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2012-09-10 10:32:18 PM

Nem Wan: Ron Johnson left his Apple Store mega-success behind because he wanted a challenge. He got one.


*blurb*
 
2012-09-10 10:33:42 PM

Wittenberg Dropout: I like this since the last place I used to get my haircut turned into Fantastic Sam's. I loved the place even though the chicks there could only do that "hispanic guy" haircut [read: high fade]. The scalp massages they gave bordered on lap dances.

Then the stroller brigade showed up and it was time to go.

I hope Wal-Mart emulates this trend.


"Welcome to the Wal-Bowl-Cut; it's friendly and resourceful, if not toxic."

;)
 
2012-09-10 10:33:48 PM

Lunaville: Made in America


So, at this point, what men's jeans are still made in America? Levi's and Lee both outsource now (and Levi's quality has been in the crapper ever since).

Difficulty: Durable. A pair of Levi's used to last a decade. Now the freaking belt loops fall apart inside of a year. And I don't wear a belt!
 
2012-09-10 10:33:52 PM

Indubitably: bmihura: Why the JCP hate? I've never had a problem with them. They have provided me with pants and underwear and shirts for maybe 40 years. Yes I know I look like a dork for saying 40 years, but what works works. Unlike our current President who cannot balance a budget.

No, don't snark at me, can do double so.

Wrong diversion, dispersion.


Try spelling better. Nice tho ;)
 
2012-09-10 10:34:30 PM

bmihura: Why the JCP hate? I've never had a problem with them. They have provided me with pants and underwear and shirts for maybe 40 years. Yes I know I look like a dork for saying 40 years, but what works works. Unlike our current President who cannot balance a budget.

No, don't snark at me, can do double so.


Goddamn Obama!

/you're an idiot
 
2012-09-10 10:34:33 PM
Go to JC Penney and tell the barber that you're tired pf looking like an a$$hole.
 
2012-09-10 10:36:56 PM

bmihura: Indubitably: bmihura: Why the JCP hate? I've never had a problem with them. They have provided me with pants and underwear and shirts for maybe 40 years. Yes I know I look like a dork for saying 40 years, but what works works. Unlike our current President who cannot balance a budget.

No, don't snark at me, can do double so.

Wrong diversion, dispersion.

Try spelling better. Nice tho ;)


I spell fine, you?
 
2012-09-10 10:37:10 PM

flamingboard: bmihura: Why the JCP hate? I've never had a problem with them. They have provided me with pants and underwear and shirts for maybe 40 years. Yes I know I look like a dork for saying 40 years, but what works works. Unlike our current President who cannot balance a budget.

No, don't snark at me, can do double so.

Goddamn Obama!

/you're an idiot


Oh, and you can balance a budget? Fine, show me how you can balance it. Am waiting.
 
2012-09-10 10:37:50 PM
I bet they'll sell lots of large paper bags and scissors to cut the eye holes.
 
2012-09-10 10:39:17 PM
still waiting on how you can balance the budget
 
2012-09-10 10:40:43 PM

bmihura: still waiting on how you can balance the budget


Deduct violence?
 
2012-09-10 10:44:26 PM

frizzo: Go to JC Penney and tell the barber that you're tired pf looking like an a$$hole.


I've never thought of an asshole as having a particular hair style... is your head cleft?
 
2012-09-10 10:48:42 PM

lowbrowdotorg: shiate: i can't believe ron johnson left apple to go to that craphole. i guess he thought he could do anything in retail after the apple stores, but i think this is showing him it was more of a team effort, and not all his genius.

Just keep your eyes open. All of the JC Penney stores are being outfitted with iPads as a way for customers to peruse the inventory and place orders. Because everyone wants to go to the store, grab an internet appliance and place their order online, in the store.

Also, I suspect that Apple is probably giving him a nice little incentive check for every unit sold.


I manage a retail store now, part of a 400 store chain. Not a clothing store thank god, but we do sell soft goods.

There are folks - mostly in the distribution side - that believe this is the future of retail. Jane Q Customer goes to a small storefront or kiosk, checks out the samples maybe tries on an outfit for size , then uses an on site computer or her smartphone to place an order to be shipped to her home.

There was an article in USA Today about it a few weeks ago. Personally, I think that's bullshiat. If you're going to a store why put up with having to order it? You can do that from home already.

/nope not in radio anymore, I just can't bring myself to make a new account. I've had this one way too long.
 
2012-09-10 10:50:23 PM
I bet the parents that take their kids to free haircuts are clean, up-standing and law-abiding citizens.

I call b-s. This sounds like a sting operation to me.
 
2012-09-10 10:56:03 PM
They're going to lose a metric ass load of money at the mall of NH with all the border crossers (Latino) from Mass. getting free haircuts. My ex wife suggested it when they had the same program last month, and I took her to my hair salon for $12 and she got a fine trim.
 
2012-09-10 10:56:59 PM

Dahnkster: I am definitely 'ok' with this. Families on a budget. Haircut incentives on a traditionally slow mall shopping day. They've gone back to sales and clearance, my wife bought some unbelievable clearance summer dresses with a group of girlfriends down visiting from New York a couple weeks ago (a few were lined for $10-$25). She got nothing but compliments every time she wore one. They lost 147 million dollars second quarter and stocks fell 18%. I read the comments FTFA and if 'pissing and moaning' were an Olympic Sport, we'd be the Jessie 'Motherfarkin' Owens to the rest of the world.


They finally went back to sales? Did they get rid of Mr Target as CEO finally? Can't belive the board hasn't booted him out yet.
 
2012-09-10 10:58:50 PM
They should start offering classes on making meth in a public bathroom so they can be even more like walmart.
 
2012-09-10 11:02:42 PM

Farklee: I bet the parents that take their kids to free haircuts are clean, up-standing and law-abiding citizens.

I call b-s. This sounds like a sting operation to me.


As long as immigration is involved this would be a brilliant sting.
 
2012-09-10 11:03:19 PM

radiobiz: /nope not in radio anymore, I just can't bring myself to make a new account. I've had this one way too long.


No longer in Atlanta so I'm getting a kick, etc.
 
2012-09-10 11:03:47 PM

blahpers: Lunaville: Made in America

So, at this point, what men's jeans are still made in America? Levi's and Lee both outsource now (and Levi's quality has been in the crapper ever since).

Difficulty: Durable. A pair of Levi's used to last a decade. Now the freaking belt loops fall apart inside of a year. And I don't wear a belt!


And the answer is: Carhartt

They make regular jeans, but I suggest the canvas pants. They are really comfy and more durable than denim.
 
2012-09-10 11:07:07 PM

radiobiz: lowbrowdotorg: shiate: i can't believe ron johnson left apple to go to that craphole. i guess he thought he could do anything in retail after the apple stores, but i think this is showing him it was more of a team effort, and not all his genius.

Just keep your eyes open. All of the JC Penney stores are being outfitted with iPads as a way for customers to peruse the inventory and place orders. Because everyone wants to go to the store, grab an internet appliance and place their order online, in the store.

Also, I suspect that Apple is probably giving him a nice little incentive check for every unit sold.

I manage a retail store now, part of a 400 store chain. Not a clothing store thank god, but we do sell soft goods.

There are folks - mostly in the distribution side - that believe this is the future of retail. Jane Q Customer goes to a small storefront or kiosk, checks out the samples maybe tries on an outfit for size , then uses an on site computer or her smartphone to place an order to be shipped to her home.

There was an article in USA Today about it a few weeks ago. Personally, I think that's bullshiat. If you're going to a store why put up with having to order it? You can do that from home already.

/nope not in radio anymore, I just can't bring myself to make a new account. I've had this one way too long.


Isn't that what Service Merchandise used to do? Try out items in a showroom, order them on a order form and get the items off a conveyor belt?
 
2012-09-10 11:07:35 PM
And gubermint cheese! You gotsta give out free gubermint cheese!
 
2012-09-10 11:12:09 PM

blahpers: So, at this point, what men's jeans are still made in America?


None that I am aware of. My favorite brand is made in Mexico.

And honestly, "made in USA" doesn't mean squat these days. It can mean places like the Mariana Islands, where many federal labor and safety laws aren't applicable. Because nothing says national pride like a bunch of east Asian women working in sweatshops while earning $5.50/hr.
 
2012-09-10 11:15:56 PM
Probably still expect people to leave a tip on a free haircut too.
 
2012-09-10 11:16:22 PM

dustman81: Isn't that what Service Merchandise used to do? Try out items in a showroom, order them on a order form and get the items off a conveyor belt?


Oh wow. I forgot about that place. Mom loved it back in the 80's. That and the Green Stamps store.

Ok, so would you go to a Service Merchndise, pick out what you want, but instead of waiting for the conveyor belt you wait a few days for it to show up at your home?

I think we've already evolved past that model. It's called Amazon.com
 
2012-09-10 11:16:52 PM
Man, so much JCP hate. I don't get it... but then I've been shopping there for decades. There really is a significant market in durability between Wal-Mart and Nordstrom...
 
2012-09-10 11:17:13 PM

bmihura: Why the JCP hate? I've never had a problem with them. They have provided me with pants and underwear and shirts for maybe 40 years. Yes I know I look like a dork for saying 40 years, but what works works. Unlike our current President who cannot balance a budget.

No, don't snark at me, can do double so.


Goddamn. People like you are farking insufferable. Free haircuts at Penney's= Tea Party derp talking points about the farking President and the budget. Take your Obama hate to Politics, where you'll look like an even bigger idiot.
 
2012-09-10 11:22:56 PM
I could use a free haircut.. wonder if they would fall for the ol` tennis shoes on the knees trick?

i659.photobucket.com

/probably not worth shaving the beard tho....
 
2012-09-10 11:24:27 PM

MikeSass: blahpers: Lunaville: Made in America

So, at this point, what men's jeans are still made in America? Levi's and Lee both outsource now (and Levi's quality has been in the crapper ever since).

Difficulty: Durable. A pair of Levi's used to last a decade. Now the freaking belt loops fall apart inside of a year. And I don't wear a belt!

And the answer is: Carhartt

They make regular jeans, but I suggest the canvas pants. They are really comfy and more durable than denim.


Will investigate. Thanks for the information. I'm not terribly patriotic, but I don't mind doing my part to help the manufacturing sector so long as I get a decent product out of it.
 
2012-09-10 11:25:57 PM

radiobiz: Amazon.com


Until they start showing some metrics such as yarn/thread gauge, break force, color fastness, etc... I'd rather go into the store and feel the quality of the textile. It is rather hard to see if something is crap or not from a low resolution photo.
 
2012-09-10 11:29:27 PM

UsikFark: 06Wahoo: How about trying customer service? I hear customers appreciate that.

No, I don't need help finding anything. Just make sure someone is at the register, that's where I'll go if I need help... or, you know, if I want to buy something. Yes, I need help buying something in your damn store, unless you just want me to scatter some change on the counter and leave. Seems like registers pretty often go un-staffed in a variety of department stores... maybe the employees are just crowding around the security cameras?


That's because soon they will be losing the registers and will be walking around with iPads to ring up customers.
 
2012-09-10 11:33:09 PM

radiobiz: There was an article in USA Today about it a few weeks ago. Personally, I think that's bullshiat. If you're going to a store why put up with having to order it? You can do that from home already.


you can try it on at the store. You can continue to go shopping with no baggage to carry around and leave in the car some someone can break in to your car when you pull in to a restaurant after shopping.
Plus, nobody notices you come home with two bags of clothes, so nobody biatches at you.

then, your items arrive the next day when he is out at work.
 
2012-09-10 11:40:08 PM

UsikFark: 06Wahoo: How about trying customer service? I hear customers appreciate that.

No, I don't need help finding anything. Just make sure someone is at the register, that's where I'll go if I need help... or, you know, if I want to buy something. Yes, I need help buying something in your damn store, unless you just want me to scatter some change on the counter and leave. Seems like registers pretty often go un-staffed in a variety of department stores... maybe the employees are just crowding around the security cameras?


Nothing will push me out of a store faster than employees asking me if I need help -- especially if it happens more than once. I think employees should be visible and accessible if someone requires assistance, but if I am browsing, let me do it in peace. If I have any questions, I will ask.

The worst offender of late was Radio Shak. We were looking at phones (what the hell is it with all the Droid phones being huge? They're closer to iPads than phones... but I digress) and the sales lady came and asked if we needed help. We said "no thanks, just looking" and that turned into 50 questions. "What carrier do you use? What sort of phone do you have now? What features are you interested in? Have you seen this?" Even though we said "just looking", the questions kept coming, so we left.

I don't know. I am sure there are people who want to be greeted and assisted constantly when they're shopping, I'm just not one of them.
 
2012-09-10 11:40:37 PM
content9.flixster.com

who the hell?
 
2012-09-10 11:42:03 PM
Well that's nuthin' -- my kids have never had to pay for a haircut.
 
2012-09-10 11:43:40 PM

joepainter: Well that's nuthin' -- my kids have never had to pay for a haircut.


They've paid for it with the bullying.

/MOM CUT MOM CUT
 
2012-09-10 11:48:15 PM

12349876: joepainter: Well that's nuthin' -- my kids have never had to pay for a haircut.

They've paid for it with the bullying.

/MOM CUT MOM CUT


Or I pay for it....
 
2012-09-10 11:53:22 PM
"Wow...we are getting slammed today....grab Jesus and Tyrell off the receiving docks...."
 
Slu
2012-09-10 11:55:14 PM

blahpers: Lunaville: Made in America

So, at this point, what men's jeans are still made in America? Levi's and Lee both outsource now (and Levi's quality has been in the crapper ever since).

Difficulty: Durable. A pair of Levi's used to last a decade. Now the freaking belt loops fall apart inside of a year. And I don't wear a belt!


Do you also tuck your t-shirt into your jeans?
 
2012-09-11 12:01:43 AM

blahpers: MikeSass: blahpers: Lunaville: Made in America

So, at this point, what men's jeans are still made in America? Levi's and Lee both outsource now (and Levi's quality has been in the crapper ever since).

Difficulty: Durable. A pair of Levi's used to last a decade. Now the freaking belt loops fall apart inside of a year. And I don't wear a belt!

And the answer is: Carhartt

They make regular jeans, but I suggest the canvas pants. They are really comfy and more durable than denim.

Will investigate. Thanks for the information. I'm not terribly patriotic, but I don't mind doing my part to help the manufacturing sector so long as I get a decent product out of it.


Here's some "Made in USA" info for jeans: http://www.americansworking.com/clothingjeans.html
They have all sorts of stuff, not sure how often the site is updated. They're also rockin' the Geocities theme but what can ya do.
 
2012-09-11 12:01:55 AM

Slu: blahpers: Lunaville: Made in America

So, at this point, what men's jeans are still made in America? Levi's and Lee both outsource now (and Levi's quality has been in the crapper ever since).

Difficulty: Durable. A pair of Levi's used to last a decade. Now the freaking belt loops fall apart inside of a year. And I don't wear a belt!

Do you also tuck your t-shirt into your jeans?


Myspace Slu, really? Why yes, I do think you are a douchbag!

/fark you
//witty as hell
///3
 
2012-09-11 12:21:56 AM

Slu: blahpers: Lunaville: Made in America

So, at this point, what men's jeans are still made in America? Levi's and Lee both outsource now (and Levi's quality has been in the crapper ever since).

Difficulty: Durable. A pair of Levi's used to last a decade. Now the freaking belt loops fall apart inside of a year. And I don't wear a belt!

Do you also tuck your t-shirt into your jeans?


Only for formal occasions. : D
 
2012-09-11 12:23:02 AM

Plush_Cthulhu: blahpers: MikeSass: blahpers: Lunaville: Made in America

So, at this point, what men's jeans are still made in America? Levi's and Lee both outsource now (and Levi's quality has been in the crapper ever since).

Difficulty: Durable. A pair of Levi's used to last a decade. Now the freaking belt loops fall apart inside of a year. And I don't wear a belt!

And the answer is: Carhartt

They make regular jeans, but I suggest the canvas pants. They are really comfy and more durable than denim.

Will investigate. Thanks for the information. I'm not terribly patriotic, but I don't mind doing my part to help the manufacturing sector so long as I get a decent product out of it.

Here's some "Made in USA" info for jeans: http://www.americansworking.com/clothingjeans.html
They have all sorts of stuff, not sure how often the site is updated. They're also rockin' the Geocities theme but what can ya do.


Bookmarked despite the theme. Thanks.
 
Slu
2012-09-11 08:29:42 AM

Linkster: Slu: blahpers: Lunaville: Made in America

So, at this point, what men's jeans are still made in America? Levi's and Lee both outsource now (and Levi's quality has been in the crapper ever since).

Difficulty: Durable. A pair of Levi's used to last a decade. Now the freaking belt loops fall apart inside of a year. And I don't wear a belt!

Do you also tuck your t-shirt into your jeans?

Myspace Slu, really? Why yes, I do think you are a douchbag!

/fark you
//witty as hell
///3


I knew there was a reason I had you favorited as "extreme idiot".
 
2012-09-11 09:56:32 AM
If they go to our local JCP for haircuts, they might just as well stick their heads in a blender and get a better style. Apparently they hire from the school for the palsied blind.
 
2012-09-11 09:59:34 AM

Nutsac_Jim:
you can try it on at the store. You can continue to go shopping with no baggage to carry around and leave in the car some someone can break in to your car when you pull in to a restaurant after shopping.
Plus, nobody notices you come home with two bags of clothes, so nobody biatches at you.

then, your items arrive the next day when he is out at work.


Dinjiin: radiobiz: Amazon.com

Until they start showing some metrics such as yarn/thread gauge, break force, color fastness, etc... I'd rather go into the store and feel the quality of the textile. It is rather hard to see if something is crap or not from a low resolution photo.


And here is some great reasoning on why I could be wrong. Retail is evolving rapidly as consumers expectations change. Boy I wish I knew the future here. Then I could make my millions and move on to taking over the tri-state area.

/Agent P!!!
 
2012-09-11 10:12:04 AM

serpent_sky: Nothing will push me out of a store faster than employees asking me if I need help -- especially if it happens more than once. I think employees should be visible and accessible if someone requires assistance, but if I am browsing, let me do it in peace. If I have any questions, I will ask.

The worst offender of late was Radio Shak. We were looking at phones (what the hell is it with all the Droid phones being huge? They're closer to iPads than phones... but I digress) and the sales lady came and asked if we needed help. We said "no thanks, just looking" and that turned into 50 questions. "What carrier do you use? What sort of phone do you have now? What features are you interested in? Have you seen this?" Even though we said "just looking", the questions kept coming, so we left.

I don't know. I am sure there are people who want to be greeted and assisted constantly when they're shopping, I'm just not one of them.


I agree, it's pretty obnoxious. Studies were done in the 90s that demonstrated that more direct approaches to retail customer service (asking you what you need, taking you around the store, talking to you about products) translated to much higher sales. Basically, they found that being a pain in the ass encouraged (bullied) people into buying more. Browsing customers purchased less on average, so many places moved to the new model. This effect was enhanced in stores where employees make individual commission. Fun, huh?
 
2012-09-11 04:33:07 PM
It just might work. People with kids will be waiting for haircuts, and the rest of the store will have less kids running around unsupervised. It's better for other shoppers.
 
2012-09-12 01:44:49 AM
Serendipity...

terminallance.com
 
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