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Robert DiPietro

GVP Product Strategy & Business Development
Affinion Group

On the surface it seems like a great idea. But below the surface questions arise—why is Apple holding out, how safe is the technology, how reliable will it be, how long for a full charge?

Fodder for the press for now.

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The biggest issue with Target's grocery business is that customers aren't going there for primarily food shopping. Just look at the carriages at the checkout. Not one is full of groceries. It is a fill-in trip at best. The assortment is limited and the pricing high.

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I'm not sure I would classify Trader's Joe's as natural but from a competitive standpoint Earth Fare is more of a competitor to Whole Foods. Both Trader Joe's and Whole Foods have a great position but no retailer is safe if they don't evolve. Whole Foods is probably mostly...

It is all about excellent inventory management and retail execution. RFID won't help the issue of someone in-store buying the last one while someone online reserves it for pickup in store. This is more the exception than the rule. The real issue is inventory integrity and by far this...

Common mistakes are around one-size-fits-all thinking. Due to geographic or demographic reasons, some stores may only need 4 feet of a specific category while other may need 16 feet. Using today's technology, it is easy to configure your planograms for optimal performance.

Don't let the buyer/merchandiser have the only say....

The time is right to remodel the stores! I'm assuming they need to update the layout and possibly the fixtures to display the new watch appropriately. It will be interesting to see if it has a jewelry store feel to it or whether they immerse it and display it...

I wonder how Amazon's price algorithm works in conjunction with need of immediate delivery—are these prices higher? It is well documented that Amazon makes millions of price changes daily and I am curious as to whether the need for instant delivery allows for a higher price to be charged.

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Some retailers are using them to assist shoppers, at least at my local Lowe's home improvement store. It works well for them as the amount of rich content was very helpful in the sales process, at least in my case. The are also in Apple stores.

My hunch is that...

It is purely a case of jumping on the trend bandwagon. I think the sponsorship is inline with their customer—it's a non-timed race so more of a social scene than an athletic event. They are not serving the hardcore runner but someone who wants to be healthy and may...

I think the future is more of the same for television viewing with only mostly large screens being sold for family viewing and secondary screens for personal viewing.

I think the future also brings a change in adverstising and the ability to customize the message to the individual on that...

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