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Warren Thayer

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Whoever paid the most to get "their" senators and congressmen elected will continue to prevail. At least until a majority of citizens wise up and start voting in their own interests.

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Why not? Misery is optional, but so is happiness.

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It's yet another small step in a long journey. Embracing diversity is, or should be, common sense—corporately, politically and personally. It's disappointing that it is so rarely practiced.

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I've had experience with both, generally favorable, but greatly prefer phone calls versus chats. Faster, you get to the point more readily, and you don't have to wait around for a minute or four for a response to each question. (Obvious that the chatters are handling several queries at...

Many consumers will feel guilty if they don't buy "best" for their families, so it might help raise Whole Foods' dollars and margin. But mostly it will make consumers over-think their purchases and confuse them, adding a touch of angst to the shopping experience. Vendors, already unhappy about the...

A key factor, according to vendors I speak with, is the high expense because so many retailers have turned demos into profit centers. These retailers charge high fees and insist on using specific demo companies. And, the slapdash way that many of these demos turn out irritates hell out...

Most retailers I know have a list of items that index very high when bad weather comes and work hard to avoid out-of-stocks. The pioneer here, I believe, was Mrs. Field's, which had a whole system worked out in stores on what to bake and when and in what...

They linger precisely because of the top two reasons in the poll: Managers avoiding confrontation, or not wanting to go through hiring and training someone new. For the life of me, I don't see how someone can be a good salesperson despite negativity. Best way to handle this is...

Very few brands will pull out, although they'll publicly wring their hands. It'd be refreshing if NFL sponsors announced significant, ongoing donations to groups aimed at ending violence against women, but I'm not holding my breath.

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Ryan's right about rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. It was my thought also. McDonald's problem isn't Millennials, and that's a silly smokescreen. And the idea that "free coffee" days are going to help turn things around is actually laughable. The factors already mentioned here by others need immediate...

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