What If your only options were Amazon, Walmart and Third Wave stores? – WayfinD

What If your only options were Amazon, Walmart and Third Wave stores? – WayfinD:

“Third Wave retailers take the best of mom & pop shops and mass retailers to create an experience that is emotional, meaningful and provides a social ethos. It’s a combination of local service and product knowledge coupled with innovation, co-creation and a significant brand expression. It’s where quality reigns over price and customers feel an emotional connection to the brand within a physical or online space.”

*Something to think about. Especially as it seems Amazon is really growing across many retail categories. Walmart is huge but Amazon is growing rapidly.

Wal-Mart Cutting Orders as Unsold Merchandise Piles Up – Bloomberg

Wal-Mart Cutting Orders as Unsold Merchandise Piles Up – Bloomberg:

“The pullbacks for this quarter and next imply Wal-Mart is expecting softer demand, Robin Sherk, a New York-based analyst at consulting and research firm Kantar Retail, said in an interview. “

*Why is Walmart expecting soft demand? What data are they looking at that indicates weaker sales in the near term?

The Post Office Returns to the Local Store – Businessweek

The Post Office Returns to the Local Store – Businessweek:

“Hoping to minimize the inconvenience to customers, the Postal Service is encouraging coffee shops and grocery and hardware stores to provide limited mail services. “

*Sort of like a store within a store or like a mini mall. One stop shop. This might be like the opposite of Walmart. Go small and offer services the community values in a one stop shop location.