Organizational Development

January 16, 2018

What Lies Ahead... Preparing for 2018.

Author: Tim Curtis

2018 is going to be a transformative and disruptive year.  It's clear that tectonic plates are moving in interesting ways, and these shifts favor digitally-savvy consumers and brands.  Furthermore, unprecedented levels of new retail and technology startup activity flooding the market ...

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October 4, 2017

Holiday Checklist for Success

Author: George Mollo

'Twas the months before Christmas... ...

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July 19, 2017

Now Hiring: A Guide to Staffing for Amazon, Google Shopping and My Own Website

Author: Tim Curtis & Erik Martinez

Amazon is everywhere – so much so, we take it for granted. Dynamic pricing, flawless distribution... that’s Amazon.  ...

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June 20, 2017

Summer To-Do List: Deep Work with a Beach Ball

Author: Andrea Syverson

In my closing session at last month’s CohereOne Integrated Marketing Summit, I shared several concepts from authors’ work whose messages have significantly influenced my strategic branding work.  In case you missed the Summit (a wonderful gathering of curious, smart and ...

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July 13, 2016

Finding and Keeping Data-Oriented Marketers

Author: Lorelle Carpenter

When I was head of the marketing team at Dover Saddlery, one of my biggest problems was finding data-oriented marketers to grow the ecommerce, database, and creative teams. Because data-driven marketing is not commonly practiced, relying upon a candidate's past experience at other companies was ...

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April 6, 2016

Building a

Author: Allen Abbott

In the April 3rd edition of the New York Times Magazine, Bruce Schoenfeld presents a fascinating story about Joe Lacob, the majority owner of the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.  Mr. Lacob and his partners purchased the team 6 years ago for $450 million, an absurd sum at the time ...

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March 7, 2016

Great Retailers Have Great Merchants

Author: John Lenser

I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal, titled: "Data Pushes Aside Chief Merchants"?  The article reported that "intuition is being displaced by algorithms," and that a new breed of chief merchant is being hired by large companies such as Kohl's, Target, ...

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December 9, 2015

The Key to Business Growth That No One Talks About

Author: Larry Kavanagh

Industry blogs and trade journals write incessantly about how to grow a retail business in today's Omni-multi-dystopian channel world. ...

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October 7, 2015

Six Keys to a Successful Strategic Plan

Author: Allen Abbott

If you bought into my earlier discussion of why strategic planning is still so very important (click here), here are six things to remember when preparing for your own strategic planning meeting: ...

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September 16, 2015

How Important is Strategic Planning?

Author: Allen Abbott

I was at a conference a while back, listening to a version of "Ted Talks," where each speaker was given 8-10 minutes to cover a topic of their choice. One speaker took an interesting stand and recommended that we stop spending time on strategic planning, since things change so quickly ...

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