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Dr. Stephen Needel

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My guess is that it depends on the charity and the reaction of the checkout clerk when they get a no response. My Walgreens collects donations for gum for soldiers and they ask for $1. They are very polite if you pass. I still see it as a positive...

Most department stores in Europe that are anywhere near a tourist area have a little tourist souvenir section, so nothing new here. And Bostonians would be offended by a "Bean Town" shirt — only out-of-towners call it that and a Bostonian would be offended (but we'd be too polite to...

While it will certainly attract attention, it's hard to imagine it's sustainable unless it has great prices, a better selection and becomes easier to shop. And Aurora is pretty far out in Chicagoland and does not have the highest of median incomes. Yes, there are higher-end communities near it,...

Neither will come out ahead — it's the Christmas price wars moved to July.

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Persil has to establish itself first before it can provide Walmart with leverage. That's going to take some time and in a crowded market with Walmart's one year exclusive, not likely to be effective for negotiating against P&G.

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While I don't think the results are misleading, couldn't they put a simple tagline at the top saying "Your item has not been found, would these products work for you?"

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Add "Did you find everything you were looking for today?" when I'm checking out a Publix. I know they're trying to do a customer service thing, but it's too late when my groceries are being rung up.

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Minimal backlash, and Joe Kernen is full of it. Just because the company spouts a very liberal point of view, it doesn't mean they shouldn't be making money.

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Remember first that this is a survey and there is a bias to say yes in any survey asking whether you want healthy products and whether you are brand loyal (connotes rigid thinking). Nationally-branded items demonstrate a weakness when the maker assumes they are good because they are a...

If new isn't better or at least different (as in adding variety in a variety-seeking category), it has no reason to be there. Shoppers aren't always looking for new and are only sometimes looking for different. So the right balance is not new vs. established, it's what shoppers want...

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