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Changing Of The Guard At Walmart U.S.

News of Bill Simon’s departure as president/CEO of Walmart’s core U.S. business, just weeks after pressing the flesh at the company’s annual shareholders meeting, came as no surprise to analysts.

In their eyes, the writing was already on the wall in February when Simon was passed over for the top corporate slot, which was given to the younger and more digitally attuned Doug McMillon.

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News of Bill Simon’s departure as president/CEO of Walmart’s core U.S.
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Get Ready For The 64-Bit Tablet Generation

For the past 70 years, U.S. consumer marketers have embraced the concept of “generations.”  Generations categorize groups of people by their age and collective life experiences, as well as their likes, dislikes, and attitudes. Frequently targeted generations include the Greatest Generation (a.k.a., the Silent Generations or seniors), to baby boomers, gen-x-ers, millennials and boomlets (born after 2001).   

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For the past 70 years, U.S. consumer marketers have embraced the concept of “generations.”
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Analyst To Joly: Take The Lead On Internet Sales Tax

In a rare open letter, retail analyst David Strasser of Janney Capital Markets urged Best Buy president/CEO Hubert Joly to lead the charge on online sales tax collection.

The issue, he argued, is no longer retailer vs. e-tailer, but the future of the CE business and the health of our economy, as a new wave of Chinese e-commerce platforms threaten to further disrupt the industry with tax-free, factory-direct sales.

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In a rare open letter, retail analyst David Strasser of Janney Capital Markets urged Best Buy presid
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Easy Online Returns Yield Long-Term Dealer Benefits

E-commerce has changed the consumer purchase dynamic.  With so many places to shop, it’s now easier than ever to find great deals on practically every product under the sun.  However, price is no longer the sole (or even, in some cases, primary) factor in online purchase decisions; shipping costs, delivery times, warranties, supplementary offers and other issues also come into play.

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E-commerce has changed the consumer purchase dynamic.
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TV Retailing Across The Pond

The sphere of U.K. retail is undergoing a lot of changes at present, and it’s fair to say that it’s as competitive as it’s ever been.

More and more customers are now turning to discount stores in an attempt to make their shopping budgets go further, and the popularity of such outlets is being further secured by the rising quality of these reduced products.

Because of such discount chains, other outlets have to compete hard to lower their prices, or risk being left behind and losing substantial customer interest. That’s not something that any business wants.

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An U.K retailer gives high grades to ‘graded’ TV merchandising
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How CE Retailers Can Use Start-Ups To Ride The Alibaba Wave

There’s a perfect storm of retailing that’s brewing on the horizon. If you’re in the consumer electronics sector, then you have two choices as to how to deal with the approaching front: Either ride the wave or batten down the hatches.

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There’s a perfect storm of retailing that’s brewing on the horizon.

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