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J. Peter Deeb

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

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...

These findings SHOULD prompt retailers to do a better job of quality control on their own labels. Will consumers translate this lax quality control to wondering what is in the food products that they are eating in a retailer's own brand? That could be disastrous for all concerned, from...

E-mailed receipts are a natural evolution of moving to a more paperless retailing environment. Many consumers have already given their e-mail addresses to retailers in order to receive coupons and notice of sales, etc. The mailing of receipts gives the retailer another communication opportunity to thank and reward customers...

Vision and leadership are the most important attributes for success. Great leadership will provide all of the other attributes listed in the survey. You can have some of the others but without vision and leadership they will not be sustainable. We have all seen companies that slide or fail...

This is true science fiction. The first time a driver has to throw down his or her martini/glass of wine, tablet or book, mobile phone etc. to take control will be the time we discover the truth about the safety and effectiveness of these cars.

Unless ALL cars are driverless,...

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