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Personal & Household Goods  // Browsing posts in Personal & Household Goods

Tempur-Pedic Whisper

Tempur-Pedic Whisper

Research Question: Will Tempur-Pedic’s focus on high-end bedding and discounting prevail in a competitive bedding market? Companies Covered: Tempur-Pedic (TPX), Select Comfort Corp. (SCSS), Serta Inc. Report Available: June 7, 2013   Blueshift’s initial research indicates TPX focusing on high-end bedding with its new Tempur-Choice Collection and significant discounting to gain market share, but it is […]

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GNC Whisper

GNC Whisper

Research Question: Will GNC’s new loyalty program lead to increased sales and an extended customer reach in 2013? Companies Covered: GNC Holdings (GNC) &Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) Report Available: June 7, 2013   Blueshift’s initial research shows GNC attempting to broaden its customer base and better tailor promotions to customers with its new loyalty program, though its long-term success in […]

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Ulta Whisper

Ulta Whisper

Research Question: Will increasing competition and slowing industry sales stall Ulta’s growth in 2013? Companies Covered: Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragrance (ULTA) Report Available: June 6, 2013   Despite maintaining impressive sales growth, Blueshift’s initial research indicates Ulta facing slowing industry sales trends and increased competition from Amazon.   Observations 1. Ulta’s Q4 2012 earnings revealed that total […]

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Vitamin Shoppe Sales Getting Back on Track, Online Slow to Take Off

Research Question: What are sales trends and online prospects for Vitamin Shoppe? By: Reverdy Johnson Companies: AMZN, COST, CVS, EBAY, GNC, RAD, TGT, VITC, VSI, WAG, WFM, WMT Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Seventeen of 22 Vitamin Shoppe Inc. (VSI) regional managers and store personnel said first-quarter sales have increased 5% to […]

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Herbalife Distributors Loyal to the Company and Its Products

Research Question: How accurate is hedge fund manager Bill Ackman in calling Herbalife a pyramid scheme? By: Susan Jennings Kantari Companies: HLF Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Only one of Blueshift’s 17 sources believes Bill Ackman was accurate in calling Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) a pyramid scheme. None of our Herbalife user or […]

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Lumber Liquidators Will See DIY Sales Grow Given Lack of Direct Competitor

Research Question: Can Lumber Liquidators increase its market share and sales in 2013? By: Ryan Duck Companies: HD, LL, LOW Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Lumber Liquidators Holdings PLC’s (LL) product range, pricing, and advertising should allow the company to grow its market share and sales in 2013, according to 11 of […]

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Herbalife Whisper

Herbalife Whisper

Research Question: Is Bill Ackman’s short thesis on Herbalife correct? If not, what are the holes in it? Companies Covered: Herbalife (HLF) Report Available: Feb. 8, 2013   Blueshift’s initial research reveals controversy surrounding Herbalife as a company and an investment, with the fate of both undetermined.   Observations In a detailed presentation this past December, Bill Ackman accused […]

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Lumber Liquidators Whisper

Lumber Liquidators Whisper

Research Question: Can Lumber Liquidators increase its market share and grow sales in 2013? Companies Covered: Lumber Liquidators (LL), Home Depot (HD), & Lowe’s (LOW) Report Available: Feb. 7, 2013   Blueshift’s initial research indicates that Lumber Liquidators’ expanded product offering and emphasis on advertising is helping the company increase market share, but competition, customer complaints, and […]

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Select Comfort Showing Year-to-Year Sales Growth

Research Question: Will Select Comfort suffer from the same slow growth and declining sales as Mattress Firm? By: Ryan Duck Companies: SCSS, MFRM, ZZ Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Select Comfort Corp. (SCSS) does not appear to be suffering the same slow growth and declining sales as Mattress Firm Holding Corp. (MFRM). […]

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BBBY to Withstand Online, Offline Competition Through Broad Selection, Coupons

Research Question: Can Bed Bath & Beyond successfully grow its store traffic and sales despite increasing competition from online and offline retailers? By: Reverdy Johnson Companies: AMZN, BBBY, GMCR, JCP, KSS, M, PIR, SHLD, TGT, TJX, WAG, WMT, WSM Click here to download the report (.pdf)   Summary of Findings Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.’s (BBBY) extensive variety […]

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