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Warren Thayer

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From my January column, "OUR 'NATURAL' DISASTER"...

NEW DEFINITIONS

Natural: Made on this planet, without any intervention by humankind. This opens up the possibility of food processing by space aliens, but so what?

Unnatural: Not a product of the earth. Made and processed on the moon, another planet, or in outer space.

Supernatural:...

They've pretty much reached the saturation point for Supercenters, and the smaller stores have performed well. Walmart is also experimenting with using Supercenters as DCs for the smaller stores, so shoppers can order from a small store by a certain time and get it delivered to that store from...

Everybody understands corking fees, and I don't think any of us would bring in a bottle to a restaurant with wine on the menu. We also know not to bring a tuna sandwich from home and expect to sit down in a restaurant and eat it. This was a...

A sneaky move by Facebook at a time when, from past sneakiness, they should be trying very hard for transparency. As for rules or restrictions that should guide them, they might test out the idea of "common sense." Otherwise, the attorneys will ultimately guide them.

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Bob Phibbs has it totally right. They're doing the right thing on many levels. Lead by example; engaging in dialogue with critics is generally less than useless. It brings to mind a quote by George Bernard Shaw, "I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get...

Well, my gut tells me that the data cited in this piece is accurate and in line with reality, and I think the rationales cited about data/gut driving decisions are totally reasonable. Over the years, gut instinct has made me re-analyze data or collect more data, and saved me...

Ryan has, once again, nailed it. And, nothing will change because we have the best Congress that money can buy. I wish I could be more optimistic.

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From a pure marketing standpoint, Coke would have been wiser to ignore the issue entirely, and not bring it up. It just makes people think about those empty calories more. I exercise a fair amount, but if I knew I had to hit the bike or treadmill for 23...

Politically incorrect but fairly obvious answer: women seem to care more about holidays, anniversaries and birthdays than men do. Don't know why, and it doesn't make one or the other right or wrong. Men are probably more likely to just go out and buy something if they want it,...

I do see significant growth in Sprouts' future. Let's see, sales were in the range of $720 million for its first quarter, comps were up 12.5%. It's had 27 consecutive quarters of same-store sales growth. Traffic is up, basket sizes are up, and Consumer Reports ranked it the fifth-best...

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