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Paula Rosenblum

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I still think Walmart's core problem remains the same—a saturated market, and plenty of competition that's close enough or better on pricing in more convenient formats. But that's not its only problem.

The out-of-stocks were apparently caused by cutting payroll too lean, which of course was done to hold earning...

IHL Services definitely deserves props for pointing this out at least five years ago, maybe more. Of course, given the stuff that gets sold at those impulse stations, it's hard to be sad about it, but it's real high margin revenue.

I wish they'd listened to Greg sooner!

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My take is it's Main Street vs. Wall Street (or whatever level the investors are at).

Asking what the board should do presumes it has the willingness and ability to do anything but what it has already done. It sounds like it is doing exactly what it wants to do....

I agree, but I don't agree. By that I mean there's no doubt that technology is necessary to support a better in store experience, BUT, I object to most indoor tracking systems as crossing the line from useful to creepy. Video analytics are least creepy and aren't on the...

Not for nothing the Stop & Shop program has been in pilot for seven years (I actually think it's longer, but there was a vendor change mid-stream—it was named "Shopping Buddy" in earlier incarnations).

The devices don't get used much, and they're a distraction for store personnel when they break.

It's...

Oh gosh, I can't overstate the potential disruption and change this partnership could bring to industries that use a lot of devices, like healthcare and retail.

It's important to note that IBM will also offer AppleCare for Macs too.

The challenge in my mind is that Apple still thinks of itself...

I agree with Dick Seesel. It's way too soon. If Canada was located halfway around the world, I might say "yeah, it's a distraction," but I can't see any reason why whatever is done to remake U.S.-based Target won't be pretty close to what Canadians want as well.

Strikes me...

I think I wrote this before; there just aren't that many qualified candidates out there. The death of the regional department store and mass merchant has left us with precious few logical candidates. If you're a company like Macy's, which is succeeding, building a succession plan from your existing...

That's just so wrong. I found a similar story about Best Buy several years ago, but the customer was happy because he used a price comparison app (RedLaser), found it on Bestbuy.com for a lower price, ordered it through his phone for in-store pick-up and thought he'd really scored.

Retailers...

You know, I always thought the whole "showrooming" thing was a red herring.

Consumers have always, and will always comparison shop when they buy big-ticket merchandise, but it's far less an issue of a few bucks here and there if the retailer is offering premium services.

Of course it's good to...

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