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Warren Thayer

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Scary. My heart is very much with the smaller vendors and healthier items, but this sounds like a major move that could hurt. It's been established that shoppers say one thing and then buy another, especially when it comes to eating and exercise. I hope Target tests this out...

Grocery shopping is also a different experience from buying electronics or high-ticket items. Less brand loyalty, less risk if you buy a product you don't like ($2 vs. perhaps $100) and a high likelihood you are going to buy many products from many categories at once. In those cases,...

I agree with the points being made here. The column was an opinion piece. For the in-depth story, including insightful comments from some of the RetailWire BrainTrust, click on the second link provided above, "Vendors Push Back on Slotting." Thanks.

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This is a very big deal nationally, especially when it comes to crops. California farmers I've spoken with even 30 years ago worried about how the water table was lowering, affecting production. Now it's really hitting the fan and will affect pricing and supply considerably. We'll be importing more,...

It's just a single, small component of a larger campaign to make the retailer relevant again. You can't look at this as any sort of stand-alone, and I won't throw any stones at them for trying. I mean, why not? Having said that, I will be surprised if J.C....

It won't be huge but it will help, as it would at any time you do anything with the customer in mind. Cumulatively these are things that build your brand. I have seen no data but would expect that consumer health concerns are spreading beyond food. Being out front...

Good list. On that one extra point, Dick Seesel nailed it for me. Know the customer, study the stores and understand their needs and challenges. Bring concise paper backup materials in case PowerPoint, etc., fails. Practice. Bring your sense of humor.

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Whether it meets the legal definition of fraud or not, it's obviously sleazy and I support Amazon's suit. Laws in recent years have been written and amended to protect vested interests, not the public, so it's a tough battle. It's easy to throw up your hands and say it's...

There will be no lasting effect on the public: This will be old news next week and forgotten by the end of the month. McDonald's suffers from what fifth graders in my day called "cooties," and cures are difficult. It's famous for unhealthy food and underpaid workers who don't...

It gives me hope for this country when I see masses of people rise up to oppose fear-driven, thinly-veiled bigotry that was absurdly allowed to stand as "conventional wisdom" for centuries.

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