Wednesday, November 25

Can One Pie Save a Bakery?

Can one single pie save an entire bakery? What about when that bakery is Walmart, the largest retailer in the world.

Evidently the answer is a resounding YES!

Many have been noting that the bakery section at Walmart has been lagging...lagging from lackluster products and lower sales. Well there's a new baker in charge who has set out to reverse a declining trend.

The reversal of fortune begins with an unlikely partner...Patti Labelle. Miss Lady Marmalade is quite the baker, as it turns out, and is most famous for her sweet potato pie. She's published the recipe and has even done the talk show circuit about her baking skills. Walmart reached out to her to see if she could start baking for them.

And baking she the tune of selling one pie per second for 72 hours straight in preparation for Thanksgiving.

Didn't hurt that the diva has been receiving reviews like this one:

Seems like this just may inspire a whole lot of new goods in the baked goods aisle of your local Walmart.

Have you tried it? What's your experience?  JIM

Thursday, November 19

When Fashion Meets Pizza

I'll admit that I'm a bit biased on this one.

I'm a huge fan of Chef Marc Vetri. I've met him personally a few times and I've been to most of his restaurants in Philadephia.

I'm also a big fan of Urban Outfitters, home to retail brands Urban Outfitters, Anthropology, and Free People, with headquarters based in Philadelphia in the now retro cool Navy Yard. Urban Outfitters was my first fashion go-to when I moved to Boston right out of college. They had cool shirts that I could afford. Perhaps that's where my "cool shirt thing" started, come to think of it.

So you can imagine my fascination when fashion meets pizza, and I heard that Urban Outfitters is acquiring Chef Marc Vetri's restaurant group including Vetri and Pizzeria Vetri.

But it's beyond fascination, it's forward thinking. Brick and mortar retailing is dying, or at best on a major slide. So innovators in the industry need to evolve the shopping experience if they want to survive, and get any kind of ROI on their real estate.

So I am imaging, with this new company, fashion shows while dining. Dining while shopping. Cafes next to racks of cool shirts. Night life with night time shopping.

I mean, let's admit it ... shopping is much better after a couple of glasses of wine. And a slice.

What's your experience? JIM.

Tuesday, November 17

What's a Television?

While the execution of the film isn't so perfect, I love the concept of this new commercial from Time Warner Cable. What exactly is a television?

It's not really just a "television" anymore. The old-school definition is no longer relevant. You can watch television on virtually any screen from a handheld to a tabletop to a wall mount. It's all television.

Take a look:

Such a statement about the evolution of pop culture.

What's your experience?  JIM.