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Gene Detroyer

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Millennials (and those slightly older) would rather do than wear.

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It will have absolutely no effect on retailers and wholesalers. We are just moving the deck chairs on this deal. This is a financial deal to generate liquidity for the G3 and BH, because liquidity brings higher valuations.

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As Cathy states above, Whole Foods is the gold standard. Other retailers have also developed one line systems where the variable is the number of cashiers. This also seems to work well.

The problem is that most retailers see improvements in checkout as costs rather than improvements in customer service....

Study after study shows that horizontal mergers in mature markets will fail (as measured in increase in shareholder value) in excess of 80 percent of the time. This deal is as horizontal as one can get and in a market that is extraordinarily mature.

As is typical in these types...

Amazon will acquiesce, simply because it makes sense.

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When I used to wear a watch it was generally a TIMEX, so I guess I am not on the aesthetic side of this discussion. The only change I made over the years was to be sure to get bigger numbers as my eyes aged.

The answer to this question...

Nice benefit for customers, but it all revolves around how it is executed. As I read the terms as announced, I see this process infuriating customers rather than bringing customers closer to Target. Let's see, I need the original receipt and the same credit card. Even after 30 days...

Young people are naive and impressionable. As they age, they will become more cynical about the information they receive. But not only will they recognize that YouTube presentations aren't all truth, they will understand even better than their elders that traditional advertising lacks verity.

With all the information sources today,...

Bravo Howard Schultz. Unfortunately the push-back says something about America and it isn't very pretty.

But if the idea was to start a conversation and highlight what is under the covers, he did it, and the push-back has made it much more successful.

Also great comments by Bob Phibbs and Paula...

The key to this strategy is that L.L. Bean doesn't lose site of why they are opening the stores. Discovery schools, an L.L. Bean showcase and pick up is what these stores have to stay focused on. They can not revert to a brick-and-mortar silo model. One visit to...

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