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Kai Clarke

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Kowa Optimed, Inc.

No. This is a great example of Mark Twain's fears in action...Lies, damn lies and statistics...One brand being "beamed" to select locations doesn't ensure that the same level of success (or any level of success) will occur when this includes 100 brands to all locations, all of the time....

Where are the details of the Western USA here? The commonality is quick to spot here; great customer service and customer focus, first rate marketing, shelf support, and delivery of key product SKUs in clean, well-managed stores by employees who enjoy their jobs and share this happiness with everyone...

This is not a sales gain strategy, but instead a corporate positioning and statement of their brand. Coffee, community and chat are key components of the Starbucks approach, and each of these locations epitomizes this corporate vision along with a local feel....

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This is a great concept so long as the ideas play out in the sales. Most people purchase clothes because they dream of looking like the model who is wearing the clothes. It is great that we can support all different types of models, so long as this practice...

The role of the checkout is changing, and retailers have to adapt, or perish. Clinging to old standards, in an era where new standards are being created and embraced, will only create dissonance, lost profits, and companies that embrace "buggy whip" types of thinking....

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Great. The board has no authority, and should not be doing anything. We live in the USA, where our freedoms of free speech, right to assembly, and freedom of voting are all inherent in our basic rights as Americans. Any actions by the board will probably come back to...

No. Phones are clearly becoming the mobile device of choice, and once retailers understand that they should be providing self-created apps for these, and not trying to divert the consumer away from their preferred mobile device (who wants to juggle 2 devices at once?) they will focus on enhancing...

All of these retail models represent a threat to c-stores, as each has the potential to change their footprint to become more like a c-store, albeit with their specialty emphasis, at the core of their retail focus.

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This is a great idea. With the large share of eyeballs that Facebook has, now it can start pointing to a share of wallet as well when it promotes its advertising. In addition to everything it offers, it can now start to include transactional purchases (albeit simple ones) as...

Strong Internet capabilities, including electronic coupons, discounts, aisle and category information as consumers shop, will all add to the technology-driven supermarket experience. However, we cannot lose sight of the basic importance of retailing; including product pricing, out of stocks, fresh, well-stocked bins and shelves, etc.

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