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Gene Hoffman

President/CEO
Corporate Strategies International

Walmart has tried to be all things to most people. That has created a wide array of SKUs, many of which moved slower than wished for. That has created inventory issues and accompanying labor issues.

To wit, the bigger a company becomes, its foundation needs greater strength and skills. For...

The multiplication of dollar-type retail stores and the challenge to generate greater sales per square foot as its prime source of future profits are big challenges for Family Dollar as it moves ahead.

Despite Family Dollar's stated mission "to deliver compelling, everyday values for our customers, and executing on this...

Starbucks coffee in its current cup, as sweet as love and black as hell, finds itself in a green cup dilemma.

While it is obvious that we are in an era of grievances do Starbucks and its loyal fans have to be in contention with recycle environmentalists ... or are...

Always seeking the "best pricing strategy" for your store is like choosing a coffin with both ends knocked out. You can get mighty chilly laying in that rut.

If you decide that most of your needed consumers are now demanding dollar store pricing, find the way to give it to...

Howard Schulz and Starbucks revolutionized a higher value for the coffee bean, but they haven't matched that zenith yet with their food offerings.

Starbucks drinkers have a perception that they are getting perfection for a lofty price in their beverage. That almost demands companionable perfection from any food accompaniment. But...

My take on Jeff Gennette's promotion to President of Macy's is that it's a deserved recognition, but it's only Lundgren's take on the event that counts ... and Terry said he will be around years from now. That will give Mr. Lundgren more time to do additional things to...

Today's evolving consumers are not as traditional or as loyal as consumers in the past and are quicker to switch grocery stores. Price is the key factor but one unspoken additional reason is probably that they want more diversion in their shopping experiences, i.e., if it's new and exciting,...

Quarterbacking Walmart's present playbook, focused as it is with being the largest retailer in the world, must appeal to every economic, social and politically-beneficial segment of population to retain its current position. Cuts in the SNAP and similar programs have to hurt WM just as does with competing retailers.

If...

The perceived need to promise quicker and faster prompt deliveries has almost reached a point of diminishing returns. Just as you can't fill a 8 ounce jar with 16 ounces of water, you can't continue to promise Christmas deliveries on December 24 under both existing and unexpected conditions. There...

Internet-connected home appliances and other devises will give retailers a chance to whip up both sunshine and dust for the insatiable thirst of young adults, i.e., "Don't live without internet connection." Such folks love newfangled things and retailers are a prime source for their acquisition.

Security safeguards will come into...

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