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The answer to the question is a resounding "nein."

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It's hard to tell whether consumers are clamoring for McCafe in a bag, but I'd guess that the Kraft deal is pretty sweet for McDonald's.

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Wow, I just put up six jars of bread and butter pickles last evening.

I'll attribute this trend to ubiquitous cooking shows. Millennials take pride in their ability to whip up whatever they want, and canning is part of the home cuisine life cycle. They're not going to post just...

These are common-sense prescriptions from RSR that should ring a bell with retailers everywhere. Suggestions and gift lists are part of the formula that put Amazon on top. RSR's ideas are particularly timely for specialty retailers that sell "splurgy" products, like Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table.

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This is a big opportunity for working parents.

A lot of working mothers are busy until 9:00 p.m. Target's new hours allow them to get some quality shopping in—in the store—after the kids are in bed. When my kiddos were small, I did all my Christmas shopping after-hours.

Let's hope the...

Oh, come on now.

This is not the way to buy ingredients, or work with recipe sites. People look up recipes online, often checking multiple sites for the same dish, then make it the way they want to. They don't need to have specific ingredients delivered. I predict a short...

Kudos to Starbucks for proactively addressing this. When my kids were opening our Starbucks they needed to arrive by 5:00 a.m., that's not so hard to do if that's a regular part of the schedule (even for teens). Part of Starbucks' appeal has to be its happy associates.

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Camel's nose under the tent, here. Any application that gives retailers reports on sales trends is also supplying those same trends to Amazon. Have we learned nothing about the way they work?

There may be some Mom & Pops that find this attractive, but enterprise will avoid it like the...

Customers come to applications like this with a healthy dose of skepticism. Every one of us, savvy shoppers all, have had an uncomfortable moment at self-checkout, and we don't assume that mobile apps will be different.

Frictionless checkout is coming, but we're not there yet.

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This is a hilariously bad idea. Kids would be online mocking it in seconds. Cooing at customers—really?

Better to provide a place to sit, flattering light and a regular bit of attention to rejected try-ons. Customers also want an easy way to have a sales person bring them a different...

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