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CurrentC certainly finds itself in an awkward position. First Apple Pay beats it to the marketplace. Then they have to reveal they have been hacked.

Even though the reports indicate the app itself was not breached, the headlines read hacked or breached. Those are two words consumers don't want to...

Is it wise? The short answer is it is always wise to know what your competitors are doing. The issue is, do third-party sellers want to be involved with a competitor that has access to their data and is using it against them?

In the brick-and-mortar world this would be...

I would agree that much of the privacy we used to enjoy is gone thanks to the increased use of credit cards and the internet. However, I would still like to think that I have some left, including not having my face recognized so that I can be presented...

Price differentiation between customers is not a new concept. Supermarkets and others have had price zones for years. They certainly never issued statements that a customer on the North Shore of Chicago was paying more for an items than someone might elsewhere in the market.

With the internet, availability of...

While the idea of fighting Amazon may evoke the romantic imagery of the small guy taking on and beating the "corrupt" corporate giant, the reality is that existing book sellers such as Barnes & Noble are having difficulty surviving. For a single publisher with a limited line of authors...

The issue is the interpretation of the words "strongly rebound." Given the impact the credit card issues had last year on Target's sales a strong rebound could be just getting back to 2012 sales levels.

Two thirds of Target's internet sales currently ship free because they are above the $50...

What were they thinking? Meth is an illegal drug that has destroyed families—Toys 'R' Us is all about families.

Yes, the show was a hit with the public and critics but Toys 'R' Us should have anticipated there would be a negative reaction.

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I question the motivation behind Caremark's extra co-pay program. Is it for the health of their members or is it an attempt to make up for the lost sales and profits that resulted in CVS Health's decision not to sell tobacco related products?

If Caremark PBM wanted to alert its...

As a qualifier let me state I am not a Starbucks devotee and would not be a user of this app. However, I would be one of its largest fans. Why? Anything that will speed up the order/prep process where people are ordering drinks that have five-plus adjectives I...

Whole Foods' Responsibly Grown label's first impact on their produce business will be with its existing customer base, who may change their buying habits. Admittedly I am not a Whole Foods shopper so am unaware of its current produce pricing but it would appear there could be up to...

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