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Robert DiPietro

GVP Product Strategy & Business Development
Affinion Group

Multichannel consumers are changing the meaning of Black Friday. It's longer necessary to go out at 4 am and fight the crazies to get the best deals when you can monitor and buy online.

The other trend is the retailers are extending the deals before Black Friday and "draining the...

Price has been and will continue to be just a lever to pull in a retailer's arsenal of ways to drive sales and traffic. With dynamic pricing and manufacturing entering the channel directly price will become less effective of a lever to pull. Additional transparency on price will only...

At retail with the mass hiring efforts it may be more efficient to let HR do all the hiring or at least the majority of the screening. It also isn't realistic to think that retail managers are as adept at screening and hiring as are HR professionals. I'd rather...

Stopping the "me toos" is probably the best way to perk up private label. Don't just copy what is already in the market, create a product that's better or fits a niche for your customer. The big guys are focused on mass appeal.

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It's not about Black Friday, it's about sales for the holiday. Whether it's one day, five days or the month of November. It is better logistically to spread the sales over a number of days and easier for the consumer. In the end it will be about if Walmart...

Lower gas prices coupled with lower unemployment equals a boost in holiday sales. The price at the pump has a huge psychological effect...just listen to how many times someone wants to know "did you see the price of gas?"

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I think the next factor to drive growth in the organics category is mass appeal and Walmart just did that. Not only the mass appeal but offering at a value to consumers. Consumers buy with their heart as much as their head and if they THINK organic is better...

I'm not a fan of either, but if I have to choose, then Best Buy does better job connecting. RadioShack, do you really think you are on target with Weird Al?

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Amazon has the luxury of not having the rent, labor, etc., of running physical stores, but Walmart has buying power. Walmart has positioned itself as the low-price leader and part of that position should be an online price-match guarantee. Walmart has won the consumer on price and will continue...

Consumers will decide which payment system they want to use, not the retailers and not Apple. Any action retailers or other payment systems take must be in the best interest of the consumers as they will ultimately decide who wins.

We are so early in the adoption that choice is...

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