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Frank Riso

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Here in the Southeast we have three dominate structures, banks, churches and c-stores. The c-stores may have the lead but I am not sure. Since most of these stores are franchised I do not see any major changes in the operation of the stores nor the closure of any...

Easy ... Facebook. It keeps me closer to family and friends. It is a way to connect with classmates, old friends and distant family. Pictures, videos and lots of fun add to the reasons why I use it everyday, and many times a day.

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I like both commercials but Walgreens is the winner in my book. It is both entertaining and delivers the message. Most of their stores are open until midnight. While the Nordstrom commercial has merit, it is more of a commercial selling watches while Walgreens is a simple message with...

Yes it is tougher. A CEO has two sides of his or her job. First, running the day-to-day operation of the company and second, dealing with both the board of directors and Wall Street. Anyone who cannot balance both should stay away from the job. I am speaking of...

It may not have been necessary for him to leave but it was necessary to change the merchandise and the merchandising. It is another generation of young shoppers who they missed preparing for in time. Just look at what has happened to Gap. It is important to stay current...

Return policies and satisfaction guarantees are the difference for many older shoppers between buying it and trying it on at home or not buying it. Knowing that you can return an item no-questions-asked is a major advantage to these shoppers. So many shoppers will not buy items online, which...

I do not think that the one-day slump will be an issue for retailers. It is the total sales for the season that matter. A lot of shoppers seem to be spreading out their spending over many days of shorter trips, especially with gas prices dropping. So lets not...

For the families that have two working parents and do a great deal of shopping online, this is good news. It will be somewhat successful, but not a worry to the likes of Pampers, or even Walmart. Amazon suppliers will continue their relationship and all will be OK with...

Yes, the Brits are doing a great job at telling Christmas-type stories and we need to learn from them. They seem to have no problem saying the word Christmas while we say "holiday," or worst yet, "Xmas." Happy Christmas American retailers.

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It will continue to work well for both of these retailers and any others that offer the service. Why? These are larger stores and finding items continues to be a challenge for most of us men and many women as well. If the item is not in stock it...

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