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window display
09/16/19

Window Display Goes Big Just in Time for Holiday

In a world where we are bombarded with constant information, art is still one of the biggest forms of inspiration. When harnessed in the retail sphere, art draws customers in, evokes emotion and tells a story. Window display is a

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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

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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

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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

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seasonal retail
06/25/19

The Opportunities and “How To” Dynamics of Seasonal Retail Merchandising

Modern retail merchandisers understand that the seasonal retail calendar year is broken down into more than four traditional seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). In fact, the Wall Street Journal enumerates between 13 to 20 seasons! While it can be overwhelming to

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fashion retail
06/17/19

How Mass Merch is Rivaling Fast Fashion Retail Competitors

Up until a few years ago, mass merch retailers like Walmart weren’t synonymous with fashion retail. Their private label clothing brands were never the focus—but fast forward to 2019, where Walmart collections are selling out before hitting the shelves and

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airport retail
05/21/19

Airport Retail — How It Can Help Your Retail Operation Thrive

Been in an airport recently? With the summer travel season upon us, travelers will be crowding into airports—and spending hours waiting for their planes to take off. That gives them hours to do much more than watch CNN or screen gaze: in

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2019 SXSW
05/14/19

2019 SXSW and Coachella Set the Bar for Pop-Ups

It’s springtime. That means we are officially in the thick of music festivals and pop-ups — most predominantly 2019 SXSW and Coachella. As millennials and Gen-Z continue to broaden their spending power, limit their attention span, and gravitate toward the

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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

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04/29/19

At Barnes & Noble, a Story of Fantastical Retail Transformation

You’re a wizard, Harry. May the force be with you. For readers young and old, there are perhaps no two literary franchises more ubiquitous than Harry Potter and Star Wars. To date, the Harry Potter brand has generated nearly $8

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emerging brands
04/22/19

To Boost ROI, Emerging Brands Unite—and Pop-Up

In the past five years, social media has served as a reliable launching pad for emerging brands. Take retailer Fashion Nova’s success with influencer campaigns, or eyewear brand Warby Parker’s ubiquitous Instagram ads. But recently, social media’s usefulness has begun to wane,

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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

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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

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pop up
04/02/19

A Decadent Experience: Lexus Merges Culinary and Cars for a Magical and Surprising Retail Pop-Up

A delicious fluke crudo. A crisp Sancerre pairing. A sleek open kitchen. And…a luxury car? This is the exciting and unique retail pop-up experience that Intersect by Lexus created. Lexus recently partnered up with Union Square Hospitality Group – the brainchild

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retail theater
03/26/19

CPG Converts March Madness into Retail Theater

It’s coming down to the final wire. We’ve spent the past few weeks glued to our TVs and live streaming devices, cheering on our favorite college basketball teams. It’s March Madness (though it’s almost April!), and it hasn’t just infiltrated

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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.

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omnichannel retail
03/08/19

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Omnichannel Retailer

For the beauty industry, 2018 was a perfect 10. Brands both big (including L’Oreal and Olay) and small reported meteoric sales growth, continuing the trend from 2017. Newer names like Fenty Beauty, Kylie Cosmetics and Glossier captured headlines and caught fire on

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home decorating
02/19/19

Why Old School and New School Home Decorating and Home Goods Brands Need to Team Up to Reach Millennials

If you’re a millennial, you’ve probably come across a targeted Instagram ad for new home decorating icon Buffy comforters. Or perhaps you saw the Casper mattress ad campaign on your daily subway commute. Maybe your friend is sporting some new kitchen tools from

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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

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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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