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? […]