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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    September 30, 2014

    Change What You Can Change

    The predatory nature of Amazon has led more than one retailer to the words of the famous Serenity Prayer: grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. A recent article in Isthmus by Jim Hightower outlines the tactics being used by the huge online retailer (with a database of 200 million customers) to take customers away from independent retailers. You may think this problem is limited to bookstores — and indeed, 40% of all new books are sold by Amazon, according to this ...

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  • Pamela Brill

    Talking Walnut

    Pamela Brill

    September 24, 2014

    Celebratory Cocktails: Momosas

    When I was pregnant with each of my daughters, my husband presented me with a stash of gourmet sodas in unusual flavors: key lime pie, pomegranate and even Shirley Temple (a throwback to my youth when my dad treated me one whenever we went out for dinner). It couldn’t have been more thoughtful…and depressing at the same time. Did I really think I could make it through nine long months without a sip of Chardonnay? Amazingly I did, but not without developing a strong dislike for pineapple-flavored bubbly stuff. If I’d hand my hands on Momosas while ...

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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    September 23, 2014

    PL: PROFIT OR PRESTIGE?

    The world of private labeling (PL) has an identity problem. On the one hand you have stores with a great reputation putting their names on products that fit their prestigious image, and on the other hand you have big box store brands offering private label merchandise as inexpensive (basically generic) alternatives to major brands. The advantage of private labels for discount retailers is that it allows them to come up with a name for their store or house brand that may sound somewhat prestigious — but the products brought in under their own label can be marked at whatever profit margin ...

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