The Decline of Tuesday Morning. What Happened? 10 Marketing Tips

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The Decline of Tuesday Morning. What Happened? 10 Marketing Tips

The discount home-goods retailer, Tuesday Morning, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late May of this year, joining a growing list of retailers that have fallen over the edge as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, as is discussed in detail over at runrex.com and guttulus.com. Like all of the companies in that list, Tuesday Morning was already in trouble before COVID-19 and this article will look to highlight some of the factors that contributed to their decline with the hope of learning marketing tips that should help you and your business avoid a similar fate.

The rise of online retail

One of the main reasons behind the decline of Tuesday Morning is the continued rise of online retail, as per the experts over at runrex.com. Online shopping comes with several advantages for consumers, including cheaper prices and convenience given that one doesn’t have to leave their house to shop. As per discussions over at guttulus.com, the rise in online retail has cut into Tuesday Morning’s customer base, with people becoming increasingly less inclined to shop at brick-and-mortar stores.

A lack of diversity

The fact that Tuesday Morning has no online store is yet another reason that has contributed to their decline and eventual filing for bankruptcy. While other retail chains have diversified in recent years to introduce on e-commerce side to their business, Tuesday Morning hasn’t and has been badly hampered by that decision, according to the subject matter experts over at runrex.com. The situation was made worse by the coronavirus pandemic which meant that it had to close all its stores, leaving the company with no way to make money during the pandemic, leading to its filing of bankruptcy.

Poor in-store experience

As the gurus over at guttulus.com will tell you, one way to compete with online competitors if you are a brick-and-mortar retailer is by offering an excellent in-store experience, to attract your customers to want to come to your store as this is something that can’t be offered online. This is another area where Tuesday Morning has failed, with its stores being known for being disorganized, with poorly displayed merchandise. It is not somewhere you will want to shop, which is something that has contributed to the company’s decline.

Ill-defined target market

Tuesday Morning has regularly described its target market as being mostly women from middle to upper-income households, as discussed over at runrex.com. It is, therefore, a surprise that its stores have got such a poor in-store experience as you would expect that any company targeting such a demographic to create an upscale and appealing experience for its customers. This is yet another factor that contributed to the company’s decline, as it has been unable to effectively attract its target market, a lesson that is very much worth learning.

Poor customer service

On top of the poor in-store experience, the company’s stores are also known for offering dire customer service, which is another factor that has led to its decline. The personnel that works in its stores usually are inept and don’t know much about the products being sold over there, with customers being left to pretty much fend for themselves. As per discussions over at guttulus.com, this is one of the reasons why most of the company’s customers have left, leading to declining sales and eventual filing of bankruptcy.

Extremely slim margins

Tuesday Morning has focused heavily on competing based on price, offering prices that are lower than many of its competitors as discussed over at runrex.com. However, while it has been able to compete on prices with giants like Amazon and Walmart, it has not been able to match their cost or scale advantages, which has left the company grappling with very thin margins, that has contributed to their decline over the years.

High turnover in executive leadership

Tuesday Morning’s prospects have not been helped by the company’s high turnover in executive leadership, as discussed over at guttulus.com. The company has gone from one CEO to another of the last few years, which has meant that it has been distracted and hasn’t been able to focus on making improvements that would have helped it compete better. This is a common theme for most companies that have recently filed for bankruptcy as upheaval at the top has led to poor performances.

Increased competition

With the entrance of Amazon in the industry, Tuesday Morning was facing increased competition for the attention of consumers, which is yet another factor that contributed to its decline according to the gurus over at runrex.com. With the company unable to offer its customers excellent in-store experience and with competitors being able to more than match their prices, foot traffic into its stores has been falling consistently in the last couple of years, leading to declining sales and the eventual decline and filing for bankruptcy that followed.

An extremely large footprint

Tuesday Morning also had too many stores, 678 to be precise as revealed over at guttulus.com, and its large footprint also contributed to the company’s decline. This is because, with reducing foot traffic to their stores, paying rent and handling operational costs became more and more of a challenge. Many of the stores were underperforming, and too many stores also meant that there were a number of them that were too close to each other, cannibalizing each other, which also didn’t help. The company’s large footprint and its voracious hunger for real estate played a big role in its decline.

Bad PR

PR own goals and negative headlines also played a part in putting off customers from Tuesday Morning’s stores, as per discussions over at runrex.com. An example is when one of the company’s CEOs, Kathleen Mason, sued the company for discrimination. In an era where consumers put a lot of weight in a company’s values and social justice, this was a big blow to the company’s reputation, and put off a lot of its customers, particularly since its target audience is women.

Remember, if you are looking for more information on this and other related topics or expert marketing help, then the subject matter experts over at runrex.com and guttulus.com have you covered.