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J. Peter Deeb

Managing Partner
Deeb MacDonald & Associates, L.L.C.

I totally agree that loyalty has declined on branded products and that the increase in acceptance of store brand items by consumers who are stretching their budgets is a major factor in the decline. Store brands declining is, in my mind, a temporary issue and one that is impacted...

These latest demands will cause the largest manufacturers to look again at how they are doing business. Years ago all vendors went through the net cost process of doing business with Walmart and were called on the carpet by other retailers to insure a level playing field. I went...

A conventional grocer must find the right strategy and tactics they want to use in the marketplace in which they compete before they can decide on the right balance of brands and store brands. Wegmans has obviously figured theirs out and is executing very well.

Competitors to Wegmans must take...

I think these moves (other than the wage increase) are superficial and will not do much to improve morale. Most of the time employees can't even hear the music if they are doing their jobs and helping customers, answering questions, checking people out, etc. Can anyone tell the difference...

I am sure there are many workers who see retail as a stepping stone to other industries and businesses. The fact that paying for higher education is making a comeback (see Starbucks and Wegmans) makes working in retail a definite avenue to other careers. This is good for the...

Pricing and promotion as tactics in the grocery channel only work if customer count and related purchases increase as a result. This is very difficult in today's environment with the wide assortment of competitive formats and a pricing monster in the space. Ahold must combine the latest approach with...

I believe it will still be some time before mobile ads become the primary method to reach shoppers. There is no doubt that combined with digital media the impact is more powerful than flyers and newspaper ads. Having said that, I still get ads twice per week in the...

The only benefits I see in this merger would be in the efficiency of backroom operations (Accounting, HR, etc.) and some purchasing savings as the companies consolidate. The larger issue is how does the new company approach the consumer to avoid making the new company a bland, efficiency-driven face...

This is a big deal NOW and if the weather patterns in the West continue this will not only affect local businesses tied to recreation but eventually the ability to raise and ship produce to the rest of the U.S. California-grown produce cannot be replaced in other areas of...

If the Visa benefits to the consumer are equal to or better than the Amex program there will be some advantage to Costco just based on the higher number of Visa cards that are held. Costco's history suggests that they will put their customers first so this move has...

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