Monthly Archives: January 2009

30 Jan 2009

Dell’s smartphone strategy…..Are they dialling the wrong number?

Raj Bhatt

The Wall Street Journal reported that Dell has been working for over a year on Android and Windows-based smartphone designs (click here). WSJ claims that Dell has been meeting component manufacturers, software vendors and handset manufacturers for its smartphone project. CNet’s Crave blog (click here) quotes Jeff Kagan, a reputed telecom analyst, saying that the [...]

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29 Jan 2009

What’s fizzing between Cott and Walmart?

Raj Bhatt

Cott, the world’s largest private label (retail brand) soft drink provider, announced that Walmart USA had informed them of a 3 year phase-out of its exclusive carbonated soft drink (CSD) supply agreement (click here) . This means that Walmart can source one-third of its private label soft drinks from other vendors in 2010, two-thirds of [...]

beverages, Cott, CSD, fizz, private label, sourcing, Walmart

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27 Jan 2009

The french fries wars… who’s the fattiest of them all !

Raj Bhatt

There is an interesting column by Sarah Fuss in Yahoo! Fresh Picks today (click here) which compares the french fries of various restaurant chains. I found the article very interesting. So here is an excerpt of the article: Sarah compared these seven restaurants:-Arby’s Curly Fries-Burger King’s French Fries-Carl’s Jr.’s Natural-Cut Fries-Dairy Queen’s French Fries-Jack in [...]

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23 Jan 2009

Domino’s vs Subway: The sandwich wars

Raj Bhatt

A few days ago Domino’s ran an ad on Fox’s American Idol, claiming that consumers preferred Domino‚Äôs new oven baked sandwiches over Subway’s by a margin of two-to-one. The results were part of an independent taste test conducted on Domino’s behalf.(click here for Brandweek article on the issue). Subway’s CEO, Jeff Moody, has complained (click [...]

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17 Jan 2009

Retail layaway programs revisited

Raj Bhatt

I had blogged last month about the holiday layaway programs at Sears, KMart, and other retailers (click here). I had said that layaway programs will definitely increase in popularity compared to last year. However many credit-strapped US consumers may not have the financial and mental discipline to take the offer. Apparently I was wrong. According [...]

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15 Jan 2009

Should Abercrombie discount?….Part Deux

Raj Bhatt

I had blogged a few days back on whether Abercrombie should discount its apparel (Read here). In my opinion they should consider selective discounts on slow-moving seasonal inventory so that they don’t have to conduct a fire sale at the end of the season. Looks like the Abercrombie pricing issue is attracting more attention (click [...]

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15 Jan 2009

Should retailers honour rivals’ gift cards ?

Raj Bhatt

In December, HH Gregg announced that it would honour gift cards sold by it’s now bankrupt rival, Circuit City till the Super Bowl weekend (click here). HH Gregg checks the balance on the gift card and the balance can be applied for a 20% discount on merchandise only(click here). Similarly, Toys’R'Us announced on January 12 [...]

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11 Jan 2009

A recession strategy for newspapers

Raj Bhatt

On Dec 12, The Tribune Company, which owns iconic newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, Morning Call and Daily Press, announced that it was seeking bankruptcy protection (click here). Circulation numbers for US newspapers have declined significantly (Sep’08) compared to last year. Leading newspaper [...]

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