« on: March 20, 2014, 09:34 AM »
I think that's a cop out on Hasbro's part.
I think this is a cop out as well.
I've managed enough product lines and whole portfolios to know that some products within your portfolio have better margins than others and you need to be looking at the whole portfolio, not individual items or waves. You need to balance gross margins with turns. There is no point getting great gross margins if your turns are terrible (e.g. backed up pegs with TPM).
I don't know that they should go to a 2x each new figure in each case as there are going to be figures that kids likely won't care much about (Toryn Farr), but I do think Hasbro could do a lot better job managing their case assortments. Particularly when you look across the lines Legends, Mission Series, TBS, CW/Rebels. I think its tough when you've got four different repacked Jedi Anakin figures on the shelf across all the lines and they all back up, especially when stores are only allocating a few pegs and re-order when the counts get down to near zero.