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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...

The ability to "get it my way" certainly has a strong appeal to consumers. There are three delivery choices for online buyers, all with some pluses and minuses. Their home, at the retailer's store (assuming there is a brick-and-mortar location and that it somewhere near their home or work)...

Vetting each item that a third-party seller places on a marketplace website is almost impossible. The number of third parties and the frequency with which the items change would require a large number of "checkers" and certainly have a large negative impact on the profitability of a online marketplace.

Sears...

Perhaps I missed it but have seen little-to-no favorable press about Amazon's position. Should the Department of Justice get involved it will get far worse. I would recommend that Amazon try to find a way to avoid that at all costs.

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The disadvantage of Morrisons' program versus Aldi and Lidl is immediacy. Instead of paying less the consumer is offered a future discount equal to the pricing difference. To secure that discount the customer has to be a member of their program and spend a minimum of $15. Is it...

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