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There is one thing we can guarantee—retailers will be sorry they made a guarantee if a major snowstorm or two hits large parts of the country in the lead up to Christmas.

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Overstock may be known for discounting, but there is more to the company than that. Consider the following from their press release to announce the Farmers Market venture: "The Farmers Market is the latest initiative in Overstock's collection of sustainable businesses that provides a way to give back to...

Amazon spokesperson Kelly Cheeseman sent the following in an email: "We have a longstanding practice of not commenting on pending litigation, but data shows that employees walk through post shift security screening with little or no wait."

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Tesco's new finance director, Alan Stewart, has joined the company ahead of schedule. He was supposed to start in December, but Tesco worked out a deal with Marks & Spencer, his former employer, to allow him to dive right into this mess.

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An email from a Walmart spokesperson referenced comments made by CFO Charles Holley last month regarding the announced deal between Dollar Tree and Family Dollar. In response to a question from Bloomberg TV, Mr. Jolley said Walmart's "smaller formats can sell anywhere between three times to eight times what...

Convenience stores have sold rolling papers and other paraphernalia for years. C-store operators also have experience with tobacco and alcohol regulations. Seems as if any format type would be able to succeed in opening marijuana shops, c-stores would be it.

Also, since marijuana is legal due to a popular vote,...

To Bob: Restaurants in our town, many of whom operate without a liquor license, make a point of letting patrons know they can bring their own bottle of wine to offset any competitive disadvantage with the establishments that serve alcohol. There is no corkage fee attached, because they know...

Editor's note: Panera Bread has tested the concept in the Charlotte and Boston markets and plans to roll out the concept to 150 additional locations this year.

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We were talking about the advent of "smart homes" back in 1989 when I was in charge of marketing and store merchandising for a national wholesaler of electronic security products. We're closer than we were back then, but it appears as though there is still a ways go to....

My thanks for the kind birthday wishes and the insights shared so generously on this site over the past 12+ years.

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