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George Anderson

Editor-in-Chief, RetailWire
George Anderson has extensive executive-level experience in editorial, marketing and sales in the advertising, retail/wholesale and print, video and digital media industries. Mr. Anderson has served as the editorial voice of RetailWire since the site's founding in 2002 and has been interviewed by a wide variety of media outlets including the Charlotte Observer, Providence Journal, MarketWatch, NPR, Wall Street Journal Radio and others. Previously, Mr. Anderson served as president and creative director of the IdeaBeat Creative division of IdeaBeat.com. His duties included creating Online Profit Guides and Company Spotlights recognized as "Best of the Net" by About.com for a blue-chip list of consumer goods manufacturers and technology companies. Before joining IdeaBeat, Mr. Anderson created a successful sales and marketing communications and custom publishing company called Not Your Average Agency. Mr. Anderson's experience includes eight years with Progressive Grocer Associates/Maclean Hunter Media, where he held a variety of marketing services and sales management roles. His assignments included work in the company's four divisions including Progressive Grocer, Frozen Food Age, Retail Technology, and Retail Insights (Supermarket Insights and Convenience Store Insights video division.) For editorial inquiries, please contact George at: RetailWire 116 South Union Avenue Cranford, NJ 07016 908-325-2499
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  • Posted on: 11/14/2019

    Shoptalk makes a statement with a conference featuring only women speakers

    Shoptalk is demonstrating with this announcement that there are many great minds within the industry to address the educational needs of the thousands of industry professionals who attend its conference. It just happens to turn out in this case that they are all women. As an aside, I can't remember anyone using the word gimmick to describe speaker lineups comprised solely of men way back when I first started attending trade shows.
  • Posted on: 10/23/2019

    Best Buy is ready for Christmas with free next-day deliveries for almost everyone

    If I'm shopping for consumer electronics I know that I'm likely to check both Amazon and Best Buy before making a purchase online or in a store. Price and delivery times being equal, I'm probably ordering from Best Buy even though I have a Prime membership. That's because Best Buy has a technical support system in place that Amazon currently can't match.
  • Posted on: 10/23/2019

    Do angry shoppers make happier customers?

    When I first started thinking about this, I too thought the time and dollars invested in this research could have been spent better elsewhere. After further reflection, however, I think maybe the word anger is the issue here. Many, rightly so, think that being angry, especially very angry, can cloud a person's judgement. I do think a better word may have been disenchantment, known or unknown, which can be exploited by retailers and brands for their own benefit. Isn't that what Best Buy and Walmart are doing when they advertise free next-day delivery without a membership being required? Each is clearly trying to drive a wedge between Amazon and some of its Prime members. Perhaps an Amazon customer being reminded of the money they plunk down on their annual subscription becomes disenchanted (angry) enough to drop their Prime membership and move on.
  • Posted on: 10/15/2019

    Will customers give Walmart the keys to their homes?

    I loved Streamline. They would deliver to a refrigerator that they provided, which was located in a detached garage. Don't think I would have been willing to let them into our home if that was the only option.
  • Posted on: 07/09/2019

    Will a worker walkout put a kink in Amazon’s Prime Day results?

    Amazon provided the following statement to RetailWire: "The fact is Amazon offers already what this outside organization is asking for. We provide great employment opportunities with excellent pay – ranging from $16.25-$20.80 an hour, and comprehensive benefits including health care, up to 20 weeks parental leave, paid education, promotional opportunities, and more. We encourage anyone to compare our pay, benefits, and workplace to other retailers and major employers in the Shakopee community and across the country – and we invite anyone to see for themselves by taking a tour of the facility."
  • Posted on: 06/10/2019

    Walmart debuts store-to-fridge fresh food delivery service

    We were Streamline customers back then and had an outdoor refrigerator on our screened-in porch. Loved the service, yet always wondered how they would financially account for the refrigerators. As it turned out, they didn't. At least we got a free fridge out of the deal when all was said and done.
  • Posted on: 04/30/2019

    McDonald’s teams with AARP on national campaign to recruit older workers

    McDonald's must also be going for "the best last job" title with this approach. While I think many companies, particularly retailers, could benefit from putting older workers in customer-facing positions, I have lower expectations for foodservice jobs that are primarily based on speed.
  • Posted on: 03/27/2019

    Wait … did Whole Foods just open a bodega on Manhattan’s Westside?

    My question was whether it was staffed by the obligatory bodega cat?
  • Posted on: 11/16/2018

    RetailWire Christmas Commercial Challenge: Amazon vs. Best Buy

    Both the Amazon and Best Buy spots have their strengths as mentioned by those who have chimed in so far. I would add just one personal anecdote from researching this article. Our 11-year-old has been singing the chorus of The Jackson's "Can You Feel It" pretty much nonstop since she walked into my office earlier this week while I was watching the Amazon spot for the first time. She also watched the Best Buy spots, shrugged her shoulders and went on her way. Can you feel it?
  • Posted on: 11/05/2018

    Did Amazon just crush Target and Walmart’s free holiday shipping moves?

    “Free shipping is one of the easiest promotions to execute for a retailer and is certainly popular among consumers, however, it is a very costly initiative to undertake,” Moody’s lead retail analyst Charlie O’Shea, wrote in an email in RetailWire. “...Amazon’s patient and seemingly profit-agnostic shareholder base provides the company with the flexibility to offer this type of costly promotion, which is a unique competitive advantage.”
  • Posted on: 10/25/2018

    Can an Instagram-born luggage brand have staying power?

    Rakuten Intelligence published a report on Away back in August that found sales revenue for the brand grew 198.4 percent year-over-year, compared to 36.8 percent growth for all online luggage.
  • Posted on: 10/11/2018

    Is disruption coming to the alcohol beverage business?

    The mandates are state driven, so all it takes is one to get the ball rolling. Think of the legal marijuana business where medical adoption has led to recreational use with more states entering the category with each passing year.
  • Posted on: 10/03/2018

    Trader Joe’s success is a matter of values

    When I spent some time at Trader Joe's in the early 2000s, current and former Whole Foods' employees were probably the biggest group of people who applied for crew jobs at Trader Joe's. To a person, they would say that Whole Foods talked the talk, but the walk was another thing altogether. One problem that a small number of former WF people had when they went to TJ's was adapting to multiple jobs and not simply having one function. Most people thrive in that environment, but some do prefer to do the same thing day in and day out.
  • Posted on: 08/17/2018

    Walmart posts strongest U.S. comps in more than a decade

    Editor's note: To clarify should anyone be confused, Walmart's profit margin decline was 17 basis points, which represents .17 percent and not 17 percent. Investors would have been running around with their hair on fire had the latter percentage been the case.
  • Posted on: 07/03/2018

    Amazon announces Prime Day-and-a-half

    Moody's lead retail analyst Charlie O'Shea issued the following statement: “Amazon’s announcement that Prime Day will extend to 36 hours beginning at 3pm est on July 16, ratchets up the pressure on all of retail, with ‘counter measures’ sure to negatively impact margins throughout the sector. “More so than ever, we expect other retailers to roll out a heavy dose of promotions ahead, during, and after Prime Day in hopes of attracting shoppers and dollars, with some of the more challenged retailers facing the tough decision of how low to go. “With Whole Foods now in the picture, we expect Prime Day promotions to extend deep into the food sector, pressuring food retailers for the first time.”

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