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Ask, And Ye Shall Receive

Everywhere we turn, we encounter change. Not just “Oooh, that’s different!” change, but also “Where the hell am I?” change. We’re navigating paradigm shifts, ...

Re-Inventing Necessity

If Necessity is the Mother of Invention, then we have to define Necessity to re-invent our stores. And re-invent them we must, because Necessity IS changing. In...

Urgency Is A Two-Way Street

We are not living in relaxed times. The rapid pace of innovation, the ability for instant—and constant—communication and the regular introduction of “disruptive...

Guitarmageddon II

If you’ve been following the trades, you might be gleefully crowing over the difficulties Guitar Center seems to be having. Although I shed no tears for the rev...

The Age Of Urgency

For decades, a driving force behind consumer behavior has been price. “We’ll beat any price!” has blared out at us from TVs, scrolled across our desktops and sp...

Buying & Selling

I get e-mails from all corners of the industry, from both the retail and the supply side. Sometimes, the message is “thank you” or “you took the words out of my...

Apassionata

Almost all of us are passionate about something, and virtually all of us want to share our passion. Whether it’s music, cooking or our favorite football team, f...

The O’Reilly Factor

By Dan Vedda We’ve often talked about the “unique” aspects of our industry: the passionate, hands-on, geek-lust involvement of both consumers and purveyors o...

Curated Inventory

Over the last couple of months, I’ve been talking about the need for each side of the supplier/dealer equation to devote more energy and attention to our re...

Personal Touch

By Dan Vedda As I write this, the Christmas season is still unfolding. We’re walking the tightrope hourly, scrambling to bring in the items our customers nee...