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Blake Dowling: Amazon Go storefront, the next big disruption in retail, society

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When it comes to the home theater experience, we used to rent movies from Blockbuster and Movie Gallery. VHS came and went. Then DVD, which is gone (for the most part). In regards to transportation, there are still taxi cabs out there, but everyone I know contacts Uber to get a ride. Have you bought a CD lately? I know plenty of music execs who wish they could turn back the clock when there were huge margins on tapes, LPs…

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LEGOS and Barbie top the list of kids’ favorite toys this year

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To look at this year’s most popular toys for both boys and girls one might think they were looking at a list from decades ago. LEGOS continue to top the boy’s list while Barbie products are ranked among the most popular holiday gifts for girls. According to the Florida Retail Federation, “Star Wars” toys come in second on the boys’ list – not surprising considering the upcoming release of a new, highly anticipated movie. In a throw-back to kids of…

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JCPenney tops the list of retailers with biggest Black Friday savings

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JCPenney is rated this year’s best retailer for Black Friday according to a study conducted by WalletHub. The average savings on sale items at JCPenney this Black Friday is 68 percent. Costco was listed as having the lowest Black Friday discounts at an average of just 20 percent. The study surveyed 8,000 Black Friday deals from 30 of the nation’s largest retailers. Results found that jewelry is the most heavily discounted item with an average markdown of 73 percent. Computers…

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Florida Retail Federation President Rick McAllister to retire

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Rick McAllister, the Florida Retail Federation’s longtime president and CEO, is retiring at the end of this year. He’s led the FRF for 14 years. Veteran FRF Executive Vice President Randy Miller will become the new President/CEO, beginning Jan. 1. According to an FRF news release, McAllister led the organization to “unprecedented success, recognition and prestige.” “It has been an incredible opportunity to lead the Florida Retail Federation for the past 14 years, and to meet and learn about the diverse…

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