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George Anderson

Editor-in-Chief, RetailWire
George Anderson has extensive executive-level experience in editorial, marketing and sales in the advertising, retail/wholesale and print, video and digital media industries.

Mr. Anderson has served as the editorial voice of RetailWire since the site's founding in 2002 and has been interviewed by a wide variety of media outlets including the Charlotte Observer, Providence Journal, MarketWatch, NPR, Wall Street Journal Radio and others.

Previously, Mr. Anderson served as president and creative director of the IdeaBeat Creative division of IdeaBeat.com. His duties included creating Online Profit Guides and Company Spotlights recognized as "Best of the Net" by About.com for a blue-chip list of consumer goods manufacturers and technology companies.

Before joining IdeaBeat, Mr. Anderson created a successful sales and marketing communications and custom publishing company called Not Your Average Agency.

Mr. Anderson's experience includes eight years with Progressive Grocer Associates/Maclean Hunter Media, where he held a variety of marketing services and sales management roles. His assignments included work in the company's four divisions including Progressive Grocer, Frozen Food Age, Retail Technology, and Retail Insights (Supermarket Insights and Convenience Store Insights video division.)

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  • Posted on: 09/18/2017

    Did this startup make a big mistake calling itself Bodega?

    What I'm wondering about is if they've really done the math to determine what it would cost to keep 100,000 of these small boxes fully stocked if they achieve their growth goals? Making frequent small deliveries to thousands of locations will be expensive and tricky.
  • Posted on: 08/24/2017

    Will Amazon become a dominant force in grocery after acquiring Whole Foods?

    This is from a press release just issued by Amazon and Whole Foods:Here's what will be new in Whole Foods Market stores on Monday and what customers can expect over time as the two companies integrate:Starting Monday, Whole Foods Market will offer lower prices on a selection of best-selling staples across its stores, with much more to come. Customers will enjoy lower prices on products like Whole Trade bananas, organic avocados, organic large brown eggs, organic responsibly-farmed salmon and tilapia, organic baby kale and baby lettuce, animal-welfare-rated 85% lean ground beef, creamy and crunchy almond butter, organic Gala and Fuji apples, organic rotisserie chicken, 365 Everyday Value organic butter, and much more.In the future, after certain technical integration work is complete, Amazon Prime will become Whole Foods Market's customer rewards program, providing Prime members with special savings and other in-store benefits.Whole Foods Market's healthy and high-quality private label products--including 365 Everyday Value, Whole Foods Market, Whole Paws and Whole Catch--will be available through Amazon.com, AmazonFresh, Prime Pantry and Prime Now.Amazon Lockers will be available in select Whole Foods Market stores. Customers can have products shipped from Amazon.com to their local Whole Foods Market store for pick up or send returns back to Amazon during a trip to the store.This is just the beginning -- Amazon and Whole Foods Market plan to offer more in-store benefits and lower prices for customers over time as the two companies integrate logistics and point-of-sale and merchandising systems.
  • Posted on: 06/16/2017

    What happens now that Amazon is acquiring Whole Foods?

    A mashup of Amazon's Go concept with 365 by Whole Foods seems like a good experiment here. Echoing Stefan, I bet the folks at Instacart are feeling at least a little nauseated this morning even though they just picked up Wegmans.
  • Posted on: 06/14/2017

    How smart is Jet.com’s decision to delist Costco’s Kirkland brand?

    As Slice Intelligence's data points out, Amazon and the third-party sellers on its site are clearly not concerned about selling Costco's or Walmart's products. Amazon actually sells more Kirkland product than Costco online. Searches on Amazon also show up plenty results for not only the Kirkland brand but Member's Mark, as well.
  • Posted on: 04/13/2017

    Is UPS’s Saturday announcement a sign of deliveries to come?

    We frequently receive items ordered on Amazon on Saturday and Sunday. I know of at least one instance in our household in recent months where an order for an item was placed with Amazon rather than on another site because the delivery could be made on the weekend instead of having to wait until Monday.
  • Posted on: 02/09/2017

    Did President Trump go too far with his Nordstrom tweet?

    Nordstrom has been clear that its decision was based on the performance of Ivanka Trump's brand alone and not a matter of politics. Other retailers, as noted in the article, have also delisted Ms. Trump's products for the same reason.As a candidate and now elected official, Mr. Trump has continually maintained that he will be the best jobs president ever. Does turning supporters against a particular company because of a perceived slight accomplish that goal or could it potentially put jobs at risk? What of the shareholders, particularly individual investors, who could be hurt by a downturn in the stock price?Recent GOP economic orthodoxy has held that the government should not put itself in the position to determine winners and losers among industries or specific companies operating in the U.S. It has dragged out this argument often, for example, when it comes to the renewable versus fossil fuels debate. While Mr. Trump's fatherly instincts may be understandable in this instance, they are also misplaced considering his position in the world.
  • Posted on: 01/31/2017

    Should the Monday after the Super Bowl be a national holiday?

    Many years ago, I worked at a company where the CEO threw an annual Super Bowl bash for corporate HQ employees at his house. Those not seen as thoroughly enjoying themselves (non-drinkers like me) were viewed with some suspicion by said CEO. There was a delayed opening on the Monday following the Super Bowl with no one expected to show up before 11:00 a.m. I had no problem arriving at my usual time, but many others were in little shape to work even with the late start.
  • Posted on: 09/23/2016

    Will on-demand beauty services connect with Macy’s customers?

    Reading the press release and media coverage on this, I couldn't help but wonder if this was the opening chapter on an eventual purchase of beGlammed by Macy's. Perhaps, Macy's-owned Blue Mercury will offer its spa services in homes after the companies gain some insights into market demand and execution from the beGlammed test.
  • Posted on: 09/19/2016

    Are you ready for Generation Z?

    To pick up on one of Gene's points, the youngest of our children is approaching her ninth birthday. When we asked what she wanted for her birthday, she provided a list of activities she wanted to do with individual members of our family. Her adult-aged big sister is taking her for a day at the spa. She and mom are going to see Swan Lake together. It will be dinner and movie for we two. You get the idea. Not one single request for a product. For her, it's about experiences and the memories she gets to keep after having had them. Not necessarily great news for companies that sell products off of shelves, but a glimpse into what she wants and perhaps enough information for them to make the types of changes that will attract her as she grows into an adult.
  • Posted on: 07/13/2016

    Amazon declares victory – Prime Day II concludes

    Amazon issued a press release this morning with the following:"The second annual Prime Day was the biggest day ever for Amazon. Amazon today announced customer orders surpassed Prime Day 2015 by more than 60% worldwide and more than 50% in the U.S."
  • Posted on: 06/30/2016

    Retailers stand out on Fortune’s ‘100 Best Workplaces for Millennials’ list

    To build on Ralph's point, there's an adage that people don't quit companies, they quit bosses. When you do a deeper dive on the Fortune surveys, you find 97% of Wegmans workers and 99% of RevZilla employees said they have "great bosses."
  • Posted on: 06/17/2016

    ‘Got Cycling?’

    Record Store Day has drummed up interest in independent stores since it first debuted in 2008. Who is to say a similar approach wouldn't help shift independent bicycle dealer sales into a higher gear? (Sorry, couldn't stop myself -- ;o))Stores also need to rethink their businesses to meet the consumer demand for experiences (stationary cycling classes come immediately to mind). Younger consumers, in particular, don't just see Warby Parker as a place to buy glasses, but also somewhere they can hang out. There is a good article currently on Fast Company that offers a look at a new breed of merchants that emphasize customer experiences that lead to sales.
  • Posted on: 06/09/2016

    Home Depot and Lowe’s can’t touch Ace for satisfied customers

    The local Ace Hardware here is also a lumber yard and does substantially more business with local contractors than Home Depot. While it has a smaller "store" than HD - it also has attached garages with building supplies, tractors, etc. I think at issue is the perception that the cookie cutter approach followed by the big boxes applies to Ace and that is an inaccurate assumption.
  • Posted on: 06/09/2016

    Home Depot and Lowe’s can’t touch Ace for satisfied customers

    I would draw a distinction with Bob in that I don't think the comparison is apples to oranges between Ace and the big box chains, but more Red Delicious to Golden Delicious.When I walk into either my local Home Depot or Ace location, my questions, if I have any, are essentially the shame. The determining factors when deciding which store I go to include:
    1. My level of knowledge (If I need more help I choose Ace, which is located a little further away.
    2. My available time (during the week it would be the closer Home Depot store but weekends would be Ace, which is quicker to just pick something up and go if I know what I need and don't require help.)
    3. Price comparisons (here is where Ace's advertising and promotion comes in) If there is a deal at Ace combined with their knowledgeable staff that is the place I'll shop.
    In the end, I'd estimate that about 60% of our home improvement dollars go Ace's way with the rest to HD. I guess I prefer the Red Delicious. ;o)
  • Posted on: 05/24/2016

    Is the paper receipt dying?

    One of the benefits of using my Target REDcard is that I don't need a receipt for returns. I hand customer service the card and the system finds the item to be credited automatically. Seems as those this the type of benefit that CVS and other retailers should be playing up if they want current paper receipt users to make the switch to the digital version. Imagine, never having to go searching for a paper receipt ever again.

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