Businesses are constantly confronted with risk, some are unpredictable and uncontrollable but others can be measured, evaluated and mitigated. A business's success often depends on its ability to identify and minimize risk.
What African American doesn't have a story, where some unknown guard challenged you or followed you out of the store. What about the annoying stores that make you pull out the receipt on the way out the door, and have the security guard ravage through your purchased goods?
This may not be the prevailing view in the Black community, but I don't think Jay Z should drop out of his upcoming holiday collaboration with Barney's. Now before you unleash a barrage of nasty criticism in the comment box, just hear me out.
Grab a coffee or tea for the long line outside. This sale is diva warfare, fatigue sets in and it's cold in there. Leave your handbag at home, you'll only have to check it and retrieve upon leaving the store.
Now that we're all shopped out (even me), have returned the mistakes and planned for future purchases, it's time to take a look back on the best of New York City retail this year, and a couple of wishes for the future.