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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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Monday
Jan022017

Top Retail Trends of Interest 2016

Cadillac House. Photo: Eric Laignel.

If 2016 taught us anything, it was that change is inevitable. As we kick off a new year and reflect back upon 2016, let’s take a look at some of the top retail trends we saw take shape last year, and how some retailers are embracing everything from augmented and virtual reality to artificial intelligence, robotics and unconventional partnerships in order to draw consumers, customize offerings and stay ahead of the curve.

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Friday
Dec092016

The Set List: Instant Gratification

Expectations of immediacy have never been higher. How should brands meet these expectations?

Editor’s note: this blog is the second in a series discussing trends and insights into the world around us.

“I WANT IT NOW!”

Sound familiar? In our digitally enabled world of instant access, expectations of immediacy have never been higher and the demand for immediate results has seeped into all aspects of our lives.

In his book, ‘The Impulse Society’, Paul Roberts writes that ‘our entire consumer culture has elevated immediate gratification to life’s primary goal”. This is further proved by Kissmetrics statistics on ‘How Loading Time Affects Your Bottom Line’, revealing that 47% of consumers expect a website to load in 2 seconds or less.

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