retail news in context, analysis with attitude

The single best email I got on Friday after announcing the launch of a rebooted MNB and my new investors was this one from an reader who referred specially to my comment that the investment folks don't want to "mess" with my approach and attitude:

Not yet! How many buyouts and mergers have you covered?

It was a good run, Congratulations.

Such cynicism … but I have to admit that it made me laugh out loud.  The new site hadn't even been launched yet!

We’ll see.  The good news is that I still own the joint … I’m not being merged or acquired.  And not only do I trust the folks with whom I am working, but I trust the MNB community to hold me - and them - accountable.


Regarding another story, MNB reader John A. Conroy wrote:

It is interesting that “Shipt is swapping out its green spaceship logo for a shopping bag that better speaks to the brand’s predominantly female base” and Walmart’s 1st Super Bowl ad featured space ships.

On Friday, we took note of a New York Times story about improving wearable technology is being designed to help commercial truckers avoid giving into fatigue, which "comes with the job of driving an eighteen-wheeler, even with rules requiring rest stops and limiting driving hours. Now, new technologies are becoming available to alert drowsy drivers, sometimes even before they feel tired … Biometric sensors are getting lighter, cheaper and more accurate, and new software systems can connect driver and vehicle data. The feedback loops these systems create could make the roads safer for everyone."

I commented:

As someone who does a lot of long-distance driving, I'd suggest that this technology ought to be available for everyone … and maybe even standard equipment on every motorized vehicle.  (Except the autonomous ones, of course.  Computers don't get sleepy.)

One MNB reader wrote:

They may not get sleepy, but they do crash…

Fair point.

From MNB reader Mark Woodgerd:

I think that technology is already here.  My wife and I were on a road trip and I was driving our 2018 Ford Edge.  Suddenly the message window lit up with a steaming cup of coffee icon and a message, something like “Driver needs a break”.  We still laugh about it.

And, responding to my OffBeat piece on Friday about "Porgy and Bess," one MNB reader wrote:

I was fortunate to see the production — here in Fairfield at the Quick Center. Prior to the performance Professor Orin Grossman of Fairfield U did an overview which was really enlightening. To the issue of the language, this was an earnest attempt to capture the “Gullah” dialect of the time and place. So rather than interpreting it as stereotypical, it came across as sincere.

We enjoyed it. And to add, until a couple years ago, I too did not like opera. Now thanks to the simulcast I look forward to several performances each season.

Like I said on Friday, my inability to connect to opera is my fault, not opera's.  I get it.