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Ralph Jacobson

Global Consumer Products Industry Marketing Executive
IBM

This will definitely happen, and very quickly. I predict the 3-D printing market in general will accelerate as soon as the key "Ah-ha!" product is developed. Once that consumer adoption takes place, food is surely soon to follow. There are literally unlimited opportunities for 3-D food.

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This is definitely a great incentive for consumers and retailers. I can also see CPG brands getting more into the game, partnering with retailers. These offers can target shoppers to extend their stay in the mall, even if they didn't plan on shopping those promoted stores. Maybe. We'll see.

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"Why do you think printed circulars continue to be widely used?" Because there are still a ton of us Baby Boomers alive! Until we're all gone, printed ads will still have some effect on the shopping experience. However, I can tell you that those Millennials are now growing up...

"Retailers suffer the high cost of overstocks and out-of-stocks." First off, is this really news? I know I dealt with it on a daily basis when I ran stores in the '80s. Also, CPG brands suffer along with retailers. Let's not forget these critical business partners. Personally I still...

Inventory. Inventory. Inventory. Replenishment, promotions, markdown. That is what drives real growth. Optimize those and you're far down the line. Sure there are literally dozens of other areas once we drill down to the elements of the merchandising processes, however if replenishment is optimized so overstock and out-of-stocks at...

Having sat on board meetings with independent retailers, and also on meetings with owners and their personal financial advisors, I can tell you this is a real problem for more families than not. This runs the spectrum of "I want $X for myself and $Y for each of my...

Having worked in both the retail and CPG industries since the '70s, I can actually see both sides of this somewhat taboo subject. I do like that we are talking about it today. It is a challenge to deal with. Working in the grocery biz for some twenty years,...

There is no question that Agribusiness/CPG brands and other supply chain "ecosystem" partners will and are already feeling the pinch from the drought. Costs are rising, waste is increasing due to poorer quality crops and those costs are moving into the retailers' Cost of Goods Sold (COGS). There are...

Convenience will always trump more involved means of acquiring goods of any type, food or otherwise. Although the grocery business has had options for delivery dating back to at least 1989, obviously many organizations have come and gone during this time period. However as the world, not just the...

In a word, yes. Shoppers will continue to enjoy visiting brick-and-mortar stores forever, in my humble opinion. There is already a groundswell of revolt against technology in mature markets around the globe and I feel that will only help the drive to physical stores. In the mean time, e-commerce...

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