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Yes, the 4th of July is the start of the biggest 6 months of the year, and we should expect that continued prosperity, growth and positive industry performance will continue. We can expect that increased sales of homes, cars and consumer electronics will continue during this period.

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This is an interesting perspective, since we usually focus on the harbingers of success to gauge successful product launches. Why should we look at what not to do instead of the more specific (and reliable) what we should be doing? Positive perspectives bring more insight than negative ones.

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This is a smart decision whose implementation time has come and should be here without question. Overtime is overtime, whether over 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week.

This decision does not move people back from management into a lower rank. People are in management because they have...

This is not as relevant of a model than the folks at ByeBuy would have us believe. People in the USA already "rent" their cellphones, and many get their products with an eye on keeping them until the end of their useful life, since this is a greener approach...

The Martha Stewart Brand has had its day in the sun. There is a problem connecting not only with Millennials, but also with many Boomers as well. There are so many other options which are available that don't represent a criminal who has made poor choices in her life,...

Product, price, location, and the "cool" factor will all be key parts of retail winners' models in the back to school season. 2015 will be a stronger, more rewarding season than 2014, and we will continue to see a growing role of the Internet as online sales continue to...

This is the last attempt by a dying retail model to deceive consumers into purchasing products because of the perceived "increased value" which these products represent. The Internet is the true dragon slayer here, since a quick scan, or input of a product description will rapidly determine what the...

This change in policy puts the costs of carrying products more on the supplier's shoulders. If Walmart, or any retailer doesn't realize that this will come back in higher prices in future price increases, then they are not being reasonable. Someone has to shoulder the costs which are imposed...

Customer service is the lifeblood of retail. Keep surveys short and simple...no misinformation. Always give a reward for completing the survey.

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Inventory turns and managing fresh fruits and vegetables are certainly an issue for automated grocery stores. Add to this the amount of time it will take to "shop" and limited selections, these stores will have a limited appeal to most shoppers.

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