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Frank Riso

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A great many retailers have to deal with unions and that may be one issue resulting in a poor rating. Retailers also may have poor managers especially in large chains and not get many high marks. Lastly I think there are so many workers in the industry that turnover...

When dealing with products made in the U.S. and especially with products made outside of the U.S., a company has an obligation to its customers to ensure that the products are safe and comply in any and all ways to protect both the environment and its population. We have...

Yes, I am very concerned. I am not sure online retailers can or would do anything at this point. I do think it is up to the states to control. Much like online wine sales, many states do not permit the delivery of wine in their state. The same...

It worked for Walmart so why not Target. We all know that shoppers visit grocery-type stores more than twice a week. If Target can get at least one of those trips it will increase sales significantly. So start to promote grocery to a target (no pun intended) group of...

The idea of using RFID only for BOPIS may not have a good return for the retailer. However using RFID for inventory management as well as for BOPIS would have significant returns. Each item marked with an RFID tag is unique in that each tag is a unique number....

While it is a big risk, Walmart needs to take Neighborhood Market back to being a low-price leader in the supermarket space, reducing the number of GM products and increasing variety in the grocery space. They need to improve the deli offerings and add both bakeries and pharmacies. The...

C-stores will continue to do well with foodservice. I think in many parts of the country there are no quick-service restaurants and the c-store can offer more items. Many stores like Wawa and Sheetz are near highways and offer food and fuel in one stop so they do well...

Sad to say, but they will all be phone stores and/or completely shifted stores. They just were not able to keep up with newer and innovative technology and their customers out-grew the need for their electronic merchandise.

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Currently, watching TV is a major challenge. Too many good shows all on at the same time, so the DVR and the On Demand features rule the TV. Advertising is still a major part of TV but with DVR use the market is challenged since everyone fast forwards during...

Not a good deal for the consumer. Competition among retailers is what benefits the consumer. This merger benefits the major stock holders and Wall Street. The only other retailers left in the segment are regional and single-store owners. If they even had a chance before, it will be impossible...

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