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Friday
Aug262016

The New Era of Food Halls

City Point Brooklyn - Food Hall Study images.

In 2010, an unused basement space at the Plaza Hotel in New York City was converted into a diverse specialty food center with engaging counter seats. With its popularity and success, the food hall began to take off. Today, there are hundreds of food halls across the United States with about 15 more planned or in construction as of this year.

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Tuesday
Aug232016

The New Automotive Model

Citroën C42 showroom, Paris.

On a recent visit to Paris, while strolling down the Champs-Élysées checking out the latest retail shops, the last thing on my mind was cars. But, when I stumbled across the Citroën C42 showroom, I was intrigued. With all the retailers vying for customers’ attention along the prestigious avenue, this building certainly stood out. Right off the bat, the faceted glass façade with light bouncing off the multi-colored panes commands one’s attention. It brings to mind movement, as in driving. (Duh.)

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Monday
Aug222016

Retail Revival: From High Street to Online

Zara, a successful store in the bricks-and-mortar store in the digital age?

Some (notably me) love the idea of shopping. I often head to Oxford Street with hope in my heart that I’ll find exactly what I am looking for, in the right size, the right colour and the right style. Is that too much to ask? But reality slowly starts to set in as I fight through the crowds, and eventually I leave disappointed as I fail to find that perfect item.

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Tuesday
Aug162016

Solving the Content Conundrum

Cadillac House. Image © Gensler.

As the retail landscape continues to evolve, brick-and-mortar stores seek to provide new experiences that will lure consumers away from their smart phones, and inevitably towards the cashwrap. Our clients are always in search of that “wow” moment and, in turn, so are we. This often results in a heightened sense of retail theater, with technology and digital media taking the front seat.

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Thursday
Jul142016

Stores Must Learn to Think Like Facebook

Cadillac House. Image © Gensler

Constant connectivity means people’s attentions are constantly divided, and the erosion of work-life balance has made free time more valuable than ever. As a result, people have divided their shopping habits into the “needs” and the “wants.” We source our needs online, saving our valuable free time for the wants. More often than not, the wants are experiences and not things.

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