Update: The competition is now closed. Thank you for your entries. We will announce the winner after Thanksgiving.

Update 2: Winner announced!

As many of you know, TJX (the company that owns the T. J. Maxx and Marshalls off-price retail chains) recently invited YLF and several other fashion blogs to an event at their headquarters in Boston, MA.

We had a wonderful time and learned a lot about the company’s approach to retailing. But before telling all, we thought we would have some fun with a competition. The person who gives us the best and most complete set of answers to the following five questions will win a $250 gift voucher for T. J. Maxx and Marshalls stores.

  1. How many T. J. Maxx and Marshalls stores are there in the USA?
  2. Does T. J. Maxx carry same-season merchandise, or do they offer low prices by selling items from the last season?
  3. What percentage of the T. J. Maxx merchandise is irregular?
  4. Does T. J. Maxx offer couture brands?
  5. What are the differences between T. J. Maxx and Marshalls?

We will use one final question to break any ties: TJX is passionate about keeping costs low, but they are also on a drive to improve the shopping experience in their stores. What suggestions do you have for them in this regard?

Please submit your answers as a comment to this blog post (one per person). Earlier answers to the tie-breaker question will get more credit for their ideas. The competition will close at midnight on Monday 24 November (Pacific Standard Time).