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Ryan Mathews

Founder, ceo
Black Monk Consulting

Seems a bit like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

I've seen this before up close and personal, except that time it was Gen Y, Gen X and Boomers that were the problem.

One of these days people are going to figure the two important rules of foodservice marketing:

Rule 1:...

I think the answer to the first question is an obvious yes.

As to the second, only time will tell. The devil is in the details, especially those details centering on security.

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The key word here is potential. Yes, the potential exists for a flood of cinéma vérité work that will bear the soul of 21st century humanity.

My bet?

We'll see lots of videos of those meals disappearing in fast-forward time.

I'm really not sure I see any particular benefit for retailers per...

The best test of skills is in situ. Asking people if they are up for a challenge isn't the same thing as seeing if they are actually equal to a task.

As for the biggest challenge, I would say that organizational resistance to change always exceeds individual capacity to change,...

Price is not, or at least should not be, the key to building the Whole Foods brand.

Of course the Whole Paycheck image isn't helpful, but the more Whole Foods gets caught in the whole brand trap, the more it moves away from its core brand promise.

Time for somebody at...

Not necessarily.

For one thing, there is some question about whether even the current emasculated version of the FTC would sit by while one retailer took over that much share of a category.

But, on a more practical level, this appears to be a category undergoing a fundamental shift in demand...

I think America is a nation erroneously besotted by the notion of celebrity which is, after all, the product of a system rather than an actual representation of individual skills.

And, let it be said, that the idea of celebrating false celebrity is not age dependent. Plenty of older CEOs...

NO!!!

Ah, sorry ... No, I don't think that would be a good idea at this time.

Walmart needs to find some way of bolstering its U.S. business, and acquisition, while a relatively fast way of growing potential share, may not be a good idea until the rest of the house...

I guess on one level it does, but that progress is mitigated by concerns about homeland security and the much anticipated FAA regulations which—at best—will probably severely limit the use of private drones, if not ban them altogether.

Current media reports of drones interfering with aircrafts, terrorizing the citizenry, etc.,...

The answer is, of course, contingent on the efficacy of the execution.

If Amazon does it well it will leapfrog them ahead of both their physical and online competitors, reduce cost and broaden customer service.

If they do it poorly, costs will increases there will be frequent service interruptions and sales...

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