Understanding the Bankruptcy of Toys ‘R’ Us (It was not Amazon)

The news of Toys ‘R’ Us’s bankruptcy is widely received by the consumers (parents and kids) and the retail industry. However, some other retail bankruptcies, this was not “another retailer killed by Amazon” scenario. In fact, what drove them to their grave was: Their financing strategy of private equity (mostly debt) and How their financial strategy influenced their priorities and focus for innovation Let me expand on what I mean by their financing strategy and how that influenced the company.

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Understanding the History of Loyalty Card Programs

Having understood the objectives of a loyalty card program and evaluating its effectiveness, I wanted to study the history of it. After all, I find history to be a collection of unbiased facts that give a unique insight into the past. In the case of the history of loyalty card programs, I found some interesting facts that are worth contemplating about; It began in the Early 1700s and retailers quickly caught on – Here I would argue the “fear of

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Key learnings about effectiveness of loyalty programs for grocery retailers

Loyalty card programs offered by grocery retailers have intrigued me for quite some time. First, in my capacity as a cashier at Zellers (discount department retailer) where I earned a bonus for to signing-up customers for our rewards program – including the credit card. Secondly, in my teenage years where I used the SPC card wherever I could. Now, as a product manager for Checkout 51 and with the luxury of those past experiences, I’ve been working closely in the

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Overview of the Pragmatic Marketing Framework

Having had built and sold software products, I recently decided re-visit some structured material to reflect upon my experience – and while reflecting, write something as a guide to re-visit for next time. By doing so, I hope to be following the “forever learning” theme of this blog – where I reflect during and after the experience (e.g experiments) to grow instead of just going through life. To have a holistic approach in this blueprint for building software products, I

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Year in Review of 2016’s Experiments (for a Better Me)

It is hard to believe that the fun and experiments for 2016 has come to an end. Before I get back into it for 2016, I wanted to take some time and self-reflect on all the self-improvement experiments – as I was the “subject” for each one of them. By doing so, I want to see what worked well for 2016 and what I can improve on for 2017. It’s already the end of the year, let’s begin; 3 Experiments

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