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Ryan Mathews

Founder, ceo
Black Monk Consulting

First of all, back when Chucks were all we poor kids could wear, they weren't all that iconic. They've only become retrospectively iconic.

In fact, they fell by the wayside almost as soon as the harmonic convergence of Boomers having money, Nike inventing the performance sport shoe category and America's...

A decade ago takes us all the way back to 2004, at which point the handwriting was painfully, and indelibly, inked all over the Not-So-Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company wall.

Management was surely the author of those commercial charnel house musings, but in more subtle ways than the fact...

Make sense from which perspective?

On paper, from Walmart's perspective, the move MIGHT make SOME sense.

From the customers' perspective the move is silly. Walmart's U.S. customers want cheap Tide — not a (shudder) European Tide substitute they've never heard of.

I'm sure Henkel is happy to gain such a large U.S....

There are probably a number of reasons ranging from security concerns and a desire to better control information to operating cost and the need to provide better customer service. It also frees them from being at the mercy of a competitor (as was the case with Amazon) or a...

To some degree of course they will, especially among early adopters. Naturally it all depends on how you define "accelerate."

I think the Open House concept works best — at least at this point — as a store within a store. Worst case it will attract the curious who might...

Well, it's an interesting way for Amazon to learn the perils of direct delivery and it will clearly build media buzz and generate some additional customer interest — assuming the test extends beyond one or two markets.

Eventually the special perks/rewards gimmicks won't be necessary as a critical mass of...

What does it mean when any PE or VC firm stages a "liquidity event"? Oh yes, they get richer and the firm gets restructured, "right-sized" and generally loses money, share and employees.

Let's look at the logic here. The company is reporting poorer-than-desired operating results so the answer is, sell...

This has been a question in my world for the last 20 years or so, (before smart appliance nomenclature was replaced by the IoT branding), and so far I haven't heard a good answer.

For one thing, retailers aren't technologists and most technologists aren't retailers. For another, it depends on...

If — and I'll defer to the RetailWire searchistas here — a consumer enters MTM and is taken to pages of watches not made by MTM then clearly some customers could be confused.

However, if the watches that appear clearly indicate the manufacturer, then there seems to be no attempt...

Approve! Nothing like walking your brand talk!

As to pulling out of the Chamber I don't think anyone but the media and the Chamber will notice, which is another way of saying there won't be any negative impact.

As to the last question ... um ... let's see ... how many...

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