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by Brian Lutz
Yesterday, 9:32 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Fry’s Electronics on Life Support
Replies: 12
Views: 317

Re: Fry’s Electronics on Life Support

The one here (Renton WA) seems to be reasonably well stocked (at least it was as of the last time I went) but selection is always very hit-or-miss. It seems that they have a certain niche that they fill as one of the few remaining places in the area to find things like electronic components and PC c...
by Brian Lutz
Yesterday, 7:53 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Another Cashier Free Store Opens
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: Another Cashier Free Store Opens

In the case of the Amazon Go stores that take cash (they had to add cash payment to a store in New York to comply with a law requiring it) an employee can scan you into the store and then take payment on the way out.
by Brian Lutz
June 13th, 2019, 9:05 am
Forum: Northwest, Rockies, & Alaska USA
Topic: International Marketplace Point Roberts, WA
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Re: International Marketplace Point Roberts, WA

Commercial transport of produce across the border doesn't seem to be too restricted (although it would be subject to inspection), and in fact I believe that a fair amount of produce sold in Washington and Oregon is grown in BC. Meat products (especially fresh meats) seem to be far more restricted. I...
by Brian Lutz
June 12th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: Northwest, Rockies, & Alaska USA
Topic: International Marketplace Point Roberts, WA
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Re: International Marketplace Point Roberts, WA

For people who live in Point Roberts the multiple border crossings are just a fact of life. From what I understand, there's an elementary school there but Junior High and High School students who live there have to make the multiple border crossings to attend schools in Blaine daily. Presumably anyo...
by Brian Lutz
June 11th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Walmart observations
Replies: 37
Views: 2713

Re: Walmart observations

I've started seeing these devices as well, although I've only had a receipt scanned once. When they scanned the receipt, they also scanned several items in the cart. It seemed like they may have only been scanning people who went through self checkout though.
by Brian Lutz
June 10th, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Hudson's Bay shareholders seek move to private ownership
Replies: 0
Views: 90

Hudson's Bay shareholders seek move to private ownership

https://komonews.com/news/business/hudsons-bay-executive-leads-bid-to-take-retailer-private A number of investors have made a bid to take Hudson's Bay (which is also the parent company to Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor) private, believing that it would be easier to improve performance as a priv...
by Brian Lutz
June 3rd, 2019, 8:15 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Dollar Tree Raising Prices
Replies: 10
Views: 542

Re: Dollar Tree Raising Prices

Daiso Japan seems to do OK with multiple price points (most items are $1.50 in US Daiso stores, but some items go as high as $10-12) but they have an overall store count of well under 100 locations in the US. The one annoying thing about it is that any time you purchase an item that costs more than ...
by Brian Lutz
May 21st, 2019, 11:39 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: All Dressbarn stores to close
Replies: 9
Views: 504

All Dressbarn stores to close

https://komonews.com/news/nation-world/ ... -132836103

Their parent company (which also owns Ann Taylor and Lane Bryant) says the stores aren't making enough money to keep them open, and wants to focus on their more profitable brands.
by Brian Lutz
May 21st, 2019, 9:24 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: MOD Pizza and the rise of Fast Casual pizza chains
Replies: 4
Views: 405

MOD Pizza and the rise of Fast Casual pizza chains

https://www.businessinsider.com/mod-pizza-raises-millions-open-more-locations-2019-5 MOD Pizza, a quick-service pizza chain founded by a former Starbucks executive, is continuing with ambitious expansion plans, aiming to reach 1,000 locations in the US (from their current 400) within five years, and...
by Brian Lutz
May 17th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Dollar Tree now considered "Severe Violator" by Washington Labor and Industries, Vancouver store fined $503k
Replies: 2
Views: 252

Dollar Tree now considered "Severe Violator" by Washington Labor and Industries, Vancouver store fined $503k

https://www.lni.wa.gov/News/2019/pr190516a.asp A Dollar Tree store in Vancouver WA was fined $503,400 by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries over "repeated willful" safety violations for items such as unsafe stacking in storage rooms, improper ladder use and obstructed emergency ...