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Ryan Mathews

Founder, ceo
Black Monk Consulting

Buying a terminal patient a little time isn't the same thing as a cure.

Sears has been so mismanaged that, at this point, the prognosis just isn't good.

Selling off everything anybody might want leaves you with the parts that don't work and/or have no commercial value.

Unless there is a really...

The answer to the first question is no based on the choice of the word "drastic."

The answer to the second question is a modified yes—it would appeal to a segment of American consumers.

But, the premise is flawed. This isn't a new idea.

Those of us old enough to remember Dave...

I'd probably defer to Walmart here.

I guess if you have a weather-based strategy it is literally mission critical to make sure your forecasting methodology is as accurate as possible. Of course, if you could do that, you could get out of retail altogether and create a media monopoly since...

It all depends on how much force you put behind the word acceleration. In a general sense, the answer is probably yes, but that doesn't mean we are going to see tens of thousands of new direct-to-consumer stores opening soon.

Obviously food is a tough category for a store unless...

I believe Charney will continue playing the role he seems to be best at—"The Spoiler" with a an over-generous serving of "The Trickster" sprinkled on for good measure.

The answer to the second question is an emphatic no, although at this rate the question may soon well be moot.

Irrationality is...

There are bodies and then there are bodies. Just adding warm bodies won't necessarily solve the problem and—if all they are is warm—it may actually make things worse.

One assume organizations as sophisticated as FedEx and UPS have all the right "on paper" systems in place to screen and onboard...

Tough to say.

PayPal has already extended beyond eBay, so the question is how much freer will they be or did they need to be?

For eBay, I guess they lose nothing (but control). Whether they actually gain anything remains to be seen.

...

In some cases yes, but the more pertinent question is where does it stop?

Do, for example, supply chains extend all the way back to raw material producers? Of course, so, does a retailer in Topeka need to monitor commodity market conditions in Africa before they can effectively sell coffee?...

It's hardly a new concept. Here in the Detroit area we have even had drive-through liquor stores for years, although that concept never did make all that much sense to me.

So, given the right demographics and the right operator, drive-through does make some sense. But, it's probably not going...

As always, we'll have to see what they REALLY do with the space. If, in the end, it's just another store front—good luck.

As to the second question I think the answer is no. Feels a little more desperate than that to me. If the stores were really, truly innovative...

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