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J. Peter Deeb

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

Purchases with a small number of items are still the best opportunity for retailers but until technology that allows scan and bag, scans for switched tags, recommends up-sells or compatible items, etc. arrives, there is still a need for human interaction. The complexities are even more apparent in grocery...

How can one dispute the health of Amazon? They are well-funded to support their broad spectrum of products and are disrupting the retail business in both growth segments (electronics and programming) as well as finding innovative ways to take business in established categories like grocery. Amazon is to this...

The food safety issue alone makes this a good idea for Costco. The recent troubles that Chipotle has suffered make controlling your supply chain a big concern for retailers. What better way than to control an SKU that is extremely important to your image as well as your bottom...

Macy's has many challenges but the two largest are demographics and service. The traditional Macy's shopper is moving on to other more contemporary retailers, online shopping or they are retiring with less need for Macy's offerings. The service issue is a downward spiral. Less sales means less help which...

Harris Teeter will need to expand this test to accurately gauge the effect on all of the business. Some cannibalization of order/pickup can be expected but the real data will come from the impact on the conventional shoppers. I have no doubt that there is a market for delivery....

Yes, I believe that all retail tobacco products will eventually be sold in specialty stores and that Costco will get out of this business. Declining sales are the driver that will speed up the decision. Costco can not only drive more sales but do so more efficiently as they...

Any store issues or closures will have a negative effect on consumers and business. Unfortunately what Chipotle needs is some time under the radar and unless they stringently enforce their cleaning schedules and they do not allow sick employees to work the problems will not go away.

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Deflationary food prices do have some upsides for retailers. Marketing of more upscale products, particularly in store brands, can have a very positive effect on sales and bring new users to a very profitable segment of the business. Promoting better cuts of meat can raise register rings at a...

All the relevant points have been made already. However, it does remain to be seen whether this move will attract more shoppers. I am not sure the use of cash only has kept many shoppers from frequenting Aldi's stores. Better selection and quality is what the next step should...

This will be a long haul for Walmart. I am not sure their senior and regional management know how to train. The first step should be to hire and develop a training staff or hire a respected retail training consultant to analyze the current conditions, recommend a plan and...

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