Retailers Counterbalance Instinct With Data-Driven Insight
By John Bible
From Retail Online Integration
There remains a significant opportunity to turn rich troves of data into dollars by better demand measurement and management. Why is this urgent? Online competitors are ruled by data scientists who define retail as a data mining and optimization problem. They're data driven in ways that traditional retailers simply haven't experienced. ... more »
Done is Better Than Perfect
By Joe Palzkill
Joe Palzkill   I was reading an article about Facebook recently and took note of the social network's motto, "Done is better than perfect." That took me back a few years, specifically to Lands' End in the 90s. One of my boss' favorite sayings was, "Don't let perfect be the enemy of good." Recognizing the shared genealogy in those two phrases, I spent a distracted... more »
Wal-Mart Faults Tracy Morgan for Not Wearing Seat Belt During Car Accident
From The Hollywood Reporter
Walmart Logo   On Monday, Wal-Mart delivered its answer in a New Jersey federal court to "30 Rock" actor Tracy Morgan's lawsuit arising from a six-car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. Among nine affirmative defenses, Wal-Mart says that injuries "were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs' failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device." Morgan was among several people... more »
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eBay, PayPal to Split Into Two Separately Traded Companies
From ZDNet
eBay logo   eBay plans to spin of its PayPal mobile payments unit into a separate publicly traded company. The online auction site revealed the move in an announcement Tuesday, as reported by The New York Times. The business split, which places both eBay and PayPal on the path activist investor Carl Icahn has been fighting for, will see both reformed as separate publicly... more »
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Judge Rejects Settlement Over Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Jeffries’ Pay
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Abercrombie_logo   A federal judge has rejected the settlement of a lawsuit challenging longtime Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Michael Jeffries' pay, saying it offered little benefit to shareholders despite serious allegations of wrongdoing. The Aug. 29 settlement was meant to resolve claims that Abercrombie should not have awarded Jeffries more than $140 million since 2007 and let him rack up heavy travel... more »
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4 Ways Amazon’s Ruthless Practices Are Crushing Local Economies
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Amazon logo   Even by the anything-goes ethical code of the corporate jungle,'s alpha male Jeff Bezos is considered a ruthless predator by businesses that deal with him. As overlord of Amazon, by far the largest online retailer in the U.S. (with more sales than the next nine U.S. online retailers combined), Bezos has the monopoly power to stalk, weaken and even... more »
Dollar Store Foot Traffic Jumps 14% as Millennials Shop Deep Discounters
From Forbes
Dollar_Tree_logo   If anyone is still wondering what's behind the bidding war for Family Dollar, look no further than this: visits to dollar stores were up 14 percent last quarter. Yes, 14 percent. Dollar stores, or the extreme discount segment, are capturing an ever-growing portion of shoppers' dollars, according to the NPD Group's Shopping Activity Services report. While some of this increase... more »
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