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CPG Brands: Increase Shelf Space with Creative Merchandising

POSTED BY: Chris Gordon on 11/06/19

Small batch. Specialty. Artisanal. Customers are demanding diversified and specialty packaged goods like beer or a five-ingredient granola bar. With a shift in consumer behavior comes an increasing need for CPG creative merchandising in order to rise above other brands. (A quality product won’t shine on product display shelves if shoppers can’t find it.) To

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Strategy, In-store Experience, Signage, Display

Health and Beauty Retail Goes for a Greener Audience

POSTED BY: Therese Daves on 10/15/19

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 practically unheard of. But all of that changed in the mid-2010s: in 2015 the global

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Health and Beauty
Strategy, Creativity, Shopper Moments, Signage, Display, Production

Window Display Goes Big Just in Time for Holiday

POSTED BY: Therese Daves on 09/16/19

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 highly visual experience and in high-volume foot traffic environments, where hundreds—if not thousands—of customers pass

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Creativity, In-store Experience, Shopper Moments

Fitness Retail Gets Shopping Centers Into Shape

POSTED BY: Therese Daves on 09/09/19

Wouldn’t it be great to work out, socialize, grab a juice, and go grocery shopping—and do it all at the same location? Ten years ago, you might have to drive all over town to check off all of your errands and self-care. Today, this type of all-in-one destination is practically the rule, not the exception.

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Strategy, In-store Experience, Shopper Moments, Pop-up, Transformation

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

POSTED BY: Chelica Hiltunen on 06/25/19

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 think about 13 to 20 merchandising turnovers, restocks, and resets, a more proactive approach is

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Strategy, Creativity, In-store Experience, Transformation

How Mass Merch is Rivaling Fast Fashion Retail Competitors

POSTED BY: Katy Marshall on 06/17/19

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 #TargetStyle has amassed over 1,100,000 uses on Instagram. Mass merch retail is finally able to keep

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fashion retail
Strategy, Transformation

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

POSTED BY: Therese Daves on 04/16/19

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 electronics sector. And that trend is gendered marketing. New brands are cropping up left and

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Strategy, In-store Experience, Shopper Moments, Transformation

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

POSTED BY: Michael Decker on 04/09/19

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 curated spaces in cities and bustling college towns. In doing so, brands are looking to

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Strategy, Creativity, In-store Experience, Shopper Moments

Beauty Is in the Eye of the Omnichannel Retailer

POSTED BY: Katy Marshall on 03/08/19

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 social media, riding a wave of attention from younger shoppers. Now everyone wants a bit

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Strategy, Creativity, In-store Experience, Shopper Moments, Pop-up Retail

Retail Renaissance: The New Golden Age of Brick-and-Mortar Retail

POSTED BY: Dona Peters on 01/07/19

The past decade has not been kind to retailers. Malls shuttered, small businesses folded, and beloved chain stores – including Toys“R”Us and Sears – closed their doors. Spurred by delayed effects of the Great Recession and massive shifts in consumer shopping habits, the retail apocalypse was marked by over 12,000 physical store closures – and left

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Strategy, Creativity, In-store Experience, Shopper Moments, Pop-up, Pop-up Retail

A Look Back: Our Favorite 2018 Retail Trends

POSTED BY: Michael Decker on 12/18/18

2018 is over…finally! It was a long year – one that started with the Winter Olympics (yes, we had the Olympics this year) and high schoolers eating Tide Pods. In retail news, we said goodbye to Toys”R”Us, hello to oat milk, and saw that Best Buy was here to stay. As we look back on

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Strategy, Shopper Moments, Pop-up, Social Media Integration, Pop-up Retail

The Intersection of Media and Merchandise: The “As Seen on TV” Pop-Up Strategy

POSTED BY: Katy Marshall on 12/17/18

Media has always been intertwined with retail. Media and merchandise. From the full-page ads in print newspapers and magazines to the product placements on daily news shows, the consumer has always been shown advertisements in conjunction with media. But the way consumers digest news is changing, and so is advertising. CMOs are shaking up their

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media and merchandise
Creativity, Shopper Moments, Signage, Display

An All-Encompassing Trend: Why Health and Wellness Retail Is About More Than Vitamins

POSTED BY: JP Terlizzi on 12/17/18

The start of the new year can only mean one thing: it’s time for resolutions. And for many consumers, that list of goals for the upcoming year starts with wellness through healthy choices.  Health and wellness retail is their starting point. Of course, wellness has been a massive trend in the food & beverage sector,

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Strategy, Creativity, In-store Experience, Shopper Moments, Social Media Integration

Retail Storytelling: Uniting Products Under a Theme

POSTED BY: Therese Daves on 12/04/18

The Night Before Christmas, The Polar Express, The Gift of the Magi, Love & Latkes. Who doesn’t love a great story? During the holidays, everyone cuddles up with our favorite seasonal stories. Now, storytelling is extending to how you merchandise, not just during the holidays, but all year long. The media, business schools, marketing gurus –

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Pop-up, Transformation, Signage, Display

Timberland’s Flex Retail Marketing: Pop-Ups That Don’t Feel Like Pop-Ups

POSTED BY: JP Terlizzi on 11/19/18

In the world of pop-ups, ideas fly fast and furious.  But who would have thought that one of the freshest would come from a legacy brand out of Stratham, New Hampshire? We’ll call it flex retail marketing. Timberland recently launched a “flex” retail pop-up store that is full of life – literally. The 3,500-square-foot retail space (conveniently

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Strategy, In-store Experience, Shopper Moments, Transformation

The Importance of Transparent and Sustainable Fashion

POSTED BY: Katy Marshall on 11/12/18

Plastic has had a bad year. People are saying ‘no’ to plastic straws to save sea turtles. Government officials are passing laws to ban  plastic shopping bags. And reusable water bottle sales are soaring. So what does this have to do with fashion? Well, everything. Especially as more people start to realize that the fashion

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Strategy, Creativity, Shopper Moments, Signage, Display

Retail Holiday Creep: Pros and Cons of (Too) Early Retailer and Retail Brand Displays

POSTED BY: Chris Gordon on 10/29/18

Today is the spookiest day of the year – and it’s also one of retail’s sweetest and tastiest. After the kids crash from sugar overload, the last cobweb is swept up and the witch’s hat is hung up until next year, Halloween is officially over, and you can finally rest. But wait. The elves don’t

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Strategy, Creativity, Shopper Moments, Pop-up, Transformation

Rotating Pop-Up Retail — The Trick to Compelling Return Visits

POSTED BY: Michael Decker on 10/23/18

Everyone loves good pop-up retail. With inventive cross-brand partnerships and creative merchandising, you entice customers into your store for an exciting purchasing experience. And there’s the rub. One pop-up. One experience. One visit. Why not turn one visit into two? Or more? When it comes to pop-ups, the more the merrier. There’s no rule stating

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Strategy, Creativity, In-store Experience, Pop-up, Transformation, Signage, Display

The Original Holiday Pop-Up: What Retailers Can Learn from Spirit Halloween

POSTED BY: Katy Marshall on 10/09/18

Holiday pop-up retail defies expectations.  The so-called retail apocalypse has in fact claimed a lot of victims. Circuit City, Toys”R”Us, Borders are all resting peacefully in the graveyard of “shoppings past”. But amidst all of the passings, there’s one retailer that continues to defy the ashes, and, like a vampire, latch onto its lifeblood: brick-and-mortar.

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Strategy, Creativity, In-store Experience, Shopper Moments, Display

The Incredible Power of Movie Retail Partnerships

POSTED BY: Chris Gordon on 09/18/18

Soon to be released on DVD, Incredibles 2 has already stirred up a world of marketing buzz for movie retail partnerships. For the cinematic release in June, Disney partnered  with no fewer than 14 brands ranging from McDonald’s to Zillow. The latter listed the Parr family home on its site, allowing visitors to explore every room

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