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Warren Thayer

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Just a note about the Louis Vuitton handbag ... Not saying this is always true, but when I worked homeless shelters in Brooklyn, people would occasionally come in with very upscale items that had been given away by local charities. Wealthy people would give away almost-new and expensive stuff...

There's a sufficient gap here in the U.S. Even with "the recession over," the underclass is growing steadily. I've worked in poverty programs all my life, both in NYC and now here in Vermont, and the need is as great, or greater than ever. New people are being added...

My initial instinct was to applaud, and I do love the intent, but for the lawyers and increasingly rampant consumer paranoia. Check out the final link above, "Woolies 'free fruit for kids' PR stunt backfires." Amazing how no good deed goes unpunished.

"WOOLIES' "free fruit for kids" initiative has...

Good posting. This is also very much a factor of how many reviews make up the star rating. Three reviews don't mean a thing. Five hundred mean a great deal. Usually. I like it when the seller responds to a negative review within the thread for all to see....

I don't see any more of a challenge than having Starbucks in supermarkets. Target has cash, CVS has ongoing revenue. Sounds like one of those exceedingly rare win-wins to me. I do think CVS will get a bit more benefit from the added brand recognition, but the CVS banner...

Online deals for ordering Super Bowl goodies, delivered the day of the game or the day before the game (customer's choice). Could have suggested lists of food and beverages etc., or package deals including specific items. Promote in ads, in-store fliers, handouts, or on shelf talkers by beer, salty...

Take it very seriously. Besides the excellent points raised here already, my biggest concern about loyalty programs is the degree to which they may result in more hassles with spammers and telemarketers. One reason I never, ever answer my home phone anymore unless I recognize the caller ID, and...

As the Kenyan proverb goes, "When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers." There will be a few tactical moves by these elephants here and there, but they'd be wise to stick with their game-winning strategies that have worked so well over the long haul.

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If you already have a solid brand and share credible insights (and I stress credible) that are useful in ringing the register, you're making a wise move. You'll move closer to actual partnering, and both sides will benefit. The challenge is the desire on the vendor side to push...

Oh, please. Sounds to me like well-intentioned pap from people who want to seem "enlightened" but don't have the stomach to make the tough calls and truly lead. There are ways to make organizations successful without adding new layers of confusion and uncertainty.

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