Nordstrom (JWN) is an upscale department store that sells apparel, shoes, cosmetics, and accessories for women, men, and children. Founded by John W. Nordstrom and Carl Wallin, the company began as a small downtown shoe store in 1901. Today, the fourth generation of the Nordstrom family manages the high-end establishment, which has 287 stores in 38 states and Canada.
Nordstrom’s growth story
Over the past few decades, Nordstrom has strengthened its position by strategically expanding from a successful independent shoe store to a high-end department store and then venturing into off-price retailing through Nordstrom Rack.
Nordstrom serves customers through 116 full-line stores in the US, one store in Canada, 167 Nordstrom Rack locations, and one clearance store. In 2005, the company acquired Jeffrey boutiques in Atlanta and Manhattan.
Through Nordstrom.com, the company reaches customers in 96 countries. Also, the company’s e-commerce site Nordstromrack.com operates in partnership with its flash sale site HauteLook, which Nordstrom acquired in 2011.
In the upscale department store category, Nordstrom competes with the Neiman Marcus Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, and Von Maur. Nordstrom’s other competitors include Dillard’s (DDS), Macy’s (M), JCPenney (JCP), the TJX Companies (TJX), and Kohl’s (KSS). These companies are part of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), which had 12.29% holdings in the consumer discretionary sector and 0.06% holdings in Nordstrom as of February 11, 2015.
This series will focus on Nordstrom’s target consumers, revenue stream, growth prospects, multichannel approach, international expansion, and other key aspects.
Nordstrom's online business has been registering about 30% growth annually for the past three years.
Yum! Brands (YUM) is set to report its first-quarter earnings before the market opens on May 1.
Merchant power player NRG Energy (NRG) is slated to report its first-quarter earnings on May 2. According to consensus estimates, NRG will report earnings of $0.56 per share for the quarter, which ended on March 31.
Fortinet (FTNT) is scheduled to announce its first-quarter results on May 2.
AK Steel (AKS) is scheduled to release its first-quarter earnings on April 29 after the markets close. The company is to hold its earnings call on April 30.
Apple (AAPL) is scheduled to release its second quarter of fiscal 2019 results on April 30 after markets close.
Clorox (CLX) stock was trading flat on a year-to-date basis as of April 24, and it has underperformed the broader markets as well as its peers.