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The dollar store is becoming more like the local superette of old, minus the meat department. Customers of all economic strata are looking for ways to handle their fill-in grocery needs. Dollar General's new positioning is providing one additional alternative to fill that need.

Food may not provide the margin...

The answer is, it depends. The manager must be educated on all the aspects of the impact such moves may have, know how to monitor the impact, etc.

Here is a formula I learned a long time ago: empowerment before education equals chaos.

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The impact of China's currency devaluation on U.S. retail is less about the cost of goods and more about the consumer perception of the future state of the U.S. economy. If the belief is things will be fine then the small difference the devaluation has on the cost goods...

We can talk about the impact of impact of the internet on office supplies, etc. but there are some things you just have to feel and touch to determine what you want to buy.

This week I finally decided I wanted to get a new office chair. True, I could...

Four ten-hours days versus the traditional 40-hour work week would seem like a great perk to many. The key is to have the choice of one or the other. Perhaps even better would be the ability to occasionally change from one to the other.

The issue of having to commit...

Historically c-stores were the place for quick convenient fill-in shopping. They carried a variety of grocery items ranging from milk to canned goods. In order to meet their shopper needs many morphed more into snack, beverage and foodservice locations and the space devoted to grocery declined. Today that pendulum...

I have no objection to facial recognition as long as it is done by a human being. Having a member of the store staff recognize you and know your likes and dislikes is something very few people would object to.

Having your image stored in an IT system that has...

Beech Grove has less than 15,000 residents so it is not a city that you would expect to have a crime problem. However it is at the intersection of Interstate 65 and route 36 and at the beginning of Interstate 74 so it is an ideal location for Walmart.

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Like Frank Sinatra sang in one of his many iconic songs, "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere. It's up to you, New York, New York." The problem is that it is up to the city's politicians, not its people.

As others have stated, there are normal...

Starbucks devotees will likely seek out this unique location, and tweet and whatever about it to let everyone know they are cool and have had this unique Starbucks experience. Will what plays in Vegas, play in Peoria? Maybe. Time will tell.

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