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 His duties included creating Online Profit Guides and Company Spotlights recognized as "Best of the Net" by 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
  • Posted on: 08/04/2022

    Are grocers profiteering from inflation?

    Grocers typically operate on net margins of one to two percent so it's hard to see how they are gouging their customers in any serious way. Most of the quarterly sales reports coming in have shown net revenue gains equal to or below the current year-over-year inflation rate. Any additional profits that supermarkets are reaping at this point likely come from several factors including:
    • Consumers buying everyday essentials and reducing discretionary spending;
    • A higher percentage of market baskets with plus margin private labels;
    • Moderating energy costs;
    • A reduction in promotions as rivals such as Target and Walmart focus most of their sales/inventory clearance deals on discretionary categories that have seen turns stall through the first half of the year.
  • Posted on: 07/18/2022

    Is closing stores the best solution to Starbucks’ safety concerns?

    I wonder if they considered converting these locations into order in advance and pickup-only stores before choosing to shut them down? They have opened these types of stores elsewhere.
  • Posted on: 06/30/2022

    Will consumers become even more frugal post-pandemic?

    I agree but market corrections also include companies such as Hy-Vee, Netflix and Tesla laying off workers in anticipation of a recession. These types of actions when multiplied can lead to an economic downturn. It may not be exactly talking our way into a recession but it isn't far removed. Thoughts lead to actions and what I'm hearing from some is that current corporate pessimism may have some basis in reality but that doesn't make it reality itself.
  • Posted on: 06/30/2022

    Will consumers become even more frugal post-pandemic?

    It's interesting the number of people I come across on an almost daily basis who say something along the line of "Let's not talk ourselves into a recession."
  • Posted on: 06/02/2022

    Should Instacart discard shopper ratings from chronically grumpy customers?

    Based on grading it would appear as though shoppers should get five stars for just doing their job correctly. Anything below that signifies some level of problem with the order and, of course, there is nothing above five to give kudos for exceptional work. Instacart needs to recalibrate its system and its customers understanding of it so that three stars are given for doing the job expected and those above and below reflect higher or lower levels of performance.
  • Posted on: 05/05/2022

    Macy’s goes small outside the mall

    I thought one of the key points in the reporting is that it takes fewer workers to operate Market by Macy's locations. Perhaps Macy's will do a better job keeping their stores clean and well-stocked in a box that needs fewer bodies to make that happen. It's clear that Macy's struggles to do that outside of its major flagship locations.
  • Posted on: 05/02/2022

    Victoria’s Secret expects to have a beautiful experience on Amazon

    Amazon is shipping VS's beauty products. I wonder how long before the Buy with Prime button shows up on the VS site?
  • Posted on: 03/21/2022

    Macy’s lets associates express their style

    This would make absolute sense if Macy's was enabling associates to model in-season fashions from its racks. I'd like to see Macy's outfit associates with "work clothes" with the understanding that the items at the end of each season would either be returned to the company for donation to worthy groups or purchased by team members at a discount. To Neil's point, this only works if Macy's cleans up its act in stores.
  • Posted on: 03/16/2022

    Will ‘aspirational independents’ swing results for retailers and politicians?

    I have no arguments with your points but one important factor is being overlooked here. Forty-nine percent are non-white in this group and those who are white, at least a good percentage of them, seem unlikely to be widely divergent from the tolerant mean based on their ages and socio-economic station.
  • Posted on: 03/16/2022

    Will ‘aspirational independents’ swing results for retailers and politicians?

    "Aspirational independents" as defined by NRF and SKDK are a young and diverse group. No reason that I can see to think that they would be less color or sexuality-blind than those who are politically extreme.
  • Posted on: 03/03/2022

    Amazon is closing all its Books, 4-Star and pop-up stores

    Amazon Books and 4-Star stores had customers but they didn't have many fans. They may have been able to survive had Amazon not made this decision, but they never would have thrived.
  • Posted on: 03/03/2022

    Is mainstream retail the new go-to place for adult toys?

    Puritan-like impulses remain strong in the U.S. so I wouldn't be looking for large end-cap displays at Target or Walmart anytime soon. My guess is that online will be the major vehicle for sexual wellness toys for some time to come if not forever.
  • Posted on: 03/03/2022

    Are cats or dogs better for advertising?

    I will admit to a dog bias and have wondered at times in the past why a brand didn't choose to use a dog or puppy in a commercial rather than a cat or kitten.
  • Posted on: 02/23/2022

    Walmart puts its fashion storytelling skills to the test

    Free Assembly plays up the sustainability angle including its use of "mostly organic cotton." It also notes that its washing techniques reduce the consumption of water and that merchandise is produced in LEED certified facilities.
  • Posted on: 02/23/2022

    Has Macy’s become a different and better retailer?

    Ditto. That's been my experience, as well.

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