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Gene Detroyer

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I am apparently way out of step with these shoppers. For an item that cost $50 in the store, I would pay $10 MORE on Amazon (or another online site). Not having to go to a store and having something delivered right to my home is worth way more...

We are talking about brand here. Which is friendlier, Neighborhood or Express? Go with the friendly. Better yet, I like Ian's idea. Walmart Neighborhood.

And, to last week's discussion regarding buying a position in the dollar store segment: Build your own and don't buy the other guy's problem. Data says...

Other than swiping my phone at Starbucks, I really don't know the various systems. But, I'd sure rather have Apple (or Google, for that matter) keeping my data than any other retailer.

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Drug stores haven't been drug stores for many years. They are convenience stores that happen to sell drugs. There is very little that is "healthy" in a Walgreens or Rite Aid or CVS for that matter.

But, if the trend is actually to a healthier destination, i.e., with in-store clinics,...

Perhaps retailers should not be the keepers of the data?

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The bidding has already escalated to the point where there will be little chance to increase shareholder value. This scenario is the perfect case study on why acquisitions fail. We are at the point of management hubris. Strategy is out the window.

If Walmart were to enter the bidding, it...

I teach my entrepreneurship students that traditional market research is something they should never do. It will lead them down the wrong road. Steve Jobs explained it best in his biography:

  1. "At a 1982 planning retreat, someone on the Mac team, thought they should do some market research to see...

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My colleagues are suggesting that the U.S. tax code be fixed. The biggest, most powerful companies in the U.S. don't want it fixed. These companies are paying the lowest effective tax rates in the world.

About one of every seven companies had an effective tax rate lower than 10...

James Tenser appropriately calls this one properly...the "so-called tax inversion." "Tax inversion" is driven by media and politics. It really isn't about taxes at all. This is the perfect example.

BK's effective tax rate is about 27% +/-. Their Canadian rate would be 26.5%. Why, oh, why, would a company...

I don't know if it was the Emory studies I saw, but the results were fairly conclusive. Four 10-hour days were more productive than five eight-hour days. What was really surprising was that the most productive alternative was four eight-hour days. That suggests we waste a lot of time...

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