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.
Can Papa John’s recover from its founder’s racial slur?
on July 16, 2018 at 2:04 pm
Despite the fact that one man isn't the whole brand, John Schnatter misrepresented the company brand to thousands of dedicated employees and customers in a most offensive way. He should be accountable for business losses over the next five years while the so-called "forgive and forget" period happens. I, for one, am finished with the company. […]
Target offers discounts as teachers prep for back-to-school
on July 16, 2018 at 1:56 pm
Target is making a decent effort here and it will likely help sales. But retailers should step up and offer discounts to anyone who will help fund a teacher's legit wish list for a classroom. I know it's hard to get that type of program organized but I can think of many grandparents who would willingly put $50 into a teacher's supply account. Senior spending power can be applied toward a greater good. […]
Nike launches digitally-led store
on July 13, 2018 at 2:35 pm
Simply stated, the idea of stores being "service hubs" instead of product hubs is a concept more retailers could, and should embrace. […]
Google and Shopify team up to blunt Amazon’s digital ad push
on July 12, 2018 at 1:53 pm
Home-based shopping seems poised for big growth, so Google is doing the right things to get its overall share of voice-activated commerce. Home Depot is playing it smart to connect with Google Home early as well, as Amazon continues to develop private brands in the home improvement category. […]
New CEO focused on keeping the Dunkin’ brand relevant
on July 12, 2018 at 1:47 pm
Dunkin' concept stores seem to be a good direction for the brand's beverage-driven future. The doughnut can clearly take a back seat role. But I do hope they continue to develop additional healthier food options for on-the-go patrons. Maybe they could form a partnership with Kind? […]