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J. Peter Deeb

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

In-store pickup is the best transition from the tedious task of grocery shopping to the much more complex challenge of order delivery. This will catch on to be the best and most convenient way to shop, particularly for staples. The obstacles to this process are similar to delivery, with...

Category management needs to be redefined to include the consumer insights that many manufacturers and retailers have in their data. This includes finding ways to incorporate digital data into the process. True consumer insights may redefine some shelf setups and merchandising around meal occasions or related item purchases. It...

I believe this is a good idea but similar to Warren's comment there is some responsibility on the retailer's part to insure that problems are minimal. Getting kids to eat more fruit is a good but this has to happen from home. I would also try small bags of...

Companies have responsibilities to their employees as well as their customers and I believe we are too politically correct in our approaches whether by government or businesses. We need to let people have the choice to buy the products they want. The human animal will always make some bad...

I would expect that both companies will put enormous pressure on the people currently operating in the region. Harris Teeter (Kroger) will also be a staunch competitor. Other than deep discounters like Aldi and specialty stores like Trader Joe's the rest of the marketplace is in trouble.

My assumption would...

Larger brands and market leaders can afford to provide the insights on the consumer much more than a medium-sized or regional company. The key is transparency and accuracy. The "category first" idea is not new but both retailers and manufacturers have been known to skew the information toward their...

Not sure what Albertsons is doing other than experimenting to see if the Safeway banner and store selection will work in Florida. Safeway is well known in the Baltimore-Washington area and many Florida residents shopped Safeway in the Mid-Atlantic area before retiring to Florida, particularly the east coast of...

Managing food safety across myriad suppliers, outlets and workers is a monumental task. The protocols and processes for executing the safety must be outlined to all players and harsh internal penalties should be the norm; whether it be discontinuing suppliers, replacing managers and line workers or insuring that management...

Each individual company situation is different unless you are 90 percent down the slide like A&P and J.C. Penney. A new CEO needs to take the time to evaluate the business and the current people running it before making wholesale changes. In the case of Target this was a...

A stronger economy always shakes out businesses that under-perform. In these two examples the Toys "R" Us brand has been declining and slower sales coupled with rising rents has created the situation that led to the closings. I don't believe that there was much that could have been done....

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