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Oh stop! Please. This whole thing about the store being "a weight around their neck" is getting old. All this about more tech in stores will solve the problems is killin' me. STOP!

Many of the BrainTrust wizards and good retailers know that the big issues in their stores today...

Grocery is the killer. As the food stores downsize their stores and upsize their fuel distribution sites, the C-store becomes more and more threatened. Why? C-stores have an old image to kill. On average, dirty places, way over-priced, main reason to stop is gas, pop, coffee or Powerball tickets....

The approach is headed the right direction. With select retailers, I have always leveraged their private shopping operations. It helps to have someone who knows how to make you look better than you are—wait—is that an self-insult? Back to topic, The Apartment maps in very well with lifting the...

Too easy. Many Millennials never want to leave their past, and in fact it is with them in the way that they live. Many live at home, many are much closer friends with their parents then past generations, and more. This, in a way, extends yesterday.

Next, the...

Best advice is from Phil Rosenthal, Chicago Sun Times: "Food, like fashion, tends to cycle, recycle, combine, strip down and occasionally throw something entirely new into the mix. You've barely heard of kale and quinoa and, all at once it seems, they're everywhere. Sriracha is a hot sauce and...

Yo! Glad someone agrees with my radical beliefs. "Natural" has always been marketing spin. It is a joke and should be banned. The 60 percent metric is just a tap into how easily shoppers—of all ages—can be swayed. It reveals in a scary way how deep in the mind...

For all large retailers the past six months have been tough. There are exceptions, but as operations like The Container Store and others reported these have been a tough six months. Kip Tindell, CEO at The Container Store, has also seen lower store traffic. He states that The Container...

Selling pot at a Rite Aid is a ways off. Why? You are dealing with a substance that is illegal in many states and legal in a few. Dealing with controlling that substance is a lot of work. The other end of this is knowing the sources for the...

Facebook. Too far? Not in their minds. In Facebook users' minds? I estimate that a majority of them are not even aware of this psych experiment that was run on them. The average Facebooker is too obsessed taking selfies and sharing more and more of their personal life on...

Higher food prices will impact all food joints. So there is no reason to go out and spend more at Red Lobster and use overpriced gas in the car to get there.

Grocer's have dealt with this before and as food prices crank one thing a grocer could do is...

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