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James L Roberts

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  • Sam's Club's Latest Deal: Personalized Discounts [View article]
    As an e-value member at Sam's Club, I found the service to be a money saver, offset by the fact that I bought more items than usual. My experience suggests that you are right about the program adding to Walmart's sales. Since Sam's accounts for such a small percentage of Walmart's sales, I question whether the e-value factor alone is sufficient to justify purchasing Walmart. Incidentally, I just let my Sam's Club membership lapse with the intent of joining Costco. I may find that I miss the e-value program enough to justify switching back. I doubt it. Using the program involved an increase in shopping time.

    Here are some of the reasons I'm switching. 1.) Costco courts the upscale consumer more effectively. My wife, for example, looked at the clothing, and said she saw what seemed to be higher quality items available at Costco.

    2.) I juice carrots and Costco has Bunny Luv organic carrots. Sams has a good price on Bolthouse Farms premium carrots, but Bunny Luv's are highly regarded among carrot juicers.

    3.) I noticed that Costco has its own brand (Kirkland) of laundry detergent that is offered in both unscented and scented versions. At Sam's I purchased "All" laundry detergent because it is unscented.

    4.) Purchasing ice cream at the food service counter at Sam's Club has probably contributed to my expanding waistline. Costco has frozen soft serve yogurt instead of frozen soft serve ice cream. I will probably still fight the battle of the bulge, but some say that yogurt is a healthier choice than ice cream.
    Jun 22, 2010. 02:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has Retail Finally Turned the Corner? [View article]
    I like your work. In fact, I have referred to it in some of my writings for I would like your permission to quote from "Has Retail Finally Turned the Corner?" I would probably use it in the context of an update on Aeropostale or an initial feature on TJX. I would, of course, properly attribute my source. Is the proper email address to send you a copy? Look for a copy of my article on Carter's Inc. to follow.

    James L Roberts
    Feb 8, 2010. 09:23 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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