Is the lack of Wal-Mart actually a tax?

photo credit: Lordcolus A lot of thoughts come to mind both ways about Wal-Mart‘s effect on local businesses and consumers. No shortage of them are provoked by this Forbes op/ed saying that the lack of access to Wal-Mart in NYC is actually a tax, and continues by stating that building a WalMart in NYC is economic […]

David Apple wastes no time, passes Goliath Wal-Mart in music sales

Just a few days ago, I was talking about iTunes passing Amazon and Best Buy in 2007 total music sales. That’s all kinds – CD and downloaded music. Didn’t take long for that to become old news. On Tuesday, a leaked Apple memo shows that January 2008 music industry numbers from NPD indicates that Apple […]

Competing with Walmart – this guy gets it.

Last week, a story in the Flathead Beacon (a weekly print/internet paper that carries my business column) discussed a Whitefish MT store called Main Street Art and Crafts Supplies. Main Street offers arts and crafts, but takes things to the next level, by offering classes in cake decorating, stained glass, etc. One quote leaped out […]

Good, Better, Best

You’ve seen it a million times. Good, Better, Best. Yugo, Chevy, Cadillac. Penney’s, Bali, Victoria’s Secret. Regular gas, mid-range gas, premium gas. WalMart, Zales, Tiffany & Co. And so on. In every population, marketing tests repeatedly show that there’s a fairly stable percentage of people who buy…