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Paula Rosenblum

Managing Partner
RSR Research

I'm amazed at the lure of food for retailers of all types. I know food is a trip magnet, but it's not very profitable.

Still, given that Aldi seems to think it can expand with fresh and perishable offerings, it makes sense for Dollar General to go that way as...

I've heard about a few of these types of sites lately. I don't really see the need for it but I also don't see the harm in a retailer being associated with the site, either. I don't think it'll get big enough to have a material impact on a...

I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around this concept. As has already been pointed out, Macy's is already a discount destination and heavily promotional. I don't see what the lower-end Macy's will look like besides "Target" or fast-fashion."

I understand why they are doing it, but I'm not...

Oh, there's one thing that wasn't mentioned that is REALLY important. Sales associates now have the time and inclination to actually be helpful.

I was really surprised earlier this year when I went to a store to buy a Bluetooth speaker. In case you haven't looked, there are literally hundreds...

Getting faster is half the challenge, and yes it will help make the brand more competitive.

But there's another lever they're going to have to pull. To be competitive with fast fashion, they're also going to have to lower prices. That's the other reason Old Navy is doing better than...

No I don't agree that there is no more important component in retail today than technology. We've seen a sense of this belief in our annual merchandising benchmarks and have railed against it on more than one occasion.

What about PRODUCT? Hello? Technology/science is the support structure that helps determine...

Really? Maybe we should give some props to a Trader Joe's real estate group.

I was surprised to find out their store counts are roughly equal, even though they have grown in very different ways.

Let's not forget though, Whole Foods did a lot of acquisitions at some point. As far...

I like it! QVC has changed a lot, and I think zulily can benefit from the community that QVC has built around itself. Way more modern than a lot of folks realize, and definitely selling some interesting brands.

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Honestly? I don't see facial recognition technology going anywhere.

Technology that supports selecting the right color/style of makeup and earrings and accessories? A home run. Facial recognition? BEYOND creepy and, I suspect, as a "security tool" probably right on the edge of constitutionality.

Just because you can do something doesn't mean...

I have a different take on this. All these potential issues should be taken into account BEFORE a Walmart or other big-box store is given permits to open in a specific area.

I lived in Dedham, MA for many years. I know the town has changed a lot in the...

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