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J. Peter Deeb

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

All one has to do is look at the manufacturing community to see the potential in robots. The sophistication will continue to develop and like all technology costs will come down. Will it happen in the next decade? Absolutely, but due to cost and human constraints, maybe slower than...

I do believe conditions are right for retail acquisitions. Interest rates are very low, the economy is more robust and if gas prices stay low, consumers will have more spending power.

The ability of a retailer to benefit is an individual situation. Many times the people who made the...

McDonald's challenges are many: Better food offerings by competitors, little appeal to a healthier consumer, prices that are not the bargain they used to be, less quality control over franchises, etc. The life cycle of the current iteration is slowly dying and unless new leadership steps in and finds...

This is a BIG transition both culturally and from a management perspective for Haggen. The first hurdle will be getting stores that were typically understaffed and task-oriented to a customer-friendly service-first approach to the business. The next will be finding the right management team to make such a transition....

Any type of promotion is better than margin-killers in the long run. Retailers today have to be multi-dimensional in how they reach consumers. The demographics, not only of your current customer base but your desired customer base, have to be put into the mix. We should see more targeted...

I do see these type of gifts increasing, particularly if the economy continues to expand. Retailers are already selling many dining cards as gifts but need to market the fact. Additionally there is a potential hotel night and/or resort market out there to be tapped. The chain dining establishments...

Many retailers have several hundred employees per store and getting all levels of management to respect all of their workers can be a daunting task. One department head with poor interpersonal skills can disrupt morale across the entire store. The store manager or director has to train his managers...

My favorite app is my Golfshot GPS that has almost unlimited golf courses but better yet gives me yardages to every hazard, lay up distances and green dimensions. I may not play better but I definitely play smarter.

I have not found any go-to-business apps that I cannot live without.

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A CEO needs to be digital tech savvy or have a senior marketing person who is ahead of the curve to guide a retail company into the next 10 years. The speed at which the consumer is moving must be at least matched by a retailer to prosper going...

Toys 'R' Us by a wide margin. They have scored with both boys and girls and have pushed toys that are very popular but will not necessarily be discounted! Old Navy is using mainly price to reach moms, and while the recognition factor of Julia Louis-Dreyfus is big, kids...

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