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George Anderson

Editor-in-Chief, RetailWire
George Anderson has extensive executive-level experience in editorial, marketing and sales in the advertising, retail/wholesale and print, video and digital media industries. Mr. Anderson has served as the editorial voice of RetailWire since the site's founding in 2002 and has been interviewed by a wide variety of media outlets including the Charlotte Observer, Providence Journal, MarketWatch, NPR, Wall Street Journal Radio and others. Previously, Mr. Anderson served as president and creative director of the IdeaBeat Creative division of IdeaBeat.com. His duties included creating Online Profit Guides and Company Spotlights recognized as "Best of the Net" by About.com for a blue-chip list of consumer goods manufacturers and technology companies. Before joining IdeaBeat, Mr. Anderson created a successful sales and marketing communications and custom publishing company called Not Your Average Agency. Mr. Anderson's experience includes eight years with Progressive Grocer Associates/Maclean Hunter Media, where he held a variety of marketing services and sales management roles. His assignments included work in the company's four divisions including Progressive Grocer, Frozen Food Age, Retail Technology, and Retail Insights (Supermarket Insights and Convenience Store Insights video division.) For editorial inquiries, please contact George at: RetailWire 116 South Union Avenue Cranford, NJ 07016 908-325-2499
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  • Posted on: 10/11/2018

    Is disruption coming to the alcohol beverage business?

    The mandates are state driven, so all it takes is one to get the ball rolling. Think of the legal marijuana business where medical adoption has led to recreational use with more states entering the category with each passing year.
  • Posted on: 10/03/2018

    Trader Joe’s success is a matter of values

    When I spent some time at Trader Joe's in the early 2000s, current and former Whole Foods' employees were probably the biggest group of people who applied for crew jobs at Trader Joe's. To a person, they would say that Whole Foods talked the talk, but the walk was another thing altogether. One problem that a small number of former WF people had when they went to TJ's was adapting to multiple jobs and not simply having one function. Most people thrive in that environment, but some do prefer to do the same thing day in and day out.
  • Posted on: 08/17/2018

    Walmart posts strongest U.S. comps in more than a decade

    Editor's note: To clarify should anyone be confused, Walmart's profit margin decline was 17 basis points, which represents .17 percent and not 17 percent. Investors would have been running around with their hair on fire had the latter percentage been the case.
  • Posted on: 07/03/2018

    Amazon announces Prime Day-and-a-half

    Moody's lead retail analyst Charlie O'Shea issued the following statement: “Amazon’s announcement that Prime Day will extend to 36 hours beginning at 3pm est on July 16, ratchets up the pressure on all of retail, with ‘counter measures’ sure to negatively impact margins throughout the sector. “More so than ever, we expect other retailers to roll out a heavy dose of promotions ahead, during, and after Prime Day in hopes of attracting shoppers and dollars, with some of the more challenged retailers facing the tough decision of how low to go. “With Whole Foods now in the picture, we expect Prime Day promotions to extend deep into the food sector, pressuring food retailers for the first time.”
  • Posted on: 06/13/2018

    Macy’s takes stake in retail-as-a-service tech firm

    I think the following quote is why so many are optimistic about the prospects for the Macy’s and b8ta partnership: “We believe physical retail will thrive as a platform for discovering new products and brands. Macy’s was the best partner for b8ta to scale our pioneering retail-as-a-service model to a breadth of categories like apparel, beauty, home, and more,” said Vibhu Norby, CEO of b8ta.
  • Posted on: 06/08/2018

    Why did Bon-Ton fail while Macy’s did not? 

    I'm with David. Debt was the biggest weight dragging down Bon-Ton. Instead of making the investments it needed to connect with customers, it was trying to pay off its loans.
  • Posted on: 04/06/2018

    Will micro-designers disrupt fast-fashion giants?

    The rise of micro-designers may not be new as Nikki suggests, but her link to Etsy demonstrates that individuals and companies in this segment are, in aggregate, part of a large and growing retail opportunity.
  • Posted on: 04/04/2018

    Should retailers lower expectations around last-mile delivery?

    I may not need same-day, next-day or even two-day delivery on many items, but I'm certainly going to check those boxes if the price is the same as an order showing up in a week.
  • Posted on: 03/02/2018

    At this café, dogs and humans have their day

    I can see the appeal of this type of cafe in pedestrian-friendly cities and towns, but I agree that many people don't often understand when they should leave their four-legged family members at home. I love my Border Terrier, but she doesn't always play well with others, so having her go with me to a cafe is not something I would consider for a second. On a related note, I've been a bit startled on my three most recent trips to the local Target to find multiple people shopping with small dogs in their arms or in a carrier inside the carts. Each time has been while I was shopping in the store's grocery area. Personally, I wish those customers had left their dogs at home.
  • Posted on: 03/01/2018

    Dick’s responds to Parkland teens – won’t sell AR-15s anymore

    Editor's Note: Kroger announced that it is raising the purchase age for firearms at 43 Fred Meyer stores in the western U.S. A statement from the company included the following: "Recent events demonstrate the need for additional action on the part of responsible gun retailers. We are raising the minimum age to 21 to purchase firearms and ammunition in all of our Fred Meyer locations that sell firearms. We stopped selling assault-style rifles in our Oregon, Washington and Idaho Fred Meyer stores several years ago and we will no longer accept any special-orders of these weapons in Alaska. Through Restock Kroger, we have a robust space optimization effort underway in many of our stores, including Fred Meyer locations. As we refresh stores we are often transitioning gun departments due to softer demand and changing customer preferences."
  • Posted on: 01/22/2018

    Amazon Go goes live

    If you use the mobile app, according to this New York Time's article (https://goo.gl/huw1zF), it doesn't appear as though you'll be able to get out of the store without being charged. Not sure what happens if someone picks up an item without the app being turned on. My hunch is that there is some alert sent to associates when an item is removed from the shelf without an app connected to the action. It may also be that an alarm of some sort is triggered if a shoplifter leaves the store, but that's just another hunch.
  • Posted on: 01/10/2018

    Whole Foods asks vendors to pay to play

    To be fair to Amazon, Whole Foods' decision to begin centralizing its operations pre-date its acquisition by the e-tailer.
  • Posted on: 09/18/2017

    Did this startup make a big mistake calling itself Bodega?

    What I'm wondering about is if they've really done the math to determine what it would cost to keep 100,000 of these small boxes fully stocked if they achieve their growth goals? Making frequent small deliveries to thousands of locations will be expensive and tricky.
  • Posted on: 08/24/2017

    Will Amazon become a dominant force in grocery after acquiring Whole Foods?

    This is from a press release just issued by Amazon and Whole Foods: Here's what will be new in Whole Foods Market stores on Monday and what customers can expect over time as the two companies integrate: Starting Monday, Whole Foods Market will offer lower prices on a selection of best-selling staples across its stores, with much more to come. Customers will enjoy lower prices on products like Whole Trade bananas, organic avocados, organic large brown eggs, organic responsibly-farmed salmon and tilapia, organic baby kale and baby lettuce, animal-welfare-rated 85% lean ground beef, creamy and crunchy almond butter, organic Gala and Fuji apples, organic rotisserie chicken, 365 Everyday Value organic butter, and much more. In the future, after certain technical integration work is complete, Amazon Prime will become Whole Foods Market's customer rewards program, providing Prime members with special savings and other in-store benefits. Whole Foods Market's healthy and high-quality private label products--including 365 Everyday Value, Whole Foods Market, Whole Paws and Whole Catch--will be available through Amazon.com, AmazonFresh, Prime Pantry and Prime Now. Amazon Lockers will be available in select Whole Foods Market stores. Customers can have products shipped from Amazon.com to their local Whole Foods Market store for pick up or send returns back to Amazon during a trip to the store. This is just the beginning -- Amazon and Whole Foods Market plan to offer more in-store benefits and lower prices for customers over time as the two companies integrate logistics and point-of-sale and merchandising systems.
  • Posted on: 06/16/2017

    What happens now that Amazon is acquiring Whole Foods?

    A mashup of Amazon's Go concept with 365 by Whole Foods seems like a good experiment here. Echoing Stefan, I bet the folks at Instacart are feeling at least a little nauseated this morning even though they just picked up Wegmans.

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