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David Pinto

Virus advice: follow directions

The coronavirus has become, in very short order, the compelling story of the year, a year in which the upcoming presidential election until recently threatened or promised to drown out every other story. Simply put, America, and the rest of the world, doesn’t know how to respond, or indeed if any response is either adequate

ECRM’s impact greater than ever

ECRM’s impact greater than ever

Under the innovative and productive leadership of Greg Farrar, ECRM, the retailer- and supplier-focused sales and marketing organization, has emerged as one of the most important trade organizations serving the mass retailing community. This didn’t happen overnight. When Farrar signed on as ECRM’s president some seven years ago, the organization, which had been founded over

Walmart recognized for unrivaled omnichannel retailing

Walmart recognized for unrivaled omnichannel retailing

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — Recognizing the dramatically changing mass retailing marketplace, the editors of Mass Market Retailers have selected Walmart as the initial recipient of the publication’s newly created award for the most outstanding U.S. omnichannel ­retailer. The designation of Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, for this recognition was not a difficult decision. In 2019, the

When price is an afterthought

On the day before Thanksgiving an acquaintance of ours wandered into a CVS drug store in Mendham, N.J. There, at the store’s entrance, was a display, a Disney Lionel train set. Price: $79.95. Our acquaintance, a longtime Lionel train buff, immediately snapped it up, took it home, assembled the track and, by 8:00 that night,

Walmart again setting the pace

Walmart again setting the pace

Amid all the activity that promises to characterize mass market retailing this fall, one name stands out above the rest when it comes to innovation: Walmart. With the usual group of pundits and soothsayers once again predicting the demise or minimization of brick-and mortar retailing, and with online shopping threatening to crowd out the traditional

McMillon seeks a higher value

McMillon seeks a higher value

Doug McMillon, chief executive officer of Walmart, was in the news recently for all the right reasons. Bucking traditional business wisdom, he announced new restrictions on Walmart’s program around gun sales. No longer, he announced, would the nation’s largest retailer sell certain types of ammunition. More than that, customers would be discouraged from entering Walmart

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