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How Good Are Walmart’s Debt Ratios? Very!!

For a while now, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.’s financial performance across several measures, especially in the United States, has not been up to the expectations of stock analysts — or the retailer’s own senior executives. Consider these recent headlines:  “Walmart Slashes … Continue reading

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Dylan’s Candy: Using Data Well

As noted at its Web site,  “In 2001, Dylan Lauren [yes, the daughter of Ralph] pioneered creating the world’s largest confectionery emporium and lifestyle brand, Dylan’s Candy Bar. By merging the worlds of art, fashion, and pop culture with candy, … Continue reading

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Free Resources from the Retail Owners Institute

As we have have reported many times (see, for example, 1, 2, 3, 4), the Retail Owners Institute (ROI) is a tremendous resource for those interested in starting and/or expanding a small retail business. Take a look at all of … Continue reading

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The Best Category Captains for Convenience Stores

Each year, Convenience Store News (CSN) recognizes the best category captains in this retailing sector. As CSN’s Don Longo reports for its 2016 winners: “Category captains are in your customers’ brains. These category leaders not only know what consumers want to eat, … Continue reading

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Price Shopping Online Before Visiting the Store

As we have reported before (click here, for example), even when consumers shop in a store, most U.S. Internet users use the Internet for pre-store shopping — especially to see what the best prices are. eMarketer sums up the situation … Continue reading

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Receipts Can Provide Big Data

Retailers have a great data resource that may be underutilized and underanalyzed: the ordinary E-mail receipt. Take a look at this infographic created by Receiptful.  From Visually.  

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Four 2016 Video Forecasts by TIAA-CREF’s Chief Economist

TIAA-CREF, the full-service investment firm that manages nearly $835 billion in assets, recently produced a series of short videos about the year ahead (2016) featuring its Chief Economist Tim Hopper.  1. The U.S. economy should accelerate modestly this year. 2. Fed rate … Continue reading

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