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J. Peter Deeb

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

Target needs to decide what "animal" it is in the food business chain. The current offering is easy to improve on but Target needs to focus group their core shoppers and see what they want in the area of food. I seldom see a cart full of groceries at...

Are we heading down the Vlasic Pickle road again? Walmart will try to squeeze every penny they can out of vendors based on their scale and importance to vendors. The problems for vendors come when they realize they have been squeezed dry and have lost money on items or...

I think prospective employees will see this latest move as a reason to apply at Starbucks. This is a definite competitive advantage (see Wegmans) that motivated individuals will be attracted to as a means to a better career. From the company's perspective this is a way to both attract...

I don't see how a segment that does only a small percentage of the daily volume can play a significant role. McDonald's needs to find a way to increase the appeal of its staple menu and expand it to compete with other fast food establishments. A cooked-to-order burger with...

Yesterday we heard that Target was going to grow its grocery business as a 2015 priority. Today it is omni-channel retailing. Can they do both in the midst of what is a major restructuring? Having lived through several restructurings in my corporate career I know how hard it is...

The need for a superior grocery merchandising and operations group should be the first step to building a much better grocery business. The P-Fresh initiative is a small grocery store trying to compete with larger conventional retailers and Supercenters and to be in the grocery business in a serious...

The reality is that anywhere an Earth Fare or Sprouts and others pop up, they are a threat to take business from almost any conventional or upscale retailer. The demographics have to be right for these more specialized stores to prosper and it may well be that they will...

Compare the employee programs at Walmart with those of Wegmans, Publix or Costco and you will see how difficult this task is of regaining the culture that Sam Walton started with. Money is not the largest part of the work environment that Walmart needs to address to solve their...

If retailers want to keep their current consumers under 40 and the ensuing generations they better get with the technology in-store to combat online shopping and showrooming that threatens to chip away at their business a few percentage points at a time, until they find themselves in a RadioShack...

Costco has partnered with AmEx for many years and both companies have benefited. Unless the replacement card gives Costco a significantly better rate the customers who are loyal to AmEx may offset the gains made by the new arrangement. I personally am disappointed in the switch but will wait...

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