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It's startling that a large, high-profile public company like Tesco would mismanage its quarterly accounting to this degree. I don't know whether the underlying regulatory policies in the U.K. make it easy or difficult for this to happen, compared to the U.S. where there has been close scrutiny of...

While it's helpful for retailers to develop e-commerce sales in markets where they don't have physical stores, the results of this study shouldn't come as a surprise. Familiarity with a local brick-and-mortar store (or even a local branch of a national chain) is likely to give the e-shopper confidence...

The line between tablets and smartphones is getting blurrier every day, hence the term "phablet." The size difference between the largest smartphones (like the Samsung Galaxy and the new iPhone 6+) and the smallest tablets (like the iPad Mini) is causing the tablet market to mature, especially if a...

Too many retailers equate "loyalty programs" with price offerings, overlapping discounts and so forth. There is very little brand-building (or imagination) involved here. In the case of Whole Foods, it seems like a natural candidate to leverage the pre-existing brand loyalty of its customers, who do not equate "value"...

While Macy's has a challenge making their customers aware of all of these initiatives, it's a high-grade problem to have. Their competitors are talking the talk about localized assortments, BOPIS and so forth while Macy's is walking the walk. Assuming they get the merchandise content right, these are sales...

It will take some time for Jos. A. Bank's new owners to figure out the right formula. What's the right mix of promotions that will drive higher gross margin rates—and even gross margin dollars, which are the name of the game—at some expense to topline sales? And are there...

Most of the skepticism about the Apple Watch comes from those who were also doubters about the original iPad launch. If you'll recall, many critics thought that the tablet business was superfluous, being positioned between a smartphone and a laptop in terms of size and functionality. But history has...

I have always viewed Target's focus on food and consumables to be a distraction from its core business. Having made the investment in groceries it's hard to step back now, but the strategy served largely to "commoditize" a company with a distinct brand identity. I'm pleasantly surprised to see...

I assume that test results in the two formats drove at least some of this decision, and Walmart would probably prefer to manage fewer brand formats. "Neighborhood Market" is a more marketable idea than "Express" on a national scale, and the small number of Express stores probably made the...

It sounds like the the dynamic security code is akin to the sort of chip technology common in credit cards outside the U.S. (and I believe those cards are less prone to data breaches as a result). It won't happen overnight, but Apple will break down resistance over time...

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