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. 

  • Cannabis-infused drink and food makers are high on grocery opportunities
    on October 12, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    The FDA has already approved a cannabis-based drug for the treatment of childhood epilepsy, and rescheduled the drug down from Class 1 to Class 5. Pharma, food and beverage companies have unmarked buildings that are testing all sorts of hemp/cannabis products in an effort too meet rising demand. The "cannabis demand train" has left the station and smart retailers will be buying tickets to ride. […]

  • Amazon pop-up gets the Good Housekeeping seal of approval
    on October 10, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Narrow, curated assortments are great for many shoppers, but I wish there were two choices or a clear good/better/best option. I believe the sales could potentially be way better on a per square foot basis. […]

  • Will Best Buy’s golden years strategy deliver long-term success?
    on October 10, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    The aging Boomer and senior segments have a real need for tech support and relationships in addition to a new set of products. Best Buy is making a strategic investment in a market that knows, trusts and will become grateful brand ambassadors! […]

  • Are retailers getting too political with voter registration campaigns?
    on October 5, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    I'm with Neil Saunders on this one! Amen. […]

  • There may be benefits to adding uncertainty to rewards programs
    on October 5, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Discovery, chance, mystery, surprise and delight are all essentially emotion-based concepts, and that's why they appeal to shoppers/consumers in the loyalty space. Many promotional campaigns use these tactics as well because they work! There's definitely room for more of this within retail! […]