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Thursday
Jun292017

Retail, Dinner and Debate

Image © Gensler

Omni-channel, digital, branded, augmented-reality. With the retail industry in a constant state of flux and consumer habits that are constantly evolving, retailers have a lot to talk about. Last month Gensler hosted its inaugural Retail Dinner & Debate with seven top retail industry professionals at New York Vintner's beautiful wine cellar. With attendees ranging from retailers to developers and owners representatives, the discussion covered many topics including retailers’ “wish lists” for brick & mortar stores and the obstacles they face internally and externally. There’s something special about sharing a meal that elicits lively and open dialogue.

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Thursday
May182017

Retail in India: Complex, Contradictory and Full of Opportunity

Mumbai coastline. Photo: Dhurandar.

In 2017, retailers in Europe are focusing on accelerating change in the business, while a major retail restructuring has been gathering momentum on the American horizon. If you look halfway around the world, a steady rise in consumption has been underway, and is being projected for the next decade in the higher growth economies of China and India (Source: OECD Interim Economic Outlook March 2017).

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Sunday
Apr232017

A New Breed of Fast Fashion Experience in Asia 

Image © Blackstation.

From H&M to Zara, the fast fashion sector has enjoyed rapid growth over the past few years, largely driven by consumer demand for affordable, on-trend clothing. In a world where the retail experience is as important as the product, consumers are craving a more elevated, curated shopping environment, with brands seeking to remain relevant and engage in new ways.

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Thursday
Apr132017

Changing an Automotive Retail Paradigm

Image © Carvana.

Billed as “the world's first fully-automated, coin-operated car vending machine,” Carvana vending machines are starting to “protrude” from high visibility properties around many urban areas lately. Beyond visual interest, this belies a subtle shift we see in the automotive retail typology moving forward. It’s much less about advertising as in the past, and more an all-out assault on the conventional car buying model, which traditional dealerships are being forced to address.

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Friday
Jan062017

Visual Merchandising: The Silent Salesperson 

8Seconds, Shanghai, China. Image © Gensler.

When I last wrote about my experiences at the International Retail Design Conference, I mentioned visual merchandising as “one of the prime vehicles for creating a retail experience that’s memorable for consumers and profitable for brands.” I also mentioned that it is a pain point for retailers. Why?

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