Steve Kaufman

Microsoft’s senior design manager sees his role as being in a big amusement park, running from one fun ride to another

What are your roots?

I was born in Romania and went to a math and physics high school there....

Target, Neiman Marcus – what other furies have been set loose?

In the 1940s, some of the scientists working on the atomic bomb stepped back from the excitement of their technological...

Penney for your thoughts? It crowded everything else out this year

JCPenney Co. Inc. (Plano, Texas) spent much of 2013 trying to reverse every initiative introduced over the last two years...

They pay their money and they won’t shut up

As I understand what’s going on right now with Eddie Lampert, Sears Holdings and ESL Investments, ESL investors are...

The vp of creative strategy at ESI Design (New York) helps retailers become educators and community organizers

What do ESI’s retail clients need?
A way to make all that...

Help me, I'm melting!

Sears recently announced it’s looking for holdings to sell, from Land’s End to store locations, as it tries to cut its...

She’s the merchandise coordinator at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, where she can team her passions for the arts and for sports

What do you think has formed your interesting career?

I lived a dual life growing up. I was born...

The market for accessories is thriving again: Look for the designer labels

If apparel, from fashion to ready-to-wear to cheap chic, has been slow to emerge from the recession, the accessories...

Trying to compete with the Internet? Open your eyes – and your doors!

In 2005, when Sears and Kmart announced a merger, I asked a retail professional how two such crippled chains could...

This art student turned retail expert turns a careful eye to real-world problems

Doing something in the retail world came naturally to you, didn’t it?

Yes, my father owned...

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