Tag: Dan Vedda

Guitar Center: More Or ‘Lesson’?

Guitar Center: More Or ‘Lesson’?

| October 15, 2015

Editor’s Note: Shortly before press time, Guitar Center confirmed to The Retailer that, by the end of the year, GC would have 87 stores with lessons. The lessons initiative started in 2012. You’ve likely been hearing the news—including in the pages of this magazine—that our industry’s dominant chain has embarked on a company-wide rollout of […]

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Veddatorial: Bad Blood

Veddatorial: Bad Blood

| September 23, 2015

All it takes is a bad supplier to get my early-career dander up again. It doesn’t happen often; better industry suppliers and my own selection process usually serve to insulate me. There’s also a comfort zone that comes from dealing with particular people over the years and the level of trust that that engenders. But […]

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Veddatorial: Educating The Consumer

Veddatorial: Educating The Consumer

| August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

I believe our most difficult job for the next few years—as an industry and, in particular, as retailers—is to educate the music products consumer. Traditionally, we have outsourced the job to band directors, rock stars, and assorted teachers and other tastemakers in the field. Oh, retailers have participated in the process, but that participation has […]

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Commitment To Leadership

Commitment To Leadership

| April 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Crucial to the success of the environment-of-ideas approach that Dan Vedda has recently been espousing is another element he thinks of as a “commitment to leadership.”

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Ask, And Ye Shall Receive

Ask, And Ye Shall Receive

| November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Everywhere we turn, we encounter change. Not just “Oooh, that’s different!” change, but also “Where the hell am I?” change. We’re navigating paradigm shifts, disruptive technologies and social upheaval like a lumberjack log roll; even if we’re still on our log, we can hear splashes all around us. At least, it feels that way some […]

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Re-Inventing Necessity

Re-Inventing Necessity

| October 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

If Necessity is the Mother of Invention, then we have to define Necessity to re-invent our stores. And re-invent them we must, because Necessity IS changing. In 1993, who would have thought that a personal, portable phone would be considered a necessity by a vast majority of the population? Most of us no longer feel […]

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Urgency Is A Two-Way Street

Urgency Is A Two-Way Street

| September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

We are not living in relaxed times. The rapid pace of innovation, the ability for instant—and constant—communication and the regular introduction of “disruptive technologies” have mutated many of us to become impatiently addicted to instant gratification. We want any and every entertainment available with a swipe and a poke, information at our proverbial fingertips and […]

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Guitarmageddon II

Guitarmageddon II

| August 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you’ve been following the trades, you might be gleefully crowing over the difficulties Guitar Center seems to be having. Although I shed no tears for the reversals of those who live by the sword, I believe we could be heading for a Dickensian contrast: “It was the best of times, it was the worst […]

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Apassionata

Apassionata

| April 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Almost all of us are passionate about something, and virtually all of us want to share our passion. Whether it’s music, cooking or our favorite football team, few of us pursue these passions privately. We thrive when we interact with kindred spirits, and we get excited when we introduce our consuming interest to someone new. […]

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