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J. Peter Deeb

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

The biggest challenge facing Mr. Foran is how to revitalize the shopping experience at Walmart. Cleaning up the clutter in the stores may not have been the best idea that Walmart had, as their transaction amounts and same-store sales have suffered due mainly, in my opinion, to less impulse...

This is a slam dunk for CVS, IF they utilize the power of the name in the right way. This means mining data, transferring the learning to other markets and potentially expanding the name and the concept to new and existing outlets. Not always easy to do when you...

This map-app will appeal to the younger shoppers who are already utilizing their mobile devices. Over time, in-store technology will play a greater role in shopping habits and purchase decisions. The ability to find products, get offers and earn points in a very seamless manner will, in my opinion,...

Dairy has long been a stronghold for retailers in their own brands. Lack of really strong national and in some cases regional brands have given retailers the ability to make inroads over the years. Many dairy products are regulated by states and consumers believe that branded dairy is no different than...

Supply chain is absolutely a top priority for retailers. The effect on Walmart of out-of-stocks is a clear example of them prioritizing their battle with Amazon and ignoring the clear signals coming from their stores. Supply chain includes the execution at retail, and when you reduce emphasis there it...

This could be a double-edged sword for retailers! On the positive side, this offers transparency to consumers and allows them to shop variety and price. Consumers will like this and it can prove to be an advantage to the retailers who post these unit prices. On the other hand...

Any time a person drives 11 hours out of 14 for 5 consecutive days, there is bound to be fatigue! I drive the I-95 corridor frequently from Virginia to New York and can attest to seeing many incidents of reckless driving and what appears to be driver fatigue. I...

It has to be a combination of both, although pay structure is VERY important in the retail world. People working in retail positions are always searching for a better paid position and Costco must have many applicants for their opening when they occur. Once in the job, the benefits...

No surprises in the survey after Trader Joe's, as most of the rest have large National or Regional footprints. IMHO, the best retailer to shop is Wegmans. Overall, they have the best variety of items, very good meat and produce, outstanding specialty departments (e.g. cheese), etc. They have courteous,...

Publix is on to something that speaks to efficiency of operations. A smaller format store makes a lot of sense in areas with surging populations like you get in college towns and beach areas. The fresh items and grocery basics are just what these shoppers are looking for, and...

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