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Dr. Stephen Needel

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First, I'm pretty sure shoppers aren't going from Walmart grocery to Kohl's. Maybe the other way around, but I'd like to get my milk and ice cream put away, not leave it sitting in my car. That said, Kohl's has the same promise as Walmart—good products at a good...

I think these are great tips. A lot of our time is spent on testing planograms (with virtual reality shopping). It's very frustrating to see a lot of effort put in to defining a good shelf set, then seeing execution fail at the store. We'd like to see more...

Walmart has shown us over the years that while they may be slow to react at times, they react well to market conditions and customer feedback. I don't know if this price gap is meaningful or whether Target is the right competitor in many cases. I could argue that...

Oh good! More loyalty cards. Looks like another way to give away profits. If you're not shopping regularly at these stores now, I doubt it's because they didn't have a loyalty program.

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I don't think it's a challenge for the USE of Big Data assuming Big Data users aren't putting out the raw, merged data, which makes it easy for someone else to identify the shopper. I do think that the day of reckoning for data privacy will come (and I...

This has been an issue for all supplements, not just store brands. When regulation is relegated to the manufacturers, don't expect many batches to be rejected.

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Here's another made-up number that is supposed to mean something. How many people give any thought to a company's vision and leadership, workplace environment, and financial performance? We (the readers) might do so, but the average Harris Poll respondent? It's all about price/value and/or customer service.

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I'm not even sure RadioShack will emerge from Chapter 11.

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Don't disagree that watching TV via broadcast, whether live or recorded, is somewhat antiquated. The fact that small screen TVs are selling less is, however, not an indicator—it's an indication that big screen TVs are more affordable. The interesting question is whether this is a characteristic of an age...

While this may be good for the two companies, I don't see how the consumer benefits at all. Without Staples v. Office Depot competition, they'll lose out to online businesses. Hard to believe that the FTC won't see this as anti-competitive.

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