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This is a win for Starbucks and a potentially huge boost for the New York Times. Starbucks is making its app and rewards program more relevant, while the Times gains readers and potential new subscribers. Starbucks is all about lifestyle. By bringing Spotify, the Times and Lyft into its...

Same-day delivery is not cheap. Unless enough customers opt for it, the costs are not worth the benefit. To its benefit, eBay realized that same-day delivery is not important to enough of its customers to warrant continuation of the service. Other companies, notably Amazon, feel differently. Since this service...

Walmart should do what's best for its bottom line and if that means discontinuing some 24-hour openings, so be it. Some shoppers will be inconvenienced and there will be complaints, but this should not be a large factor in the company's decision.

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A survey of 400 shoppers does not represent consumers as a whole. I agree that mobile apps can help consumers while offering additional items for purchase, but if retailers get too aggressive in suggesting additional purchases they will turn off consumers. If retailers want to build loyalty their apps...

Jet is an online version of Costco — make money on membership and keep margins low. Mr. Lore successfully built Quidsi, a service that was so challenging to Amazon that Bezos and Co. acquired the company, so I would not bet against him. As long as his investors keep opening...

Crowdfunding could be a tool to launch a product and project initial inventory needs. It is a gauge of initial consumer interest, allowing manufacturers to take initial steps to launch products. And it could work for companies large and small. Brands no longer need to plan and budget for...

While I salute Zappos for their efforts to engage employees, I still believe that a living wage is necessary for all employees. That said, Ms. Foley make many salient points; points which retailers should heed. Engaging employees can benefit retailers in many ways: higher morale, lower shrink, better customer...

It's not surprising that Facebook is adding e-commerce capabilities. It's long overdue. Click to buy should have been a focus of the company years ago.

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Look at the wonderful things a real estate guy has done for Sears.

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One result of the Great Recession is that consumers lost their affinity for brands, unless those products were significantly better than private label. Many consumers are still in an economic pinch, or don't see much difference between brands and private label products, so Aldi is perfect. Like Trader Joe's,...

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