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Warren Thayer

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Wife and I, both comparative Luddites, have searched for and bought things on iPad and iPhone while watching TV ads. The only thing that could hurt that, for us at least, is that we've started recording all shows and then started to watch them 15 to 20 minutes into...

Bring it back for some niches, sure, because it works. But don't replicate the "big book" of 50 years ago. (Although I fondly recall seeing a donkey for sale for $99 in the Sears catalog of about 1957 and begging my father to buy one for me, to no...

Whatever benefits the one percent and their lobbyists will be most likely to be passed. There will be a lot of deal-making and nasty things included in seemingly innocuous bills, making it impossible for the public to have a good grasp of what's really going on. That's what Congress...

My friend Ben Ball said it best, and gave me my first laugh of the day. This is also nothing new, been going on forever with weird side effects. My ex from 40 years ago (before I upgraded) used to take seasonal jobs, get let go after the end...

Depends on which "other industries" we're comparing here, but in general it's probably tougher to convey respect to retail employees given the generally disrespectful nature of their employment: Minimum wage, changing schedules, not enough hours, poor benefits, no career path, etc. So naturally turnover is high as people look...

Anything that helps light the fire for a budding entrepreneur is fine in my book. I'm sure there will still be plenty of door-to-door, but I also believe this digital addition to the mix will help teach new, real-world skills. And it'll no doubt ultimately make more money for...

A solution in search of a problem.

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Why shouldn't the grocer be the consumer advocate? Give them information they want and need? If you want an eye-opener, read the statement put out by the National Restaurant Association about the calorie counts. They're for it. Funny how foodservice takes the consumer side, and the grocery industry wants...

No way. Ryan and David L., among others, said it well. I believe in involving HR in the process to get their feedback, which I can then take with the usual grain of salt. HR knows HR, and they can't know all the day-to-day specifics of the job that...

Lots of retailers I speak with complain that "the days of long margins" on organic and better-for-you are pretty much over. Added competition from store brands will ramp up price pressure on national brands. This in turn will help drive unit sales in the segment—although as a whole, organic...

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