posted on Sep, 22 2009 @ 11:53 AM
It is somewhat self-evident that those in charge of larger retail chains have a strong sense of coming economic conditions. In light of this, I
present the following personal experience:
As I write this, it is the 22nd of September, 2009. Yesterday, on the 21st of September, I was involved in an inventory at a store which is part of a
large retail chain (name withheld for obvious reasons). My normal routine is to walk through the store while the equipment is being set up, in order
to get a feel for the store layout and estimate the amount of time this store will take.
In my walk-through, I came upon something surprising. Right beside the Halloween decorations, which have appeared within the last week or two, was a
small Christmas display! One side of a gondola (12 feet of display space) was packed with Christmas lights, wreaths, and wrapping paper. I mentioned
it to the District Manager, and he simply hung his head and replied "I have never heard of them starting the Christmas displays this early."
It is well-known that Christmas is the money-maker for retail chains. A store can actually survive 10-11 months of slow losses as long as the
Christmas season goes well. In my lifetime I have watched the Christmas shopping season extend from the day after Thanksgiving (traditionally called
'Black Friday') to early November. But this year it has skipped an entire month!
What does the corporate office of this retail chain know that we should? Are they trying to milk every possible dime from the season in an attempt to
survive something on the horizon?
Or am I just paranoid?