No Retreat, No Surrender

Analyzing and commenting on the hot topics in business, politics, and economics globally

I do not play favorites nor do I criticize to be malicious or disrespectful. My goal is simple: Provide opinions that help cut through noise, educate, uncover lies and half-truths, and provide clarity.

The Biggest Opportunity In Retail

The Biggest Opportunity In Retail

I often write about the topic of retail strategy because I find the topic interesting, and I have a way of coming up with ideas that generate a lot of interest from Wall Street, retail analysts, business executives and casual followers of the retail industry. For...

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Retail Recommendations 2021

Retail Recommendations 2021

I rarely write articles outlining predictions for retail. However, this is year is different because of all the ridiculous articles that have been appearing regarding what to expect in 2021. Specifically, I can't get over how many reporters and authors have all stated...

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Stop & Shop Needs A Makeover

Stop & Shop Needs A Makeover

With the exception of wine, fine art and antiques, few things age well. This is especially true when it comes to retailers. The retail industry is littered with empty stores of companies that failed to invest wisely in technology, store operations, supply chain...

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Ocado, AutoStore and Kroger: What’s Next?

Ocado, AutoStore and Kroger: What’s Next?

On October 1st, 2020, the British online retailer, Ocado, was sued by the Norwegian-based robotics company, AutoStore. AutoStore contends that its storage system and robots are the foundation on which the “Ocado Smart Platform” (OSP) technology was built and on which...

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Inside Information

Inside Information

I have an agreement with many individuals who gave me permission to write about the topics we discuss as long as I don't use their names or provide information that would allow them to be identified. Having such agreements is valuable to me as it allows me to learn...

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What Is The Best Micro-fulfillment Solution On The Market?

What Is The Best Micro-fulfillment Solution On The Market?

I recently hosted two webinars on the topic of micro-fulfillment centers (MFC). You can download and watch the webinars here and here. Based on the size of the audience for each webinar and the number of questions asked by audience members, the topic of...

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This Is Why Whole Foods Is Failing

This Is Why Whole Foods Is Failing

According to this Bloomberg article, trips to Whole Foods in September were down 25% from a year earlier. This is alarming when compared to Kroger, Walmart and other grocery retailers that have seen massive increases in store traffic and online sales primarily as a...

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Tortoise Cart Is In Big Demand By Retailers: Here’s Why

Tortoise Cart Is In Big Demand By Retailers: Here’s Why

A challenge faced by all retailers that offer last mile delivery is how to reduce the cost of the delivery. For example, a delivery made to a customer within a two-mile radius of a store or a fulfillment center will cost a retailer between $10 to $15. Grocery...

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Walmart and Kroger’s ‘We Too’ Moment

Walmart and Kroger’s ‘We Too’ Moment

An interesting fact that I've pointed out in several articles I've written about the grocery industry is that Walmart has been selling groceries for over 30 years, and Kroger has been selling groceries for over 100 years. One would think that with so much experience,...

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This Is Why Walmart Partnered With Instacart

This Is Why Walmart Partnered With Instacart

A challenge that most former Amazon executives face when they leave the company for a new opportunity, is failing to realize the company they're going to is nothing like Amazon. What makes Amazon unique is that there is no such thing as the words 'can't' or...

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