"Ron Johnson ... just led a $16 million investment in the e-commerce startup Nasty Girl to help it expand its brick-and-mortar presence." - Julian D'Ornfro, "Former Apple retail genius and ousted JCPenney CEO Ron Johnson is coming back in a big way," Business Insider, February 27, 2015. Here is the article.
Brick & Mortar is a tough game. Just look at the humbling Staples has lived through. Its new strategy, as it absorbs its acquisition of Office Depot, is to focus on online sales. At its retail operations everything it touched seemed to turn to ashes. That ranged from consumer electronics to Easy Tech services.
This blog wishes Johnson the best. But his track record with it-sells-itself Apple retail may not help much with less powerful brands. At JCPenney he was out of touch with the ethos of Extreme Bargain-Hunting. I returned to that store when it flooded my email with deep-discount promotions, along with additional 10-percent-off coupons. I made out better on my entire winter clothing needs than I would have at an upscale consignment store.