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Roger Saunders

Global Managing Director
Prosper Business Development

Only a couple of Labor Department bureaucrats, who have never had a real job, and have securely raised their own benefits, could have devised this plan. It will, of course, raise the income of a number of associates. However it will have a negative impact on employment opportunities overall,...

It depends upon the category of merchandise, acceptable alternatives and the consumer segment the brands intend to reach, in addition to about a dozen other influencing factors that are registering with the unconscious as well as the conscious mind of the consumer. The later items flow along the line...

We're talking about money here — the consumer's money.

Just as the shift from cash to checks to credit to debit did not happen overnight, so too will be the case with digital pay.

At times the media and tech industry become so excited about their latest and greatest, they fail to...

Just because an elected official from the highest office in the land purposely and foolishly used a denigrating racial term of the past on radio, there is little need for a national retailer to make use of Confederate flag merchandise within their stores.

Freedom of speech is important within a...

Traditional grocers have multiple advantages over Amazon, but that won't last indefinitely.

One is inertia. A good number of consumers still enjoy going to the bazaar. It is a multiple time per-week experience in which they can comfortably spend coinage on the things they feel they need for life nourishment.

Two...

If a category is not important to a merchant, it will not receive the resources of people, financing, marketing/promotion, or strategic focus. That will throw it in the "red-headed stepchild bin." (Is that politically correct?)

In the process the customer, who wishes to be associated with a winning platform, will...

Each independent public or independent retailer should be positioned to decide what to pay in their local marketplace, using the State or Federal minimum floor. Paying people more has to be followed by other operational steps that can strengthen the store in the consumer's mind.

Great ideas don't come strictly...

IKEA will grow their business as they continue to roll out stores, and add to their localization points. The reasons behind the run to success, based on the Prosper Monthly Consumer Surveys, follow leading factors of price, selection, and quality in the minds of 6,000+ adults, 18+.

Among IKEA's core...

A win-win-win on this strategic move.

The consumer who shops Target and also uses CVS for prescription drugs will be pleased. Based on the May, 2015 Prosper Monthly Consumer Survey, 22.5 percent of Target shoppers currently state they frequent CVS most often for prescription drugs. The consumer saves time and...

Ongoing training and development has to start at the top of the organization and department. Buy-in from those executives that training is an important part of motivating, building and supporting associates is essential.

In larger organizations, have a "go-to" training manager within the HR department (HR bridges all departments). In...

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