I’ve been an active Brain Trust panelist on RetailWire.com for over nine years. Here, you’ll find my contributions on a range of topics. Click any title below to read the full article with contributions from the other industry expert panelists. 

  • Will its newest small store format make Meijer a downtown destination?
    on June 27, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Meijer could put this kind of store in the city of Detroit and give Whole Foods a run for their money! […]

  • Will putting a spotlight on associates help boost Kroger’s business?
    on June 26, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Kroger has had employees and their stories as part of its strategic pillars for years. How is this different? It could be if I see "Kroger-branded" employees out in the community doing good and helping feed those many hunger-challenged families. But that's been the job of other types of organizations for so long that shoppers may not even notice Kroger people being involved directly. BOPIS offers a more direct opportunity for employee-customer interaction but moves the long-term needle in the online direction, potentially defeating the purpose. I'm not sure I "get" the strategy. […]

  • What happens now that Amazon is acquiring Whole Foods?
    on June 16, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    The ultimate disrupter has done it again! And just in time to set a new path for shoppers to get what they want, fresh foods, when they want and how they want! […]

  • Is IKEA really going to start selling on Amazon’s Marketplace?
    on June 9, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Data tells the story here. According to Prosper Insights & Analytics data from March 2017, there are two e-retailers taking share from the specialty channel of trade in furniture sales. One is Amazon and the other is Wayfair. IKEA still has a big share but it's slipping a bit. It makes sense that they'd at least want to test selling on a marketplace! […]

  • Is UNTUCKit the next big thing in apparel retailing?
    on June 6, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Do guys who would wear an untucked shirt really like shopping? I think UNTUCKit could encourage shoppers to sign up in stores or via pop-up retail for "the box at your door" -- follow the Stitch Fix model and eventually phase back out of the unproductive physical stores. […]