Former retail titan JCPenney (JCP) is in trouble. The 1,100 store mall staple is in the middle of a radical redesign under CEO Ron Johnson, who led the roll-out of Apple's wildly successful retail locations prior to coming to JCP. In an investor presentation at the beginning of 2012, Johnson promised to do nothing short of re-invent the department store concept. But it hasn't worked out that way.
JCP stock is down more than 40% in 2012, sales are collapsing, and employee enthusiasm has deteriorated to the point that the company was forced to announce in an SEC filing that morale was an actual threat to operations. It doesn't have to end this way, however. JCP can save itself, but only if it acts fast and with a decisiveness that has so far eluded the chain during its revamp.
In the attached clip, OptionMonster.com co-founder Jon Najarian and I discuss the future of JCP and whether or not Ron Johnson is the right man to lead a rebirth of the venerable chain. Here's a three step process that gives JCP its last, best chance to save itself:
1. Clearly Define What JCPenney Is
As evidenced by JCP's early ad campaigns, communicating Johnson's vision to the consumer was an immediate challenge. Beyond being arguably the most grating advertisement in television history, JCP's foray into national TV spots was notable only for promising shoppers a non-promotional strategy the company quickly ditched.Read More »from JCPenney’s 3-Step Survival Plan