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Zel Bianco

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Interactive Edge

I think this is wonderful. While I hope girls continue to sell cookies in person, as that affords plenty of life skills in itself, the technical skills that can be learned are incredibly valuable now and will continue to become more valuable in the future.

Girl Scouts will still need...

It's a little disappointing to me that Google, of all companies, is resorting to merely copying Amazon's ideas. Regardless of the issues that retailers must overcome to be willing to work with Google (all valid in my mind) it would still be more beneficial if Google, and retailers, found...

It certainly is harder to be a CEO today. Not only is there greater public scrutiny and influence than ever before, there are also constantly changing demands for a large retailer to be successful. Few can manage the huge amount of data that is now available and even fewer...

I understand how this can be a fun app and a way to generate some press about Neiman Marcus but I don't see it being used very often for luxury fashion. Its most practical use would be when a customer sees an item that is almost what they want...

It is hard to judge Twitter in comparison to Groupon and Foursquare, which are already so tightly linked to businesses and specific locations. I can see it offering more incremental sales that Groupon or Foursquare because while people usually turn to their services with a specific item or experience...

My reactions to both this article and the Amazon article are the same: When will we learn the sometimes enough is enough? Just because you can does not mean that you should.

Public concern over both privacy and all-powerful companies (Amazon, Google, Facebook) is growing. Companies need to take a...

Black Friday is absolutely becoming less relevant. Even the news coverage this year seemed to be sick of the whole idea.

With easily accessible lists of where and what the best deals are it has become apparent to most shoppers that Black Friday is only worth it if you are...

It's interesting that this question is talking about the future of storytelling because the first three of these installations instantly made me think of the signage and displays that have been at Stew Leonard's since my (now adult) children were young. I think this is absolutely a good move...

The Gap ad reminds me of the RadioShack ads in that it seems to embrace all of the worst ideas about the brand. While previous Gap holiday ads have been warm and fuzzy and at least endearing if not revolutionary, this one is bland and boring and a little...

I don't see it as a break out year for anything, but I am sure that all of these areas will continue to see the exponential growth that we have seen over the past few years. Mobile influence is not going away—the more retailers embrace it the better.

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