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Cathy Hotka

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Watch Millennials going about their business on a Saturday, and you'll see a huge percentage of them in athletic wear. These stores represent lifestyle brands, not specific activities, and there's only upside in expanding. That said, I think Lululemon's name and price point represent challenges for the company.

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Late deadlines are definitely a roll of the dice, but Amazon has changed the stakes for traditional retailers. Let's hope, though, that consumers demonstrate better judgment than they did last year. After all, Christmas is December 25th every year.

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The challenge here is to have people to study this information and act on it. Store operators say they have their hands full, so new positions may need to be created that are dedicated to performance management. That said, it's pretty exciting to consider the potential to compare high-functioning...

I'm reminded of the fact that, on two separate occasions, Borders decided to eliminate the position of CIO. How ironic that their undoing was a technology product from another company.

Digital experience may not be a prerequisite for the CEO job, but awareness and acceptance are.

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One friend who ordered Glass tried it and sent it back. There just wasn't a reason to own one.

Wearable tech is going to be ubiquitous and valuable, but we may not be there yet.

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Many Boomers were raised by Depression-era parents who understood that if you couldn't pay for it with cash, you couldn't afford it. We're well past that now, with TV channels full of ads for debt consolidation "services," payday loans and ambulance chasing attorneys promising a quick buck.

The short-term outlook...

Richard Hernandez hits it on the head. It's going to be tough to go head-to-head with Forever 21 if your merchandise is five-to-eight times more expensive. If you can buy a great pair of jeans for $12 at Forever 21, why go elsewhere?

This isn't a rhetorical question, it's a...

Finally!

This could be a huge tool for magazine readers, who see items they like in Vogue or Elle but don't know where to find them. Snap could open up a huge new audience among fashionistas who don't have a Neiman's near them.

Big idea, big potential payoff.

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Oh, come on now. The hand-wringing over these new regulations are hysterical at best.

When customers learn that the turkey sandwich has half the calories of the roast beef sandwich with cheese, it's just not the end of the world. Let's do something to end the willful ignorance of the...

There's huge potential for Starbucks to expand its food offerings, assuming they heed the preferences of health-obsessed Millennials. The selection of bad-for-you breakfast items is pretty impressive! They're going to want to get some healthier options in for lunch.

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