It’s been nearly a year since the end of the road for Toys R Us. I recorded a Data Point last year about the mixed feelings of getting good deals on stuff from the store vs picking clean the bones of an old friend. (Listen here).
CNBC has an interesting video from last March about the rise and fall of an iconic American retailer. I disagree with the assertion that “no one saw” the big box retailers coming or the rise of Amazon. I was at the forefront of the dot com boom at Barnes & Noble in the 90s and had friends who worked at Toys R Us’ early efforts to create an online store. They saw this coming – senior management just couldn’t believe they could be bested by anyone.