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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: 11/17/2020

    Will Amazon’s new online pharmacy disrupt the U.S. drugstore business?

    Charlie O'Shea, Moody's retail analyst covering Amazon, offered the following assessment in an email to RetailWire. “Similar to its foray into food, Amazon will find itself facing formidable, deeply-embedded competitors with voluminous store networks that are currently being heavily-leveraged to support drive-thru pick-up and home delivery,” said Mr. O’Shea. “That said, given Amazon’s patient shareholder base, the company will be able to absorb whatever costs necessary to grow this segment into a meaningful competitive position.”
  • Posted on: 11/10/2020

    Will Ulta shops turn Target into a beauty destination?

    Moody's VP and lead Target analyst Charlie O'Shea said in an emailed statement to RetailWire that the deal with Ulta Beauty is "credit positive" and will drive traffic in Target's stores and on target.com. “Beauty is an important category for Target, and this tie-up with Ulta will enhance its product line in many ways, including broader assortment and higher-end merchandise,” said Mr. O’Shea.“This is yet another meaningful example of the creativity the larger brick-and-mortar players are utilizing in their efforts to ensure increased store and website traffic.”
  • Posted on: 11/05/2020

    Did Gap just learn that no good tweet goes unpunished?

    What Bob said.
  • Posted on: 11/03/2020

    Sorry, Virginia, there will be no Santa at Macy’s

    The U.S. is setting daily records for new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations with the vast majority of the country posting spikes. Yesterday, there were over 93,000 cases reported. Over the past week, there has been an average of 85,563 cases per day. That's a 44 percent increase from two weeks earlier. The percentage increase in deaths has grown 13 percent during that time. More than 800 people are dying every day and the numbers just keep going up as the weather gets colder and Americans move indoors. We still, however, have people from the White House to every state in the nation who continue to act out in public suggesting that the very people trying to save their lives are making it up, profiteering or engaging in a violation of the civil liberties of others. There's no doubt that kids have borne much, if not most, of the brunt of this pandemic. While we are often quick to point out the loss of everyday things such as going to school, altered Halloween plans, no mall Santas, there is something that is even more devastating to young psyches - losing loved ones (grandparents, parents, siblings, etc,) to an invisible virus. Now is no time for leaders, whether in government or business, to do anything other than demonstrate through action and words that they are not going to sit around passively and watch this virus take any more lives. Doing so is not only an act of necessary self-preservation, it's the most patriotically American thing any citizen can do. Santa will understand.
  • Posted on: 11/03/2020

    2020 creeps up on the RetailWire Christmas Commercial Challenge

    I really liked the Hobby Lobby spot until I saw the guy walk into her house without a mask - talk about being out of touch. I also wondered when the two young people were going to realize that they had been set up by the old folks across the way. Is that sweet or creepy?
  • Posted on: 10/22/2020

    How crucial is last mile fulfillment to 7-Eleven and the c-store channel?

    As to the foodservice delivery piece: I think it's instructive to look at Chipotle's most current quarterly numbers. It shows revenues up 14 percent but the chain taking an earnings hit as it pays a 30 percent fee on orders delivered by Grubhub and UberEats.
  • Posted on: 10/20/2020

    Albertsons offers a new refrigerated take on store pickup

    Capacity is also an issue for curbside pickup and grocers handle this through the use of scheduling windows. The same is being applied here. How well they manage it remains to be seen.
  • Posted on: 10/16/2020

    Amazon follows record-setting Prime Day with Holiday Dash Deal events

    Another explanation for Amazon's emphasis on marketplace sellers is the antitrust scrutiny the company has been under. Playing up wins by the little guys seems like good public relations now when critics in Congress and the administration find something in common to complain about.
  • Posted on: 10/13/2020

    eBay to guarantee the authenticity of collectible sneakers

    Red Points, coincidentally, has just issued a report on counterfeiting heading into the holiday season and, no surprise, consumers who buy fakes do not look kindly on the seller or the brand in these instances. Here are some stats that it posted: + 26 percent of respondents have purchased counterfeits on Black Friday. + More than half of respondents claimed they would ask for a refund. + Almost half would write cautionary reviews about where they purchased it from. + 25 percent of respondents think removing counterfeits should be done by the brand. + More than 40 percent of respondents would complain to the original brand.
  • Posted on: 09/29/2020

    Are Amazon Prime delivery shoppers disrupting Whole Foods’ stores?

    I counted four customers including myself and six Prime shoppers in the produce section on a recent early trip to the local Whole Foods. I have found myself on more than once occasion, even before the pandemic, having to ask a shopper reading a list off their phone if I can get past them to grab a product off of a store shelf. It's not a super big deal understanding that they are only doing their jobs, but what happens when there are as many people shopping for other people's orders as those of us shopping for ourselves? Dark stores or micro fulfillment centers separate from the main sales floor seem the best way, at least currently, for retailers to address this issue.
  • Posted on: 09/29/2020

    Did CDC’s announcement boost retail’s online sales prospects for Christmas?

    My guess is that the CDC was thinking of warmer climbs with that particular recommendation. ;o)
  • Posted on: 09/17/2020

    Amazon Fresh grocery store opens touting low prices and cashier-free checkout

    That is the question. ;o)
  • Posted on: 09/17/2020

    Amazon Fresh grocery store opens touting low prices and cashier-free checkout

    I don't think Amazon sees Fresh competing directly with Whole Foods. I think management sees it as format to take on Kroger and other mainstream grocery stores. A quick Google search showed Ralphs, Pavilions, Gelson's, Trader Joe's, Smart & Final, Walmart and other chain and independent stores in the area around the new Amazon store.
  • Posted on: 09/17/2020

    Will runners subscribe to a 100 percent recyclable shoe rental plan?

    Most avid runners can find a good pair of shoes between $125 and $180. Since it is not unusual for them to go through more than one pair a year, the price for the rental is still within what they would probably be paying for new sneakers outright. Then, in On's case, the wearer gets to do something socially positive by recycling the shoes in a process that the brand has striven to make easy. Both of the above points to a winner for On. The remaining element is product quality. Of the few people I know who own On shoes, all speak positively about the fit, weight, stability and cushioning. On's co-founder is saying that Cyclon may be the best sneaker it has produced. Sounds like another positive to me.
  • Posted on: 09/15/2020

    Retailer saves itself at the buzzer with TikTok

    Walmart has a keen interest in TikTok (today's news says it is still looking to invest in the platform) and that leads me to believe that there's something there. Having products that align with the audience and making use of the video app's storytelling potential (making funny videos playing with candy, for example) are the keys to success.

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