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What retailers really want is to have a payment system that allows them to escape, or reduce their credit card processing expense at a reasonable cost. This gets to be more and more of a problem as consumers elect to use their card for paying for more and more...

The short answer is yes, but ever-so slowly. Too abrupt a change and Jos. A. Bank will find itself without its old customer base before it has had time to build a new one.

Men's Wearhouse knew (or at least I hope they knew) what they were buying when they...

In-N-Out is not only generating and/or increasing brand awareness in new markets, but in their home markets as well. While they may have cult status in five states, it never hurts to reinforce it to your consumers and competitors as well.

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I admit I am not a fan of body art. That being said both my children have them—one has only one on her lower leg and the other has several.

At the time the oldest child got hers she was much younger and had no idea what she would be...

No. The Amazon Fire is a "new" phone with very little market acceptance and little cool factor. As Max has pointed out, for the same price you can by an Apple 5C. Admittedly an old model but still with some coolness. The best thing about the Fire Phone may...

Let's see. To make an Apple watch work I have to have an iPhone in my pocket. Isn't one of the reason watches are worn less is because people use their phone as their watch? If I were to join the Apple ecosystem, I would need to buy both...

This was a case of brand over-extension. As the article pointed out, the two formats were basically seen by customers as the same—a place for fill-in goods. Combining them under the Neighborhood market banner extends its brand recognition, states clearly what customers should expect from a shopping experience, etc....

Drug stores have expanded their product selection to carry many, if not most, of the same items as convenience stores. Walgreens' positioning is easy to see as they list a c-store manager (or at least they did, haven't looked in a while) on their wall along with that of...

The USPS logistics are built on trucks running the same routes every day. The routes are based on a variety of elements to ensure efficiency, etc. It will be interesting to see if they can effectively manage having a second set of routes that vary daily with inconsistent loads.

To...

I see little chance for commercial drone deliveries. I believe getting permission to commercially fly drones will be very tightly regulated and agree with that approach.

Think of the inherent danger of having thousands of flights over a major city each day by FedEx, UPS, Google, Amazon, Peapod, etc. Who...

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