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Friday
Aug192011

A Casual Concern

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High-end restaurants used to be an "event." The eatery was the destination, and you dressed to the nines, donning your pearls and shining your shoes.

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Wednesday
Aug102011

The Art & Science of Shopping: Shopping the Seven Seas

Part of my client roster is Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and I had the privilege (and I mean privilege) to work as their retail design consultant on what at the time had been deemed “Project Genesis” for the onboard shops. This was my first foray into cruise ship retail, and it reminds me of an expression a friend always used to say, “If you’re going to be a bear, be a grizzly.”

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Wednesday
Aug102011

Technology’s Impact on the Store’s Footprint

This post on PSFK last week really struck me. For the past few years we’ve seen consumers using their smartphones in stores to seek enhanced product information, compare prices, read reviews, even place orders, so the concept is not new. But what grabbed my attention about this SK Telecom effort is the significant impact this could have on retail real estate.

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Wednesday
Jul132011

The Art & Science of Shopping: Navigating the Shanghai Marketplace

I was recently in Shanghai for a conference, the Global Department Store Forum, to hear perspectives on the retail industry from CEO's of the world's best department stores. Given my passion for shopping, the presentations only made me want to go hit the streets of Shanghai and spend some Yuan. I managed to squeeze in one day of my own for just this purpose, escorted by a friend who had been living in Shanghai for a few months.

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Monday
Jun202011

Welcome Change: Reinvesting in Hotels

Earlier this month I participated in a panel discussion that asked “Capital Expenditures: A Design for Pinching Pennies or Spending for Recovery?” at New York University’s Hospitality Investment Conference. While our hotel clients are always seeking smart, sustainable, economical designs that maximize ROI, I definitely answer that question with “spending for recovery!”

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