Mike Ullman, the man Johnson replaced in 2011. (photo by Thomas Iannaccone/AP)

18:54 // 1 year ago
January 23, 2013

reuters:

Video: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson clash over Benghazi consulate attack (via Talking Points Memo)

"With all due respect, we had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or was it because of some guys out on a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.” Damn, Hill brought her A game.

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11:41 // 1 year ago
August 10, 2012

J.C. Penney’s forward-thinking pricing strategy not working so well

  • cause In January, new J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson announced an innovative plan to cut back on marketing by trimming overall prices and cutting back on coupons. The strategy was initially lauded.
  • effect But … after more than six months of the strategy, it’s proving difficult to show any positives. Sales are down 21.7 percent in the most recent quarter, and revenue is also down by 22.6 percent.
  • retreat? While Johnson is sticking behind the basic idea, saying sales will bounce back in 2013, he has done some backtracking in recent weeks — the store will begin using words like “clearance” again. source

» The problem — no coupons? Analysts are skeptical about whether consumers will actually respond to the changes Johnson’s making — particularly because they’ve been trained to use coupons. ”I am very skeptical as to whether he (Johnson) understands that the J.C. Penney customer is looking for value and perceives value only with couponing,” says Walter Loeb of Loeb Associates, who feels that competition with Macy’s is making J.C. Penney’s position tough to keep.

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8:25 // 1 year ago
April 1, 2012
The establishment folks in Washington, D.C., they’re in the bubble and they see the world very, very differently than we do and I think most Americans do. And we’re going to continue to go out and try to elect conservatives to the presidency and that’s what we’re focused on.
Rick Santorum • Responding to political types suggesting he should drop out, days before the Wisconsin primary. Santorum says he’s in it until Mitt Romney clearly has enough delegates to win — something that likely won’t happen until June, based on how things are going so far. Romney just won another endorsement, this time from Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (no relation), a show of support that has Santorum on the defensive.
20:06 // 2 years ago

Is J.C. Penney’s bold new pricing strategy actually working? Maybe not

  • strategy The company, led by former Apple exec Ron Johnson, embarked on a bold (and widely-praised) reconsideration of its pricing, cutting prices by roughly 40 percent across the board and cutting back promotions.
  • results However, the retail chain’s early results from the experiment aren’t quite so hot — an analyst for Citi says that chain’s revenue will dip by 7 percent this year, though profit margins will improve overall.
  • problem A key reason the chain’s results aren’t looking so hot? Two-thirds of people recently polled don’t know about the change in strategy, and those that do won’t necessarily shop more because of it. source

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11:15 // 2 years ago
February 1, 2012
I chose J.C. Penney because I think it’s the single biggest opportunity in American retailing. Inherently, department stores have significant advantages compared to all other retailers. Yet, our productivity is at the low end, and that just doesn’t make sense.
J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson • Remarks in an interview with the AP’s Anne D’Innocenzio. Johnson made news in the world of department store retail when he first took over, announcing a reduction in unique sales events coupled with a 40% across the board price cut. In this interview, he expands a bit on his plan for J.C. Penney’s future; he mentions his time with Apple frequently in the interview, as a reference point for the sort of modern imaginings that may be to come. It’s worth remembering that Johnson was the brain behind the Apple Store, the “Genius Bar” in particular, which we think says a lot about his insight on balancing design, efficiency and customer service in a retail setting. Apple just found their replacement for Johnson, John Brownett, but with the legacy he left there, we wonder how long it will be until they wish they had him back on board. source (viafollow)
15:43 // 2 years ago
January 25, 2012

Always Low Prices? J.C. Penney tries a play out of the Wal-Mart playbook

  • 40% across-the-board price cuts over at J.C. Penney source

» Fewer sales, lower prices: A old retail vehicle tunes up. Department store mainstay (despite years of underperformance) J.C. Penney is making some big changes. New CEO Ron Johnson, who formerly headed Apple’s retail division, is looking to fix a pricing and sales structure that has neither kept J.C. Penney competitive, nor has helped their bottom line. Johnson’s desire to cut down on the volume of smaller, unique sales is sort of a no-brainer; he says despite the company’s prior 590 promotions per year, the average customer visited only four times, meaning “customers ignored us 99% of the time. At some point, you, as a brand, look desperate if you have to market that much.” Johnson cut that unique promotions number from 590 down to … 12. Wow.

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15:28 // 2 years ago
November 2, 2010


Russ. Sigh. This is a race that was clear from the polling, but still a depressing loss. He was one of the country’s better Senators, and was more willing to go with his gut than the lot of them, most famously when he voted against the PATRIOT Act – he was the only one to do so. But Wisconsin has spoken, and Ron Johnson, a once-unknown who was against the health care bill, will take his place. That feeling is one of a dagger hitting the hearts of liberals everywhere. sourceRuss Feingold: Poor fella. Down goes an incumbent.

Russ. Sigh. This is a race that was clear from the polling, but still a depressing loss. He was one of the country’s better Senators, and was more willing to go with his gut than the lot of them, most famously when he voted against the PATRIOT Act – he was the only one to do so. But Wisconsin has spoken, and Ron Johnson, a once-unknown who was against the health care bill, will take his place. That feeling is one of a dagger hitting the hearts of liberals everywhere. source

23:42 // 3 years ago