Walmart Feels Its Organic Wild Oats

RetailWire Discussion: Walmart and Wild Oats to roll back organic food prices

I saw these (very attractive) products in Walmart recently and they represent well on the shelf. What great timing on the heels of Target's recent move. My comments on the Target story yesterday apply here as well. It makes sense for Walmart to merchandise these items together on occasion in order to showcase the variety and value being offered. These brands will also "show" well in Walmart's small format stores and hopefully will be out in full force in those locations.

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Online Retail Poor Stage for Loehmann’s Revival

RetailWire Discussion: Loehmann's gets new life as e-tailer

I'm not feeling this one. Loehmann's left the physical retail world because its brand no longer resonated as a destination for low-cost fashion. To assume that shoppers will crawl the darker spaces of the Internet to seek the brand out seems like quite a stretch. With Amazon attacking fashion at the same time, the timing couldn't be worse.

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How Lululemon Can Make Lemonade

RetailWire Discussion: Is Lululemon's new approach different than the old approach?

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Job one for Lululemon's newly-minted CEO, Laurent Potdevin is to shore up loyalty among its current fans while they are still saying "please don't make us leave". The good news is that most of the company's problems have stemmed from unforced errors so the strategy should center on a zero-tolerance policy on cutting corners. Given his past experience building feel-good, community-oriented brand TOMS, Mr. Potdevin should have a few tricks up his sleeve when it comes to rebuilding Lululemon's tribe. For the short term, open and frequent dialog with Lululemon's customers through social media will serve the brand well. Encouraging feedback and giving Lululemon customers a positive place to use their voices would make a lot of sense as well. Currently, the majority of the company's postings are closed-ended. 

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