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02/27/20

Pop-Up to Keep Up: Our Top 6 Reasons Why

In today’s digital world, we can easily diminish the importance and power of physical interaction. This is especially true in retail. While retailers and brands such as Sephora, Nike and Warby Parker are pursuing AR and VR technology that allows

Partnering with Farmers Markets
12/04/19

Partnering with Farmers Markets to Expand Your Brand: See What’s Growing

Farmers markets have been around for generations. Interestingly, while some aspects of retail are in flux, farmers markets are booming—expanding in both number and array of offerings. Today, there are more than 8,700 farmers markets across the U.S. No longer

customer experience
11/20/19

Gateway Retail: Reach Your Customers Where They Go

For years, retailers have targeted consumers where they live, work and play. But when customers visit a different environment, the opportunity to reach them expands exponentially. Retailers can capitalize on brand connections—made through gateway retail moments—by offering emotional and purchase-inspiring

Health and Beauty
10/15/19

Health and Beauty Retail Goes for a Greener Audience

Over the years, the number of natural health and beauty products has exploded. And what was once a health-food store category is now universally appealing, with premium-quality offerings. Perhaps 10-15 years ago, natural beauty products in a mainstream store was

destination pop-ups
10/09/19

Destination Pop-Ups Boost Sales With Local Flavor

Branded activations are projected to fuel a $740 million market by 2020, according to the Association of National Advertisers (ANA). In an experience economy, pop-ups can draw a crowd based on excitement and engagement. But the most memorable experiences aren’t

fashion inclusivity
10/02/19

Fashion Inclusivity for Every Body

This post was adapted from our article published in Fashion Mannuscript on October 2nd, 2019 A couple of decades ago, labels like “big & tall” and “plus-sized” marginalized consumers with different sizing needs from the rest of the retail market.

Retail Partnerships
09/23/19

Increase Sales with Retail Partnerships

The holiday shopping season is retail’s biggest breadwinner, bringing in nearly 30% of annual sales each year and climbing. While the amount of holiday shoppers turning to e-commerce continues to grow, brick and mortar is still the method of choice

retail innovation
09/03/19

Home & DIY Retail Innovation with Tech

The 2018 U.S. Census Bureau survey reports that there are 128 million households in the country covering apartments, home rentals, and home ownership (over double the 1960 count of 53 million households). Whether you are a renter or an owner, being

tech toys
08/13/19

A Toy Story: In Retail, New Tech Toys Craft an AR Narrative

Tech toys. For good and for bad, generations of kids are growing up more plugged in than ever. In fact, 84% of children aged 3-7 and 96% between ages 8-12 have access to their own internet-connected devices. In tandem with more

pop-up department stores
08/07/19

The Art of Retail: The Rise of the Pop-Up Department Store

First, there were stand-alone pop-ups. Then, there were pop-up collectives, rooted in community. Now, retail is embracing a new kind of pop-up space modeled after the department store, but there’s a twist: these new pop-up department stores are showcasing digitally

medical retail
07/29/19

The New Face of Medical Retail: From Primary Care to Point of Sale

Prior to the wellness boom, most people would only visit a doctor for the dreaded annual physical, or when something felt seriously wrong. There were clear lines separating medical and merchandise—but these lines are now blurring. With an increasing shift

rental retail
07/23/19

The Rental Retail Economy. When Temporary is on Trend.

Rent the Runway is expanding into kidswear. REI is starting to rent outdoor gear. Ikea is testing out rental furniture. Rental retail is really taking off. Welcome to the sustainable, accessible rental retail eco-system. With pricing that puts a versatile

07/10/19

Home, Smart Home: How AR Captivates Shoppers

Online shopping for furniture, decor, and do-it-yourself projects lends itself to a modern-day dilemma. On one hand, there’s the convenience of having something delivered to your doorstep. On the other hand, it’s important to see how an item will look—and

fitness tech
06/11/19

10,000 Steps Forward: How Fitness Tech is Reshaping the Fitness and Apparel Industries

The fitness industry in the United States is currently worth $30 billion and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Outside of the U.S., the industry grew to approximately 200,000 fitness clubs globally, serving 162 million members. The fitness industry

menswear
05/07/19

It’s Raining Menswear

Since the dawn of time (or at least since the start of mass-market retail), womenswear has been the dominant force in the apparel market. Dresses, shoes, blouses, handbags—you name it; driving sales in these apparel categories was the ultimate goal

gendered marketing
04/16/19

Tech Just for Her: Does Gendered Marketing Work in Tech?

Inclusivity. A big trend hitting retail over the past year. Gender neutrality and gender fluidity are permeating product offerings and retail displays. But at the same exact time, another contradictory trend is impacting the retail space – particularly in the consumer

04/09/19

The Retail Footprint Is Shrinking (Smaller Stores Can Work to a Retailer Brand’s Advantage)

Is bigger really better? When it comes to your retail footprint, the answer is increasingly becoming no. Smaller stores are presenting efficient, market-friendly solutions. We see brands moving away from the tried-and-true, big-box suburban store strategy in favor of smaller, carefully

Hudson Yards
03/20/19

Hudson Yards Opens in NYC – Is This the New Face of Retail?

If you live in New York City, you’ve watched it grow. If you work in retail anywhere in the world, you couldn’t escape the media blitz. It’s finally arrived – Hudson Yards opened on Manhattan’s far West Side last Friday.

digital personalization
02/06/19

Will Digital Personalization be the Top Retail Trend of 2019?

In 2019, we have more choices than ever before. And maybe that’s a bad thing.  Or…  maybe not.  It depends if the choices lead to true and meaningful digital personalization. See for yourself: when women search for make-up concealer on

toy stores
01/21/19

A Tale of Two Toy Stores: FAO Schwarz vs. CAMP

Toys “R” Us is gone. The question has become: who will fill the void? From Party City’s Toy City pop-ups to JC Penney’s expanded toy sections to Kroger’s Toys “R” Us-branded sections, stores across the retail spectrum have entered the

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