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China is a difficult market to crack. Alibaba found the formula for success. Amazon did not. So if you can piggy back on a successful competitor, why not?

Alibaba, on the other hand, is having a difficult time cracking the U.S. market. Perhaps cloud computing will be more successful. That...

The article says it all: If employees are valued and rewarded they stay. If not, they go. Too few retailers treat their employees well. Instead they focus on keeping costs low, calculating that employee churn as a cost of doing business. So few retailers promote themselves as employers of...

When McDonald's makes a decision, it reverberates throughout suppliers, since the company has tremendous clout. The decisions to phase out the sale of chickens treated with human antibiotics and milk treated with rBST are positive for the consumers and the company. The questions are why did the company wait...

If the issue first arose in 2013, why does it take a 60 Minutes story in 2015 to get the CEO's attention? Companies need to take compliance seriously. There have been numerous instances of substandard products and ingredients coming from China, as well as allegations of poor working conditions....

E-cigs should be regulated as strictly as regular cigarettes, and their use should be greatly discouraged. Retailers should be held accountable and the government should do everything possible to discourage smoking and make cigarettes as difficult as possible to obtain.

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With sales not growing in stores, Target has decided to focus on digital. That may hold some promise, but the move to omni-channel could be hindered by problems that plague their stores: out-of-stocks and poor selection. How can stores be used for BOPIS if the products are not in-stock...

Without Apple no mobile charging technology will be totally successful. I'm curious why Apple is holding out. Charging without the hassle of cords seems like a logical step in a consumer-friendly world.

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The biggest challenge for the EMV rollout is consumers. Consumers will need to be educated on how to use the new cards. This will slow lines and cause frustration as consumers forget to leave their cards in the machines until transactions are complete and/or forget their pin codes. Retailers...

The biggest issues Target faces in grocery are selection, inventory and pricing. Their selection is too limited, they frequently experience out-of-stocks and their pricing is too high. Plus it's difficult to find assistance when needed. Healthy snacks and gluten-free don't make a grocer or a point of difference. There...

Whole Foods is more vulnerable due to its high prices. I don't think that Earth Fare, Sprouts or others will cut into Trader Joe's sales. With their reliance on private-label items and quirky culture, it will be harder to knock off Trader Joe's.

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