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The Hidden Industry

The Hidden Industry

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although I usually talk about the Community Music Store’s place in our changing industry, I’m always aware that lurking in a dim corner of the music products business model is what I think of as the Music Underground. Seldom glamorous, it is responsible for (I believe) a very large chunk of our collective revenue, despite […]

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Disintermediation

Disintermediation

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sometimes, my column is triggered by a news item; often, one specific encounter within our industry is the inspiration. But there are times when little bits of information from the world at large start sticking together and I sense a change in the Force, so to speak. Call it taking the pulse or sampling the […]

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Adults Rule

Adults Rule

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I first entered this industry more than 30 years ago, I was struck—and charmed, really—by the adults I encountered who wanted to make music. As a person who began playing as a student and never stopped, I didn’t really think about being a former player, let alone what it would be like to have […]

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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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Steal From The Best

Steal From The Best

| March 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Where do you get your ideas…the ones you implement to try to grow your business or improve your operating efficiency? Trade mags like The Retailer? Customer feedback? Competitors? All are viable grist for inspiration, but I’d like to suggest that we all look further than these sources. I’d consider these “line of sight”: direct, obvious […]

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Don’t Capture Market Share… EARN IT

Don’t Capture Market Share… EARN IT

| January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

As I write this, Black Friday (including myriad Black Friday previews, Black-giving holiday openings, Web releases, preview extensions and the ironic “me-too” Cyber Monday previews) has come and gone, and the sloppy, cynical, somewhat desperate selling season has begun—if this distended, scrambling mess of a season can actually be said even to have a beginning. […]

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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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Buying & Selling

Buying & Selling

| May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

I get e-mails from all corners of the industry, from both the retail and the supply side. Sometimes, the message is “thank you” or “you took the words out of my mouth.” Sometimes, I am accused of a Pollyanna-esque, ivory tower viewpoint. (Pollyanna? Perhaps. Ivory tower? Make that makeshift tree house.) I also get people […]

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