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Free shipping has gone from a need-to-win to a need-to-play tactic. Stated differently, it has become the new normal. Retailers try to make it less painful by keeping the purchase value higher but customers are now expecting lower and lower purchase requirements.

There is definitely an advantage to being able...

The article talks about what the manufacturers could and should do. As a retailer the view of the world is different. Yes, they want to have margin-protected items for a number of reasons, but they also don't want to lose the opportunity to be competitive.

My suggestion if they notice...

As with most issues there are pluses and minus to shifting from relying on part-time to using more full-time staff. In the latter case costs are higher and so is the ongoing cost primarily due to benefit costs. So is the cost of replacing a single employee. There the...

There are certainly efficiency advantages when producing 18 versus 300 items in a plant. The vertical integration provides additional potential saving and increases surety of supply. It also increases Costco's exposure should something go wrong. It is one thing to blame your supplier but quite another when the issue...

Family run businesses are by definition privately held. This allows them to operate without being subject to the pressures of quarterly earnings, stock holders who don't care about the business, its employees, etc. but only its share price. The principle disadvantage may be the ability to access the funds...

The company can do what it wants. However, I would expect this revelation by CNBC will create problems with consumers who will ask "why not me?

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I can understand the teams need to raise money given the huge salaries they pay players, but I wonder about a couple things.

First, how will the sponsor feel when one of the players linked to their name does something that casts him and, by association, them in an unfavorable...

My response echoes some those made earlier. I would be far more worried about cuts at the field/store levels than at national or even regional offices. The retail world is changing and more retailers are not leading the change with adjustments in staffing from B&M to online. I expect...

I doubt that the activity equivalent labels are any more effective. The concept should work in that they provide an idea of what is necessary to burn of the calories being consumed. However, after consumers have read them they have to care enough to resist consuming the product or...

Companies whose products who don't start with an "i" have a hard time getting their customers to dole out more money for devices that may at best be evolutionary but are not revolutionary.

The one benefit seems to be a longer battery life. I doubt that many current Kindle users...

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