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As organizational psychologists we talked about organizational models like this in graduate school back in the '70s. Zappos attached a new name to it which is always a good idea to make it look fresh and new.

Basically it gets down to aligning and integrating all of the organization's energy...

At last the truth comes out. My family gave up on the myth of outlet shopping a long time ago. Personally I've never understood the appeal.

Also in the Consumer Reports study: "Many manufacturers will make items specifically for their outlet stores, designed with fewer finishes or less expensive material...

Another innovation from Oh Canada! I'm so proud. Frankly this is about the only one of these mobile shopping apps that makes sense.

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Personally I'm very tired of the same old products everywhere. It's like a street market in Mexico. The exact same stuff in every stall. I'd like to see a Sprouts meets Trader Joe's meets Walmart strategy for Target. Imagine EVERYTHING in the food aisles actually being good for you,...

We deceive ourselves about the immediacy and convenience of technology-summoned information. But the truth is that picking up a flyer that's lying right there on the counter, seeing a favorite thing on sale and tearing out the coupon, is even more immediate and impactful.

The real key to understanding this...

No one does better analysis than the gang at RSR Research. For me it's a given that when they publish a finding, one pays attention.

It may be due to the technology interests consuming me lately, but I immediately go to the implications of the rather sad state of software...

Remember "In Search of Excellence?" One of the key directives in that ancient text was to "Stick to the Knitting." Whatever happened to that advice? Hard to argue against Amazon's diversification strategy so I guess the real questions is "What exactly are you knitting?"

Amazon doesn't have any ambiguity about...

Nick Scott seems to have the most sane perspective in this discussion. At what point do these strategies, like the subscription strategy, exhaust themselves? The subscription thing is already a tired strategy and yet it's being touted as the "emerging" future. There is so much of it out there...

As a Whole Foods fan, I'm looking forward to see what they come up with. BUT:

"Unlike anything that currently exists in the marketplace" is not a value proposition. Nor is having a "curated selection." You could stack the products upside down and it would be unlike any other food...

Too many times organizations of all sorts feel obliged to play whatever the current game is. We all had to have Vision Statements so we went through the obligatory vision workshop or, to save money, we had someone in HR do it. Ninety-nine percent totally meaningless, but we played....

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