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by Kevin Coupe

This morning's Eye-Opener is not a single story. Rather, I just want to point out the degree to which disruption is a factor in so many of this morning's stories.

We have a story about how bricks-and-mortar retail weakness is changing the labor equation ... eliminating some jobs but creating others. We have another story about new shipping services are being created that will allow traditional retailers to be more competitive with Amazon.

We have several stories about Walmart trying to disrupt itself from within, both online and in-store. And we even have a story about generational disruption, from the perspective of a 17-year-old.

It is, I think, an important and Eye-Opening message. Disruption is everywhere. People and companies can complain and whine and yearn for yesterday. Or they can do whatever is necessary to be relevant to customers today and tomorrow.

Granted, while it may be a simple choice, it rarely is a simple process.

But it is unavoidable, I think.
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