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Dr. Stephen Needel

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I'm assuming there's more to this. Couldn't he have first just asked, "would you like a hug today?"

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Minimal impact on traditional retailing, except that this should encourage retailers to constantly re-evaluate their assortments. E-commerce, on the other hand, is ripe with customization opportunities.

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It will be a tough but not impossible task to re-introduce, although it sounds like they are doing what they can to get their shoppers to be ready and willing to re-try. Shame on them for not introducing a quality product. The days of private labels being cheap knock-offs...

Target had little to offer the Canadian shopper that they couldn't and weren't getting elsewhere. Yes, shoppers would come into the U.S. and hit Target stores there, but my guess is that they were coming to the U.S. to hit lots of stores—Target was just one of them. For...

The craft trend may have a lot of legs, particularly among Millennials. When everything they do is posted online, finding new or unique products gives one bonus points. If true, retailers are going to need to make space for more unique products: Spices and condiments are two sections of...

I'm with the NY Times author—McDonald's is who they are and trying to be someone else is likely to fail. Yes, the food could look better and could taste a bit better—but I don't want to pay $10 for my McRib (and please don't tell me what's in it)....

There's no inherent value in disruption for the sake of disruption. And innovation is not necessarily tied to disruption—you can innovate in an evolutionary manner as well as in a revolutionary manner. We also shouldn't confuse disruption with differentiation. PIRCH is really different, but it is hardly disruptive.

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PetSmart did the best, I think, with Toys 'R' Us a close second.

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Great for the girls who can use modern technology instead of the old order form. But if she doesn't come to my door asking me to buy, I'm not buying. It's the experience of dealing with the scout (and her dealing with me) that's important—it's not about the cookies...

No—I think this would run afoul of the regulators.

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