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McDonalds became the focal point for this joint employer push because they are well known, and the fact that the fast food industry has been at the center of the fight for $15 efforts. Should the ruling stand, the impact will be felt not only by McDonalds but every...

Consumers have a growing awareness of the environmental impact of everything they do. However, while I believe it might impact where customers shop it will not be a key decision maker. Product selections, freshness, price, etc., will still drive where people buy their groceries.

What will drive this for retailers...

Which has more appeal to a young, technical person; a retail company, or Google, Facebook or any other Silicon Valley high tech company? The answer, unfortunately, is not retail, for a number of reasons.

The first is the personal sizzle that comes from working with one of the tech companies...

While the companies are going to continue to operate under their respective banners and use their current business models, there will be some network rationalization. Once the issues that always come from combining two companies are resolved, I would then expect that the competition between the Dollar Tree and...

Flagship stores make a statement, and Starbucks' new Colombia location does just that in several ways; its physical plant, serving only locally-sourced coffee and the investment in the Clover Brewing System. The commitment to serve five varieties of Colombian coffee will certainly make it stand out in the market.

These...

Target, Walmart and others who see "small" as the new big thing should remember that a large number of these units will have a small impact on sales and profits. True, it will be a way to extend the brand to locations that perhaps were not viable for the...

There are five destination drivers for c-stores; fuel, tobacco, packaged beverages, beer and food service. What many people don't realize is that typically two thirds of the profits of a c-store location with gas are generated by sales from inside the store.

When looking at those five drivers my vote...

Target has acknowledged many, if not all, of the mistakes it made during its entry into Canada. Admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery.

The next steps are not easy but doable. The infrastructure is in place, the stores are staffed, supply line exists, etc. Finally,...

I remember someone once making the statement that "you are what you were when." This seems to apply to those being targeted by Marvel's licensing deals. They remember the "they" who identified with characters from their youth.

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Crumbs is a example of what happens when companies are built on a fad foundation. The fad is great while it last. Customers seek out your locations, sales and profits are great, etc.

However, fads are always short-lived and the company must be prepared to jump on the next fad...

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