The Omnichannel Influence on Retail Deals

Organic growth for many big retailers is a thing of the past. Instead, they are seeking out more partnerships and acquisitions that will enhance omnichannel retailing. A recent article in Women’s Wear Daily highlights this trend, noting that the bulk of M&A activity going forward will likely stem from bolt-on acquisitions (technology platforms are one hot area) and brand extensions, in particular major brands shifting into the off-price sector.

Our own Al Ferrara notes that private equity interest in the sector continues to increase. He suggests that some retailers will exit the public market completely instead of consolidating, giving companies more flexibility. No matter how you slice it, the omnichannel trend will be a primary driver of industry growth, making its imprint on business models and deals along the way.

To read the full article in WWD, click here.