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Warren Thayer

Editorial Director & Co-Founder
Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer

Target isn't who it thinks it is (or wishes it were). This new effort is a disconnect on brand identity. This is not brand building, it's flailing. But of course that won't stop other frightened retailers from doing the same.

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Ryan. What he said.

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You've been able to ship packages by Greyhound bus and other bus lines for decades. It's easy, and fast. Forty years ago, I also routinely drove to the airport near my Boston offices and sent "raw" film to my NYC headquarters so the publisher could process the pictures and...

I admit to being both a Luddite and a skeptic, but two phrases in the First Insight press release (cited by RetailWire) gave me pause:

" ... with 70 percent of respondents not knowing the definition of an in-store beacon," and "More than 60 percent of respondents never...

There may be advantages in being dumb enough technology-wise that you can't figure out how to use IoT devices, so you are never an early adopter!

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I support a ban on thin and "thick" plastic bags, period. We're talking about a non-renewable resource and it's high time we take some responsibility. A ban went into effect in Hawaii on July 1, but has run into trouble. No easy answers. Maybe a $1 deposit...

Except for #2, none of these questions bother me. And when I can actually find a salesperson, I am thrilled if they ask me if I need help finding something. I usually do.

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Tempest in a coffee urn. Starbucks users are loyal to the brand and the experience. Happily, I don't like Starbucks coffee, so I save a bit of money that way. But I make it up for by liking Glenfiddich 12.

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Go CVS! Money has bought the Chamber of Commerce just like it has bought Congress. Nice to see people and companies taking a stand! No effect either way on CVS's business, but a tiny bump up if anything. I'm sure a few others will follow; I hope many do.

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Department stores and discounters have long been in need of fireproof pants. Most shoppers know that "sales" must be taken with a grain of salt, and as pricing apps on phones become increasingly common, this whole debate will vanish anyway in due time. At some point a tipping point...

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