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Joan Treistman

President
The Treistman Group LLC

I'm a Uniqlo enthusiast and I was surprised to read that their profit fell short of expectations. On a recent visit to the NYC 53rd Street location I noticed that only about 20 percent of the cash registers were in operation. That says to me they were not expecting...

We shoppers go to where we think we'll find what we're looking for. Amazon has become the default option for sure. Sellers can identify where their goods best reside. It's a simple A/B test. And then it's a little bit of math to determine the sustainability of having two...

Starbucks is telling their employees and prospective employees that they are interested in their future and have confidence in their ability to be successful. I think this has a broad appeal, not only to employees, but also to the public. And it makes a statement about what employers can...

Retailers are driven by technology rather than marketing strategy. I get that sometimes technology we didn't know we wanted or needed actually improves our ability to accomplish things. However if we are driven to grab each new advancement as the Holy Grail, consumers will develop immunity to retailer communication....

I think Lenati's description and qualifications are spot on. After all, if we're trying to make an online purchase the extra landing page drives a wedge into the preference for "effortless simplicity" and we prefer to close the deal somewhere else, now and in the future.

On the other hand...

Michaels has an education program that is broad and free. Adding the Creativebug's online videos is a way for consumers to experiment with an alternative resource for learning. I think this bonds Michaels and its customers even more.

At first I thought the month free trial followed by a fee...

I hope that the new L.L. Bean stores will have a positive impact on the company's image and revenue. It will bring me personal comfort to know that in-person customer service and satisfaction can still influence sales. The prospect of enjoying L.L. Bean in person will motivate shoppers to...

While the NRF and RILA are trying to have an even playing field across all online and off-line retailers, Congress is not always aligned with that goal. Supporting the Marketplace Fairness Act doesn't have the optics sought by conservative economic evangelists. Even the name that includes the word "fairness"...

As soon as I read that Aldi offered "two weekly runs to the store" a red flag went up. The logistics for a large campus with thousands of students could be a huge barrier, not to mention insurance costs (on small or large campuses) etc.

Students without cars surely have...

I think of Las Vegas and how it has become a family destination while it once was for gamblers only. With the tourist traffic of Florida this new mall can be an added incentive for families to visit and stay in Florida. For residents it adds events and entertainment....

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