New Power Brands in Brick and Mortar Retail - Goodwill and Salvation Army

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  The new power brands in retailing have become discounters associated with respected causes. Meanwhile, the brands of some retail discounters such as the dollar stores have become tarnished, as The Wall Street Journal reports. They are being targeted for everything from allegedly selling merchandise after the expiration date to pushing full-service grocers out of low-income neighborhoods.  But the prices were about one-third the best in other discounters.

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Amazoning of Brick & Mortar - Now It's Whole Foods

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Because their items cost more than the discounts stores such as WalMart, traditional supermarkets could be headed for extinction. A smart shopper can get that kind of merchandise for less in a discount store. Walmart, Marc's, Aldi and even the dollar stores have become savvy about stocking cheaper versions of one-time elite merchandise. Human beings are still out there on the street. Yes, they leave their screens. Amazon is getting that.

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The Year of COVID-19: March 20, 2020

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Because people can't shop liquidators of bankrupt businesses can't unload the merchandise. That means lenders suffer unexpected losses on merchandise loans. For example, subscription prices frequently are being discounted and ads in categories such as travel are nowhere. Human nature continues to be puzzling. Some are baffled why there is more concern about the economic impacts of COVID-19 than the reality that it can be fatal. 

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Dollar Store Branding - Excommunicado

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

Often discounts were (and still are) significant. In addition, lawsuits contend that dollar stores sell expired merchandise. The message is out: The dollar store in your neighborhood is not your friend. Soon enough, through word of mouth as well as media coverage, there could be an unofficial excommunicado against all dollar stores, as there had been in film "John Wick 3."

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Family Dollar - Way It's Trying to Turn Customers into Loss-Prevention Posse

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

One out of 11 people will take the five-finger discount, documents the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention. And with each incident the retailer loses $2 to $200 of merchandise. Interestingly, no reward is offered for preventing anyone's taking the five-finger discount. The Family Dollar store in Small Town Americana (i.e. Austintown, Ohio) has this approach to lessen the loss.

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Kroger - It's Like Facebook In That It Wants You Never To Leave

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

There you can get organic/natural food, a huge assortment of discount private-label merchandise, prescriptions filled, and highly competitively-priced gasoline. If we forget to ask for them, the check-out clerk tactfully asks if we want to take advantage of the discounting. And I don't know if this was staged: When I requested the discounting, the clerk apologized and asked for ID.

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GoodWill - Black Friday, Austintown, OH

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

At GoodWill, both males and females were totally preoccupied with sizing up the merchandise. Also, the discounts associated with its rewards program kicked in. Since I now am enrolled in that program I can't double-dip with the over-60 discount one too. At the check-out, with all the discounts totaled, the two sweaters set me back only about four dollars.

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Goodwill Retail - Best Value Brand

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

That's when other discount retailers such as the dollar stores are empty.  For those over-62, such as myself, there is also a discount. You might be wondering: Okay for a laundry basket, but don't I fear "bugs" in other kinds of merchandise? In Austintown, Ohio, the Goodwill Store at 6000 Mahoning Avenue is packed with shoppers.   One reason is that Goodwill Retail has established itself as the best value brand around.  Plus,

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Dow Down Almost 230, Economic Pessimism Highest Since 2013 - We Aging May Never Come Back

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

A steep discount shouldn't be a buy signal.   Ask  for a senior discount. At Hillbrook residential rental complex I had to request the $25 monthly off senior discount. Goodwill has become a sophisticated retailer for high quality merchandise at prices lower than consignment shops. Oh, no. At the time of this writing - 10:15 A.M. ET, the Dow is down almost 230. 

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Tide Changes - Manhattan Under the Sea?

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  This is an era when private-label merchandise is eating brands's lunch, dinner and breakfast.    Corporations have demanded discounts, pay for performance options and detailed itemization of what's being done.  Procter & Gamble, after its game-changer of a turnaround led by A. Lafley, seems to be drifting again. 

Joke Contest Results — What Frustrates You?

Humor Power

It’s time for the results of our November Joke Contest — What Frustrates You? New Joke Contests are announced on the first of the month. Our Cartoon Caption Contests are on hold while our cartoonist, Dan Rosandich, upgrades his web site. Here are this month’s top lines for What Frustrates You? — In Three Words or Less: ** FIRST PLACE **. Lane-Changing Lunatics. Scott Tredwell, Advance, North Carolina, USA. ** SECOND PLACE ** (tie).

Jersey City: How I became a fan of Colgate toothpaste, way before Facebook

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Other kinds of five-fingered discounts, as told by Helene Stapinski in her book by that title, were thefts of vital merchandise like ice.  In Jersey City, there was no shame in going to jail, at least back in the 1950s and 1960s before it hit bottom and then came back up gentrified.    Back then, jail or prison (the big house) was simply the cost of doing business.