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Paula Rosenblum

Managing Partner
RSR Research

I've actually warmed up to RFID after it was suggested as a tool for inventory visibility.

There are numerous complications with using it to take an actual physical inventory and booking the counts (it's not an accident that it never comes out of pilot, a decade after it was first...

Well, Walmart seems very committed to groceries now. I don't expect them to stay this way for long, as groceries are a traffic driver. But a profit driver? Not so much. The money is in GM and apparel.

The question is, can Walmart be successful selling clothes? If it can,...

I'd be a lot happier if that focus went into developing and sourcing more interesting products. This feels like just another leg in the race to the bottom.

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I think the bigger benefit is the slow repair of Walmart's horrible public image.

I get a boatload of daily and weekly updates from groups of Walmart employees. They have been lobbying the country at large for better treatment for some time. And I'm quite happy to see this small...

Well, if they could pull it off, I think it would give them an interesting hook into Home Depot's contractor base. I can't tell you how many times someone doing a job for me had to leave or otherwise send their assistant off to Home Depot to get a...

I had a spectacular visit at Target with an associate who had been given a smartphone to help us find where items were. She was new so it was great for her, and it worked so it was great for me.

Empower associates! It makes all the difference.

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Given just how low the margins warehouse stores operate on, exclusive deals promise to make sense for them.

I do worry that this will not be met with the same enthusiasm by consumers. I don't understand how the transition will work at all. Costco has some real work to do.

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My gosh, I can remember going to a department store to get a haircut a gazillion years ago—once, out in Denver.

I can't imagine today's Millennials will be excited about the prospect.

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The supplement problem is very complicated. Because the traditional pharmaceutical companies can't copyright them, there's not a lot of research done in this country. And so, the presumption is that they're all harmless.

But they are neither quality-controlled (as the article explains) or studied correctly. And so you end up...

Almost 90% of sales still consummate in stores. That doesn't seem storeless to me. Now, I am definitely among the "storeless" in general, mostly because it's a pain in the neck to get there (Miami traffic gets worse every year), park and then find what I'm looking for.

But....having just...

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