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When I think of 3-D printed food I see an edible item filled with chemicals and stabilizers, not nutrients, and not something I want to put into my body. One could argue that many of today's processed foods are already filled with these ingredients, but I'd rather take my...

Dotless QR codes may allow the executive at Alibaba to claim that they are combating counterfeiters, but I can't see many consumers taking the time to check an order once it is received and then taking more time to return the order to the same counterfeiter if it's fake....

Savvy shoppers have know for years that outlets don't consistently offer the lowest prices, yet mainstream shoppers don't seem to care. Part of the reason may be the treasure hunt nature of outlets. One never knows what might be for sale. Retailers recognize this and have priced their goods...

Each generation influences the other. Does it really matter which has the most influence? Single adults have purchase habits which change as children enter their lives, which continue to evolve as children grow older and then leave home. Unless a retailer designs to target a specific demographic group it...

Hopefully the RFID technology will reduce Target out-of-stocks, but it can't help if Target didn't order enough inventory to begin with. Target frequently does not order enough inventory to cover items featured in its circulars, causing early out-of-stocks. As Target ramps up its BOPIS efforts inventory management will become...

Digital can be an equalizer when small merchants carry the same products as large merchants and offer them at competitive prices. But having a website is no longer good enough, sites need to be optimized for mobile devices. And retailers need to pay attention to digital basics: site search...

Some consumers might visit a store to have the cost of their parking covered, but many will not accept a barrage of ads pouring out of their smartphones. And how will this work for on-street parking?

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As the article states, shoppers are frustrated with retailers' mobile websites. Does Google intend to fix that with click-to-buy? I don't see how they will accomplish that goal. They may make it easier to buy, but Google cannot guarantee a satisfactory customer experience like the one offered by Amazon.

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Although Target says that 20 percent of its sales are from grocery, the company has yet to make its food department a consumer destination. To become a destination, Target needs to offer foods that consumers want, keep the items in stock and competitively price them, something the company has...

Not every consumer has a smartphone and many retailers have not optimized their sites and ads for mobile devices. For many, it's easier and more convenient to read a printed circular than to discern an image on a small screen. Printed circulars are not going away for a while.

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