Cabela's is encouraging women to participate in outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing. The retailer offers products geared toward them, including pink-handled firearms, and has workshops on fly-fishing and other sports.
Some companies obsessively compile customer data for marketing, even though most of the information is useless, Wharton marketing professors Eric Bradlow and Peter Fader write. Not only is the extra information a waste of time, Bradlow and Fader say, hoarding it can put a company at risk for a costly security breach. Their guideline is simple: Hang onto only the information that provides a competitive edge. Everything else must go.
Bashas' is rolling out Pure Cart Systems cart washers at its stores. The system sprays a combination of water, peroxide and vinegar on carts to prevent contamination from salmonella, staph and E. coli.
Carl's Jr., which has its roots in a Los Angeles hot dog cart, is temporarily bringing back chili dogs in the West. The originals sold for 20 cents, and customers can buy two of the new versions for $3.