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Dr. Stephen Needel

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Won't be better, just bigger.

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Price is critical, period. Walmart's involvement will only matter if they can truly make it convenient and less expensive than anything else. Yes, I would expect expansion.

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There's been no evidence that Americans are calling for a new type of convenience store, particularly one that pushes "fresh." While the segments of fresh and organic are growing in grocery stores, the growth is at nowhere near the rate one would expect from the interest claimed in surveys.

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I'm surprised they would only have to divest 3 percent of their stores—in my neck of the woods there's a Rite Aid close to every Walgreens I can think of. Again, here in Atlanta, Rite Aid stores are smaller than Walgreens. I guess there may be some financial benefit...

If the shopper has a choice between two chains, all things being equal, app performance is critical. I doubt the "losing a quarter of the consumer base" claim. If the app doesn't deliver, I still have a number of ways to buy from the retailer, either online or in-store....

So let me get this straight. I have no experience with these items and I can't see them in the store. Target online is not the first place I go for fashion. Prices may or may not be low. I'm not sure what they are thinking.

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Stupid. Just ask Chick-fil-A how gay bashing worked for them.

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It will probably take my generation (Boomers) dying off for digital to replace newspaper circulars. Even though newspaper subscriptions are shrinking, I still see a number of people picking up the circulars at the front of the store and thumbing through before shopping (so reach is probably being under-reported).

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It hasn't passed, in part, because it's bad for consumers (at least on the surface). I'd rather not pay taxes if I don't have to.

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Love the idea, assuming it is close to break-even for Aldi cost-wise. What a great way to build customer loyalty—these students will grow up thinking well of Aldi.

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