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MNB reader Phil Herr had a thought about yesterday’s podcast about convenience:

In my opinion, this is the point where convenience goes sideways rather than forward. Are we just a generation (or less) removed from the people depicted in Wall-E?

Regarding a possible Amazon expansion of its Whole Foods fleet, MNB reader Dan Jones wrote:

If I am Amazon I offer a discount to Prime if you agree to having all packages delivered to Whole Foods instead of to your home.  Think of the benefits: more efficient distribution for Amazon, more trips to Whole Foods for Amazon, and more security for customer (no porch pirates).

So more Whole Foods stores makes a more powerful infrastructure.  This does not feel like “doubling down” on a Whole Foods bet – if feels more like a customer-focused option to drive even more business with greater efficiency.

Responding to yesterday’s story about private equity’s indifference to employee pension funds, MNB reader Joe Ciccarelli wrote:

I have seen so many of these situations. First, we need better legislation that gives the Government Pension Guarantee Corp more authority that forces companies to give a higher priority to pensions before they can take dividends or “upstream” money to equity funds. Marsh had unfunded liabilities for years as do many companies including a majority of retailers. But to get Congress to act is a whole other story especially with the hedge funds making the big donations to politicians – both sides of the aisle.

MNB reader Lisa Malmarowski added:

They did nothing wrong, legally or technically, but morally - that’s a different story. Until the laws are changed big business will continue to operate for the top executives and share holders, ensuring that the low and middle class folks are kept in their place.

On another subject, from MNB reader Sue Fitzsimmons:

Your article on retailers looking to gain efficiencies struck a chord with me.

Surprisingly  after decades of use there are still  many Retailers and Vendors who are not using EDI, Electronic Data Interchange. EDI allows for fast, efficient and accurate method of sending and receiving business documents. From the Purchase Order to Invoice to the benefits brought by Advanced Ship Notices.

Take the next step and integrate these documents into the ERP.  That’s how to make your process more efficient.

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