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Lee Peterson

EVP Brand, Strategy & Design
WD Partners

If I were running Whole Foods I'd stay the course. Have you ever been in one of their stores after a visit to a "traditional" grocer? Better product, better people, better stores, better service, better message ... how is it possible to even think they're "off course?" To me...

Well, this is the last straw...now they know exactly what I do with my first cup of coffee. Yikes. Maybe they could partner with the water gods and get us some H2O in Cali!

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This is something Amazon absolutely must do as Walmart is already way ahead of them at the grocery BOPIS game. Walmart has the ability to open thousands of grocery pickup units within a year and most likely will, which Amazon cannot match. So the very least they can do...

Well, it's better on paper than doing it yourself, but the brand factor is the big question to me. A good model to look at is Geek Squad for Best Buy. They enhance the experience AND deliver the goods — a great idea. Even with that left-handed case study, though,...

I've seen this work and I've seen it make product development people very fearful as well, the latter being a very bad thing. Once the people you count on to be ahead of the consumer are focused only on the "now", you're eventually going to have problems. Just look...

Retailers should just be honest and say, "our profits will be lower." That's the 900 lb gorilla, isn't it? In any case, I disagree that it's going to hurt consumers because in the long run, aren't we talking about lifting the middle?? The more people get paid the more...

Deal hunting is not only a generational issue, it's also an American cultural phenomenon. When you travel abroad and see the lack of corporate focus on price, it really makes you realize how strong that influence is in the U.S. We always say that the Price "P" is #1...

The 365 idea is long overdue, but better to do things right than speedy IMO. Sure, they'll compete with Trader Joe's, but mostly because there are no Trader Joe's! As an example, the Columbus, Ohio metro area is 1.4M people and we only have 2 Trader Joe's. As a...

Lidl is a strong concept, but let's hope they understand this: the US grocery market is dense, broad based and land-mined with pitfalls. From Whole Foods to Walmart to Kroger to HEB, I mean, it's not going to be easy—get ready for an amazing battle.

And then there's Rule #1...

Creepy. Good reason to turn your phone off or leave it at home, IMO. It's one thing to study how and why I buy things, but to basically follow me? No.

You know though, as we have found in any study we've done, Millennials are different and their acceptance and...

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