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Why Acquisitions Make Sense In Consumer And Retail

When I evaluate companies in the consumer and retail space, one of the most important questions I try to answer is “Who will acquire this business in 5-7 years?”<p>Of the two most common exits for private companies—IPOs and acquisitions—the latter outcome is far more common among consumer and retail …

Grocery delivery service Instacart set to open in L.A.

Instacart is bringing its same-day grocery delivery service to Los Angeles, utilizing a crowdsourced model of personal shoppers who provide their own transportation and smartphones to shop for and deliver groceries to customers.<p>Starting Thursday, customers can order groceries and other items from …

100 Christmas Cocktail and Drink Recipes to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Maybe just half a drink more...<p>It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and that means presents, sweets, parties, and most importantly, holiday booze. If you're already feeling eggnog'd out just thinking about the holidays, try one of these 100 cocktails we've gathered—from hot buttery rum …

A Visionary CEO Changes The Face Of Pet Care And Commerce

When Brock Weatherup arrived at PetFoodDirect.com four years ago, it was a struggling pure play e-commerce company. His vision was to turn the site into a pet food subscription business “before subscriptions were sexy” — but he quickly discovered he was going to need to do more than that in order …

Growing 35% Monthly, Instacart Introduces “Express,” Its Amazon Prime Equivalent For Grocery Delivery

Today Instacart, a popular Bay Area grocery delivery service, released its “Express” service option to the general public. Express, which is akin to Amazon’s Prime, charges a flat yearly fee of $99, which gives customers free deliveries with minor restrictions. Express had been in a lengthy beta to …

Quants: the maths geniuses running Wall Street

Forget Gordon Gekko. Old-style City traders are being replaced by maths geniuses who use super-computers to beat the markets. But are 'quants’ a force for good or evil?<p>At seven minutes past one on the afternoon of Tuesday April 23 this year a tweet from the AP news agency in Washington was …

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Shop Online, Pick Up in Store?

Shopping online makes it easy for customers to find exactly what they want without scouring store shelves for elusive gadgets, dishware, or …

Why Walmart Still Hasn't Crushed the Regional Grocery Store

To succeed in India, a company must meet these three criteria

Many multinational companies are quite pleased with their performance in India. That’s because they have set quite a low bar for success. To most, the fact that their business in India is meeting budget or growing at double-digit rates is significant.<p>But that isn’t success. Companies can be growing …

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To Beat Showrooming, Retailers Must Think Outside The Box

Make no mistake, showrooming is crushing brick and mortar– increasingly pushing in-store sales online, where they’re almost always inevitably cheaper. With the online retail spend growing by 16 percent last year, and retailers like Best Buy and recently Target creating Amazon-price-matching …

How Did We Get Here? A Short History of Retail

We’re living in a time of incredible change. Cliché, yes, but true all the same. Every once in a while, I like to step back and think where this all …

Costco CEO Craig Jelinek Leads the Cheapest, Happiest Company in the World

How this week's cover got made Joe Carcello has a great job. The 59-year-old has an annual salary of $52,700, gets five weeks of vacation a year, and …

Incredible New JCPenney Ad: We Screwed Up

Now, in an unprecedented move, the company is admitting it totally screwed up.<p>JCPenney's latest ad acknowledges the missteps the company has made in the past year.<p>"It's no secret. Recently JCPenney changed," the company says in the new ad uploaded to its YouTube channel. "Some changes you liked, …

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Warren Buffett On Teaching Kids Smart Investing, With Cartoons

Warren Buffett is a very busy businessman. He is in fact, currently the third richest person in the world, knocking off Zara billionaire Amancio Ortega from the number three spot on the Forbes Billionaire list. As of the end of the trading day on Monday, Warren Buffett had a net worth of $54.9 …