Taxes and the Right Way to Run a Successful Retail Business Taxes and the Right Way to Run a Successful Retail Business

Taxes and the Right Way to Run a Successful Retail Business

No well-run retail business ever based a single important decision or developed an important strateg...

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4 October 2017 by George
The Customer-Donation Drive That Touched Everyone’s Heart The Customer-Donation Drive That Touched Everyone’s Heart

The Customer-Donation Drive That Touched Everyone’s Heart

Back when I was the corporate leader of the UGG retail organization (UGG-Australia footwear) for its...

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18 September 2017 by George
What Will It Take for Amazon to Succeed with Whole Foods?  The Rest of the Formula What Will It Take for Amazon to Succeed with Whole Foods? The Rest of the Formula

What Will It Take for Amazon to Succeed with Whole Foods? The Rest of the Formula

Amazon made some quick and dramatic changes to Whole Foods as soon as they became the shop owners la...

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11 September 2017 by George
Leadership: Retail Communities, the National Community, and Putting People First Leadership: Retail Communities, the National Community, and Putting People First

Leadership: Retail Communities, the National Community, and Putting People First

Just this week, Howard Shultz, founder and chairman of Starbucks, held a company-wide meeting to tal...

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18 August 2017 by George

The Five Laws of Retail

On the fine art of retailing for greatest business success.

“You might conclude that The Five Laws are pretty much common sense … In fact, it’s not easy to get all the pieces right simultaneously. If it were otherwise, we would have a lower business-failure rate and fewer customer horror-stories to complain about. Because it isn’t easy, you need a roadmap—a navigation system—to show you the way. This book is that system.” —Douglas K. Barry, PhD, U.S. Department of Commerce

Vionic Footwear Is the Latest Wholesaler to Expand into Brick-and Mortar-Retail: Why Should They?

On November 2, 2017, the Vionic footwear brand opened its first retail store on the second floor of the Westfield Center in downtown San Francisco. Although a temporary location, the store’s 3,500-square-foot showroom showcases the entire width and breadth of the brand for the holiday season. Vionic footwear has a...
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Taxes and the Right Way to Run a Successful Retail Business

No well-run retail business ever based a single important decision or developed an important strategy based on their tax rate. Ever. The corporate tax rate is entirely irrelevant to developing and executing a successful retail strategy. That would be like saying, “I’ll decide the color of the car I am...
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The Customer-Donation Drive That Touched Everyone’s Heart

Back when I was the corporate leader of the UGG retail organization (UGG-Australia footwear) for its U.S. stores, we used to collect donations from customers for the Boys and Girls Club of America. The store teams took this on as a mission, not just as a perfunctory task to get...
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What Will It Take for Amazon to Succeed with Whole Foods? The Rest of the Formula

Amazon made some quick and dramatic changes to Whole Foods as soon as they became the shop owners last week, namely to bring the retail pricing on several key items in line with customers’ expectations. (Whole Foods has long been perceived as being overpriced; the company’s nickname is “Whole Paycheck”...
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