Really? Google, I get that label but Amazon, Apple and even Tesla provide a unique and refreshing shopping experience, especially with their approach to brick-and-mortar. Who sold cars in mall showrooms before Tesla? Apple brought service back to a retail landscape sadly oblivious to it since Marvin Traub ran Bloomingdale's. Although less successful, Microsoft tried to mimic that Apple look and feel in their stores. Amazon has blazed a path of enhanced online shopping? Yes, I would call them retailers.
What a dangerous precedent this sets! I understand the math perspective but caution that ignoring the behavioral perspective could be enormously destructive. Imagine the impact when the company asks them to share their experience on that very company's website (and they all do!)? Or their social networks?
Without coordinating a content strategy with the company's marketing team? Without assistance writing a compelling message? Without great imagery? Without a process or platform to ensure repeated distribution? Without an understanding that sharing content effectively on social isn't easy to do right?
Talk about bad PR. However noble The North Face thought they were being, the attention this is getting only highlights the company's dependency on the oil and gas industry The North Face chose to discriminate against. Why not take the order and insert a card in each jacket pocket, telling the recipient you've planted a tree on their behalf, then go and plant a few hundred trees?
I can't wrap my head around the correlation between hazard pay and/or providing a higher minimum wage being "more meaningful for front-line workers’ long-term well-being." $15/hour is meaningless if you lack substantial healthcare and are on a ventilator.
The operative word here is "fraud" and I am reminded that every good marketing tactic that has ever been devised ends up getting effed-up by greedy and unscrupulous marketers and business people. In this instance, were I the decision maker at the retailer, I'd try to identify and remove any and all fake reviews. If a vendor is found to be complicit in posting them, then the power of the charge-back should curb that behavior. But in typical FTC form, the ruling offers no teeth and will only serve to encourage such activities.
A terrific opportunity for the store, the employees and potentially the consumer, assuming their training also places an emphasis on delivering a great customer experience. Too bad Macy's doesn't have such a program....