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Robert DiPietro

SVP Energy Services and New Ventures
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This is a terrific tie in of a retailer with a content provider. It also provides great value for the Starbucks reward program. I think this is the best extension I've seen yet — far better than Dunkin' Brands and retailers like Best Buy or Dick's Sporting Goods.

It's also a...

Video can enhance the shopping experience and give the consumer more of a "feel" for the product. It is also better than the traditional feature/benefit, heavy copy of the classic website. For online video to be a seamless part of the shopping experience, it should be brief and augment...

Not surprised at all. It is a retailer buyer—give us lower pricing AND fund promotional activity.

It isn't an unfair advantage, but one that is earned on volume. Manufacturers could create derivative products for Walmart, then there wouldn't be a price match situation.

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I'm not a fan of calling out your competitor, nor do I think this will help sales. What I do appreciate is the inclusion effort by Lane Bryant and hopefully helping today's youth define beauty more broadly.

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The only positive reason I can think of for keeping cash registers is the ability to queue up customers and sell them high-margin impulse items while they wait.

The register and cash wraps are going away and the benefit of redeploying that labor cost will generate sales gains for the...

This is a great benefit and should not only help the kids/adults taking advantage of it, but will definitely help Starbucks.

Last time I checked, the cost of college is more than the $1/hr raises being given out—that's equates to about $1,200/yr vs a college course at $3k per course.

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It is a win for Walmart to strengthen the price position and will likely hurt the suppliers who will have to make good with some of the other distribution partners with cost concessions. The price lever is only a good one to pull when you are the leader from...

I don't think this will help public perception at all. It is a non-event and will be viewed as a me-too move by McDonald's. The issue with McDonald's continues to be with the menu they serve not the wage they pay. The increase of wage will just eat into...

Absolutely! Amazons' reputation will drive trial of the service. Service is a huge opportunity for retailers and some retailers have been doing it for a while—Geek Squad, Staples EasyTech and Sears.

The difficult part is managing of the network of service providers and how to continue a high level of...

This will not play a significant role in the turnaround, but may be a looked back upon as a turning point. Listening to the customer and giving them what they want is always a good start to righting the ship.

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