A teen specialty brand features a promotional program of activewear items at opening price points for Back-To-School. A major department store puts out a prominent floor set of special order holiday sweaters for Black Friday. A mid-tier chain needs a sharp retail on a basic men’s cargo pant, but to compensate for razor-thin margins, rewards its vendor with huge quantities.

Unlike a few years ago, when these programs represented a small share of product at retail, today it’s a big piece of the business. And these programs aren’t just used as loss leaders to drive traffic at holiday seasons, they now seem to be happening all the time.

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