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. 


  • What would 3,000 AmazonGo stores do to the U.S. retail landscape?
    on September 20, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Bezos is like a bloodhound when it comes to sniffing out "broken retail" issues that the industry ignores. Then, he finds a fix and becomes the "hated disruptor." Except to the shoppers, who love that he simplified something that needed it! If the dinner "logjam" fix is 3,000 Amazon Go outlets, kudos too Bezos for being big and bold enough to go after it! […]

  • Walmart expands test of giant automated grocery kiosk
    on September 17, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    This is exactly what I love about Walmart...test, test, test and try, try, try to innovate for the shopper. Never count Walmart out! […]

  • Are grocers shortchanging flexitarians?
    on September 17, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    It's so difficult to understand the plant--based options most stores have on hand. Why don't grocers publish a list of items with package shots and aisle locations so shoppers can feel good about the learning process and save time too? […]

  • Analyst: Whole Foods’ lower price claims are mostly ‘noise’
    on September 13, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    For the most part, I'm willing to pay more for better and more choices of organic foods. But I want my Prime discounts on more than just sale items. If Whole Foods wants to earn regular shoppers for the bigger trips, it might need to demonstrate the savings potential in real ways. Like a basket-to-basket price comparison of quality organic foods versus regular grocers. Bring it! […]

  • Grab and go and yadda-yadda
    on September 10, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Retailers that are having success with "grab and go" meals are setting patterns for what days will feature inventory of specific meals. That way, shoppers can anticipate menus and be more certain of fresh meals on a regular schedule. The Fresh Market does this well, and could expand the space they devote to this idea. […]