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Canadian Retail Outlook

I recently presented at a conference in Toronto, including an update on the outlook for retail and key retail growth drivers that retailers and brands need to attend to. The Canadian macro context and retail have been more volatile than the US for entirely different reasons, relating more to Oil Patch, inflation, and currency volatility versus its largest trading partner

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Amazon’s Alexa Turns One & Adds Voice Activated Enabling of Skills (Apps)

Does anyone think this makes sense?  Yes Amazon is all about customer centricity and simplifying things for its customers, but absent Alexa having voice security to only respond to a specific voice anything aloud saying “Alexa Enable [Fill in any capability app you wish] skill” and away she goes. As Mashable published back in March  Alexa can be activated and can

Shoppers

Older Households are Fastest Growing and Largest Opportunity for Food Retail Prepared Foods and Dine In Programs

In updating Charts and Tables for some of the standard views of Spending by Age Group from the BLS data to support two key points about consumer drivers of change for retail: As population segments age their spending at retail declines – even for food When you consider the economic challenges for Millennials and next up Gen Z, the decline in spending

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Fairfield County Giving Day

TODAY! Today March 10th is Fairfield County Giving Day. I know, one of the richest areas of the USA, but there are real needs to support. Some of my favorites

Retail Disruptors

Alibaba CEO Outlines 2016 Growth Strategy

  With all the turmoil in the Chinese Market – both financial and consumer. Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang has stepped up and announced a shift in direction from developing China’s

Retail Disruptors

Canadian Retail Outlook

I recently presented at a conference in Toronto, including an update on the outlook for retail and key retail growth drivers that retailers and brands need to attend to. The

Uncategorized

Amazon’s Alexa Turns One & Adds Voice Activated Enabling of Skills (Apps)

Does anyone think this makes sense?  Yes Amazon is all about customer centricity and simplifying things for its customers, but absent Alexa having voice security to only respond to a

Exclusive & Private Brands

Amazon Dash Launches Exclusive Co-Developed Products with Brita

Amazon, just off a week of launching private label fashion, this week has launched a co-developed “smart” IOT connected Brita Infinity Pitcher from the Clorox Company. The device uses Amazon Dash Replenishment connectivity