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Paula Rosenblum

Managing Partner
RSR Research

The brand needs more street cred or it's a meaningless exercise, I think.

I also don't see teens becoming members of anything besides a new social network every week.

I don't think the company will get enough takers to impact much of anything ... except get a few inches of coverage...

Free shipping is rapidly becoming table stakes. So there's not a lot of choice there. You have to offer it, and sending it on a milk run isn't a good idea either. Speed is also part of the equation.

However, I do NOT think it's a necessarily a competitive advantage...

Um, am I the only one who noticed that the profits came from AWS, not retail?

I'm waiting for the activist investors to start demanding to split up the company.

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Well, if only that were all it took. There is no one answer for all the department stores mentioned.

There's no doubt that a wave of mergers and acquisitions has rendered Macy's way, way too over-stored. I'm amazed that Mr. Lundgren steered the ship clear of rocks as long as...

Just one word ... No.

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The entire industry has self-immolated in the flames of promotions. We are just about to publish RSR's annual pricing benchmark and the results are nothing short of stunning.

In fact, it seems grocers are actually performing better than other segments. Fashion is in complete destruction mode.

I think the best idea...

I think they might be better served finding some fun merchandise to SELL.

In fact, I used to buy very cheap sleeping shorts from them in festive designs. They were sold under the Joe Boxer label and were 100 percent cotton. They were (and are) fun, and incredibly comfortable. And,they...

This is the third "favorite grocer" study we've seen in a few weeks I think.

Bottom line is that Wegmans and Publix are doing something right. And Trader Joe's.

In the case of Trader Joe's, I think it's a unique product mix at very good prices that does the trick.

For Wegmans...

Just two words in my answer: Of course.

Oh, and "Yay Ashley." She was completely charming and creative on Project Runway.

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I don't accept the article's premise. I'd like to, since enough people are saying it that I'd like to think it's true ... but it seems to me that when Aldi goes into bigger towns than its 1400 store base, it just isn't attractive.

I would feel better about the...

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