The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Austin talks about one thing that Big Lots could do to improve store performance. The company's big exposure to consumables has been a drag on its earnings recently. This may be surprising since may competitors in this space have benefited from stocking more consumables on their shelves, but Big Lots has seen weakness. Austin believes it has more to do with how it's buying these goods as opposed to the broader strategy itself. He proposes one thing the company could do to rectify the problem.

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