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Robert DiPietro

GVP Product Strategy & Business Development
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Target's smaller footprint will be useful where rent or shopper traffic can't support a full-size store. If they merchandise the store wisely there is a good chance that it would generate more sales and margin per-square-foot.

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It's not fast checkout that is hurting impulse sales but self-checkout. You can have a sense of a fast checkout as a consumer even if your a second in line, and fill that time browsing what is on display, whether it's candy or the latest gel pen. On the...

Stores could augment the shopping experience by providing customers with a scanning device. It could not only help with the transaction components (e.g., locate inventory in the store or surrounding stores, or buy and ship home as well as checking out) but the big help could be providing content...

You are starting to see many traditional retailers offer a subscription service for certain items. Nothing better than recurring revenue streams.

There is definitely a brick-and-mortar opportunity for subscription services. In the beauty category, it will be helpful for the consumer to touch and feel some of the product line,...

I think the registry is a good idea, especially if they order in the home store and pick up in the store near the college they are attending. Ive seen this concept at Bed Bath & Beyond, and it makes perfect sense. What's a hidden gem is the subscription...

I think this fits well with the brand image. Hip and cool and "look ma, no wires!" I've never seen the correlation between time in the shop vs. spend but can only imagine it is better the longer someone is in the store. My kitchen research, though, points in...

RadioShack's "Fix It Here" is a good way to balance higher margin service SKUs with low to no margin CE SKUs. You not only need the ability to service what you sell in CE, but you need the ability to show the customer how the devices work together. That...

WEGMANS! How are they not on the list? Great fresh and prepared foods. My local one also has beer/wine/alcohol. Always has baggers, and the employees are very friendly.

Market Basket/Demoulas is number 2. Both of these are regional. MB is a local family-owned chain. GREAT job with one bagger per...

I think this is a great idea! One, it will likely increase trips per week to the store and/or gym; two, healthy focused customers are more likely to purchase healthy produce and other organic foods which may be higher margin.

The concept isn't new; many retailers offer free "classes" or...

BAM should absolutely exploit this opportunity. They have something a competitor does not - it is job one to let the consumer know it. They should be doing more to fill the void!

If they succeed in taking share and the overall sales volume doesn't decline significantly, Hachette will have...

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