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Martin Mehalchin

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Lenati, LLC

With their scale and scope, Starbucks has many different consumers that they have historically been serving from the same couple of formats. Both of these new formats serve real segments and although at opposite ends of the spectrum, they both seem to be a fit for the Starbucks brand.

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Whole Foods' decentralized model is great at creating locally relevant in-store experiences, but I do think it's left opportunities for brand building on the table. It sounds like this national brand effort is designed to address that gap and the 365 line as well as their transparency programs (two...

Agree with the panel that this is brilliant. It may well be an example of looking to other industries to inspire innovation, as Ask Zappos resembles a similar service pioneered by Progressive Insurance.

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Social should be a well managed customer service channel, but it can also serve many other purposes such as pre-sales and assisted online shopping. The leading social media management tools have evolved now to the point where any brand or retailer can effectively triage and manage social listening and...

Designing loyalty programs has become a high-risk endeavor for many brands. Forester's 2013 Loyalty Report illustrated that less than half of customers choose to join offered programs, and of those that join, only 16% are actively engaged so as a broad statement on the appeal of loyalty programs in...

Consumers will take this in stride and for some it will give them a reason to check back in to their Coach stores. Dedicated bargain hunters were already finding marked down Coach product at the channels mentioned in the article.

For a brand retailer with both full-line stores and outlets...

I love this and think it should have a halo effect on their brand and customer loyalty as well. Parent company Amazon might even adopt this for certain of its own job categories and it seems like a great fit for mainstream retailers like Target, Macy's, Sephora, etc.

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I've seen consortia like the one proposed here tried in other industries and I have never seen one work. Too many competing agendas among the stakeholders bog down decision making. The customer experience ends up being designed by committee with the result hitting the lowest common denominator.

There could be...

I've been particularly puzzled by the backlash against wi-fi or Beacon based tracking, since shoppers have been recorded on video at most stores for years. Retailers clearly have not done a good job of explaining the benefits of these programs and the truly limited amount of personal information that...

This seems like a problem that makes a great opportunity for some entrepreneur to solve and build a business around. Makes me wish I had a background in materials science.

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