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Robert DiPietro

GVP Product Strategy & Business Development
Affinion Group

The last mile...that has always been the delivery challenge. I don't that changes for Uber either, and this test will not be feasible.

Companies that offer free shipping usually make money on the products they sell, not on delivering them—so for a third party to do it doesn't make sense....

I don't see this as a way to reduce healthcare costs. The employee still has to do something with the data...work out, eat better, get more sleep—something. At the end of the day, this is a fad, unless it becomes user-based health insurance and those that don't hit goals...

The easy equation is, will the sales/margin increase offset the additional labor and operational expense? The other part is, will extended hours provide any new customer acquisition?

Target needs to ensure the store standards will be on par with normal operating hours during the extended hours.

I don't think it's meaningfully...

A few things on the Dollar General /Family Dollar issue, 1.) antitrust will have some things to say 2.) real estate overlap seems like it is way more than 700 stores if my travel sample is accurate.

Who wins in the bidding war as operations at all three get distracted—Walmart?

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This is crazy. I can't believe that the corporate operations group has them schedule three days before the next week. It should be more around 10 days out. How do they manage labor?

Couple things to do here, one is allow self scheduling to an extent. If it's...

Most shoppers usually react to one big problem and "ban for life" the establishment. In the one big incident it is up to the retailer to try and make lemonade out of lemons and over-deliver on the recovery of the customer for that one incident. Whether it is the...

Customer adoption is driven by a couple things: 1.) Is it easy to use? 2.) Does it fulfill a need for the customer (or the retailer)?

Based on the app approach in Walmart, maybe an app is not top-of-mind the way a separate device in the store would be. No...

The biggest demand drivers today are go local, farm-to-table and environmentally-friendly. I'm not sure they are a threat to grocery stores in the current format, and find it hard to believe that the growth equates to shoppers and significant revenue loss for grocery stores.

Another driver could be nostalgia. I'm...

What a nice tuck-in acquisition (pun intended). I think Nordstrom Direct is heading in the right direction and also making it easier for the male consumer specifically. It is a terrific service to drive additional stickiness with the consumer and leverage across the Nordstrom brand. The savings in labor...

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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