Insights for 1-22-19

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Friday, January 18, 2019 3:22 PM Meaningful, comprehensive federal privacy legislation should not only aim to put consumers in control of their data, it should also shine a light on actors trafficking in your data behind the scenes. Some state laws are looking to accomplish just that, but right now there is no federal standard protecting Americans from these practices.

Insights for 1-18-19

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11:23 AM Real-time B2B dashboards will enable sales teams to have more efficient agreements with retailers, bringing trade budgets more in-line with media and becoming more transparent. Sales teams will focus on product assortment, ecommerce-specific packaging and retailer-exclusivity. Marketing teams will be able to access data to drive more informed optimizations of their media, including sales data from their distribution partners.

Insights for 1-17-19

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11:15 AM Almost all economists are forecasting a slowdown. … The global economy was firing on all cylinders in 2018 and now looks like we’ve got less strong and less synchronized global growth.

Insights for 1-16-19

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Monday, January 14, 2019 4:05 PM Consumers are using phones to support that store experience, and that’s part of the reason that the retail apocalypse didn’t quite happen the way it was projected to happen. Consumers are going back to the store, and mobile devices and investments in mobility actually have supported that outcome.

Insights for 1-15-19

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Monday, January 14, 2019 3:57 PM Restrictive state practice laws that are based on an antiquated perception of education and skills are holding patient care hostage, and it is only when we evolve these laws that patients will have access to the right kind of care. The bottom line: With more doctors of optometry geographically accessible, particularly in underserved areas, expanding their scope of practice makes good sense.

Insights for 1-14-19

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Friday, January 11, 2019 3:08 PM I can analyze — with my age, very well — my own matches and my own feelings. I have two great coaches, two of the best in the game, who give me their fair assessment, and I have a fitness coach who tells me if I’m moving good or not. They’re all open and honest towards me. I don’t want any sugarcoating; I want it real, and straight. That’s it. I know, always, where I’m at.

Insights for 1-11-19

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Thursday, January 10, 2019 3:16 PM People love bacon, and they love our iconic Big Mac, fresh beef Quarter Pounder burgers and world famous fries, so we had to see what would happen if we combined all that tastiness. As a bacon enthusiast myself, I’m proud to say that we’ve done right by bacon fans.

Insights for 1-10-18

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019 10:50 AM Given the many store closures across the U.S., the minimal changes in vacancy rates show how the retail sector has withstood the structural changes in the industry. Many feared that vacancy rates would soar and rents would plummet. This did not occur as the doomsday prognostications proved to be overblown.

Insights for 1-9-18

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019 2:39 PM The best marketing tactics aim to establish a retail brand identity that will drive loyalty and customer retention. By gathering data to refine products and services, analyzing consumer feedback to target the right markets and maintaining a consistent presence, brands can establish a meaningful connection with customers to increase their bottom line.

Insights for 1-8-19

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Monday, January 7, 2019 10:31 AM Physical retail embodies a social and tangible experience that America's Amazon-driven format of online retail has yet to duplicate. [And so] digital-first retailers are ... investing in extending their direct-to-consumer relationships by owning permanent storefronts in worthwhile locations.

Insights for 1-7-19

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Friday, January 4, 2019 11:53 AM Our competitors are from other industries that get more attention from consumers than us. People are willing to pay more to get a pair of sneakers than the right pair of glasses, which are at similar prices.

Insights 1-4-19

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Thursday, January 3, 2019 12:17 PM [Blake Nordstrom epitomized] the Nordstrom style of management – not being afraid to test things out, not being afraid to change, making decisions to invest in the business even though it causes short-term challenges.

Insights for 1-3-19

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019 11:03 AM Following very high profile data breaches and at best inappropriate use of customer data, retailers should expect their customers to be far more aware of and concerned about how their data is being collected, stored and ‘harvested.’

Insights for 1-2-19

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Friday, December 28, 2018 9:53 AM Consumer confidence decreased in December, following a moderate decline in November. Expectations regarding job prospects and business conditions weakened, but still suggest that the economy will continue expanding at a solid pace in the short-term. While consumers are ending 2018 on a strong note, back-to-back declines in ‘expectations’ are reflective of an increasing concern that the pace of economic growth will begin moderating in the first half of 2019.

Insights for 12-28-18

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Thursday, December 27, 2018 11:23 AM From shopping aisles to online carts, consumer confidence translated into holiday cheer for retail. By combining the right inventory with the right mix of online versus in-store, many retailers were able to give consumers what they wanted via the right shopping channels.