50 Best Concept Stores Worldwide – 2017

We continue to be surprised and inspired by new iterations of the concept store. Whilst a well-worn term, retailers worldwide are constantly rethinking the format. There are five storey department stores with ‘secret’ stockrooms for those in-the-know. There are gallery-stores that refresh with the seasons. Flower shops operate under the guise of a cafe. For … More 50 Best Concept Stores Worldwide – 2017

The Hottest Retail Topics Discussed At ICSC RECon 2017

Experts Say These Were The Hottest Topics Discussed At ICSC RECon. More than 37,000 players in the retail and commercial real estate industry converged on Las Vegas from all over the country for ICSC RECon 2017, the biggest retail event of the year. Drinks were had. Deals were made. And the inner workings of the retail industry were discussed … More The Hottest Retail Topics Discussed At ICSC RECon 2017

Rethinking Traditional Anchors.

Even as anchor retailers such as JCPenney, Sears, Sports Authority and Macy’s downsize their store fleets, there are plenty of vibrant, newer concepts to replace them, experts say. Small-business optimism hit a low point 2009, but the entrepreneurial climate has been climbing steadily ever since. In January of 2016, the National Federation of Independent Business’ … More Rethinking Traditional Anchors.

How Unattended Kiosks Are Connecting Consumers With Cosmetics.

From cosmetics to cars, seemingly almost anything is available through self-serve these days. The April Unattended Retail Tracker™ looks at how companies, from banks to restaurants and beyond, are incorporating automation to deliver products and raise brand awareness. Also, PYMNTS interviews Proactiv EVP Kimber Maderazzo about the skin care company’s investment in unattended kiosks and … More How Unattended Kiosks Are Connecting Consumers With Cosmetics.

Retail chains are floundering and it’s not because of Amazon

Is Amazon really the killer everyone says it is? More retailers are on the brink of death than any time since the Great Recession, according to ratings firm Moody’s. Hundreds of department stores are closing, and once-chic clothing brands are barely treading water — or, in the case of American Apparel and The Limited, recently … More Retail chains are floundering and it’s not because of Amazon

How Retailers Are Personalizing the Shopping Experience This Holiday Season

The biggest story this holiday shopping season isn’t expected to be any specific toy or garment that’s flying off the shelves, but the way consumers are being recognized and how they’re finding the products they ultimately purchase when they shop inside physical stores. With holiday retail sales expected to increase just 1.8% this year, retailers … More How Retailers Are Personalizing the Shopping Experience This Holiday Season

Internal Amazon documents reveal a vision of up to 2,000 grocery stores across the US

Amazon wants to open 20 brick-and-mortar grocery stores over the next two years, and the online retailer believes the US market has room for up to 2,000 of its Amazon Fresh-branded grocery stores over the next decade, Business Insider has learned. Amazon is planning to operate a 20-location pilot program for its grocery stores by … More Internal Amazon documents reveal a vision of up to 2,000 grocery stores across the US

Maybe We’ll See Pop-up Valentine’s Day Stores Next Year?

Like the swallows that return to Capistrano and the inevitable taxes we pay every April 15th, the mall Halloween pop-up store has become an annual ritual. Not associated exclusively with holidays, pop-ups can mean quick and easy income from the increased foot traffic in prime but previously unused space. Tom Jones, principal with Colliers International, … More Maybe We’ll See Pop-up Valentine’s Day Stores Next Year?

WEGMAN’S, THE MOST APPRECIATED GROCERY STORE IN THE US

by Stéphane Keulian.  Original story from stephanekeulian.com When it comes to high-end, local and organic food stores in the US, you may spontaneously think about Trader Joe’s or Whole Food Market.  Considering their large store networks throughout the country, it makes sense. However, they are not the most appreciated grocery stores in the US. They have been outperformed … More WEGMAN’S, THE MOST APPRECIATED GROCERY STORE IN THE US