NEW YORK — Offering trend-right apparel with superior customer service while understanding — and accepting — that a retailer’s core customer base also frequently shops at Wal-Mart, was some of the advice offered by a roundtable of industry experts, held here, at WWD.

The panelists also discussed the importance of more independent boards of public companies. The participants were: Peter Solomon, chairman of investment banking firm Peter J. Solomon Co.; Peter Thorner, operating partner of merchant bank Tri-Artisan Partners; Ken Wasik, an investment banker and director of the consumer products group at Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin; Walter Loeb, a retail consultant of the firm that bears his name; Deborah Weinswig, a retail analyst at Smith Barney, and Adam Rogoff, bankruptcy law partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft.

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