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Hope springs eternal in the human breast.

The largest mall in the US is coming to Miami


That's a good place for it ...far, far away from me.


We know a certain DK mommy blogger that once got a huge comp from Disney.  The demographic was a match, traffic was good.

I never bothered with hotel comps but I did use "I own BigDog domain" to try and get better access/co-operation from attractions. Early on, most didn't have a clue, but later it did work pretty well for my freelance writers as press credentials.

Marketing / Re: GDPR Is Killing Email Marketing
« on: June 18, 2018, 01:53:53 AM »
>local hardware store

I think you're technical liable but are judgement-proof due to lack of presence.  Any rational person in the EU -customer or law enforcement- would shrug off your GDPR violation ...the trouble is that not everyone is rational.

Better scenario:
A US boutique hotel with wealthy international clientele triggers a GDPR complaint. ...And the wealthy EU client is already pissed off at the hotel for whatever reason.

Marketing / Re: GDPR Is Killing Email Marketing
« on: June 17, 2018, 12:45:09 PM »
>only US

No. But I'd put a footer on the bottom of every email requiring immediate notification if an email somehow goes to someone covered by GDPR. What if an EU citizen was in the US for an extended period then moved back, for instance? 

Water Cooler / Re: Terminator Scenario
« on: June 16, 2018, 01:04:04 AM »
I find that black one to be particularly creepy.

Good to see they put Atlas to work in the shipping department. He needed a job.

Water Cooler / Re: bedtime story
« on: June 14, 2018, 03:04:50 AM »
1st post this thread (2014):
“The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.”

Headline today:
JD, a Chinese e-commerce giant, has built a new fulfillment center in Shanghai that can organize, pack and ship 200,000 orders a day with 4 people — all of whom service the robots.

They forgot the dog.

Marketing / Re: (US) March of the Non-White Babies
« on: June 13, 2018, 11:26:14 PM »
Residents in southwest Kansas are starting to speak with a distinct, new accent as the Latino population continues to grow


"major problem with dying shopping malls: crime"

This brings up another couple of advantage of online shopping.  Patron safety (and their physical accessibility) isn't a cost factor online. It's HUGE in malls, big in strips, and significant in individual stores.  But that advantage likely pales when compared to the big one; shoplifting.  One local Ace Hardware franchise told me that shoplifting was the real culprit behind why they shut down.

By taking all the standard business activity in a city — shopping for clothes and household products, getting a haircut, etc. — and moving them to the edge of town in areas built for and only accessible by car, we have robbed our communities of wealth. We inverted the standard design of cities that has been in place for centuries in which the necessities of daily life are located in the middle of town, accessible by the maximum amount of people who can take a simple walk to fulfill their basic needs.

Under that model, the closure of a few shops would merely mean that a storefront was now available for another business. Because traditional main street-type stores were built in a way that could accommodate many different sorts of businesses on a modest scale, a former tailor's shop could fairly easily be converted into a tavern — and the available space would be seen be hundreds of passersby on a daily basis.

Part of that is the rise of car culture, as Brad pointed out.  But I think returning to "shops in a row on a busy city street" isn't going to be the solution, either.  --The drones are coming.

Water Cooler / Re: Must be a slow news day
« on: June 13, 2018, 07:28:48 PM »

>going to have a tougher time with the death of the mall

I think deeply rural areas will be forced to maintain a car culture for a decade or more longer than the urban areas. Hubs with malls or strips that serve them might hang on for a while until drone deliveries to our doorsteps finish them off.  We have plenty of small communities settlements wide spots in the road where residents have to drive 20+ miles for a convenience store and 30+ miles for a grocery store.  I've read of families in Montana who carpool to go to the grocery store 200 miles away.

My hometown is one of these hubs --even so, there are plenty of landlords struggling to fill storefronts.

"I don’t think anybody really anticipated the decline of the department store to happen as quickly as it did”

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