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New Forms of Payment

Image © Tim Griffith

There is a transformation underway, and not just in how we shop but in how we pay for the items we buy.

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For the People by the People 

Image © Charlie Mayer

The past few generations of American consumers have trended toward eating out more often, outsourcing more work around the house, and buying things ready-made in faraway places by people they don’t know. But the pendulum is now swinging in the opposite direction: the gap between the goods we consume and their origins is closing.

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From Emerging to Established: Spotlight on Mexico’s Booming Luxury Market

El Palacio’s department store in Querétaro’s Antea Mall won an award of merit at the Retail Design Institute’s 44th International Store Design Awards in New York Jan. 12. The store has also been named a finalist for the 2015 the A.R.E. Design Awards. Image © Charlie Mayer

In terms of the luxury fashion industry, Mexico can no longer be referred to as an emerging market. The country boasts Latin America’s second largest economy and is now an established and consequential player within the global fashion economy.

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Brick and Mortar: Still the Preferred Shopping Channel

The Hudson Grace storefront at the Marin Country Mart. Image © Michael Townsend

For all the talk of investing in digital platforms, brick-and-mortar still wins out as the preferred shopping channel for customers. As many as 90% of all retail sales are transacted in stores with 95 % of those sales captured by retailers with a brick-and-mortar presence. Physical stores play a critical role in online purchases. According to an Omnichannel Shopping Preferences Study conducted by A.T. Kearney, as many as two-thirds of shoppers go to a physical store before or after making an online purchase.

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What Makes it Fun? 

Buildings can be functional and beautiful. But what makes them fun? Image © Gensler

Recently I made a presentation to a group of clients about a project we are designing for them. There were five clients and six people from our team in the room. Three of the room’s walls were completely covered with impressive renderings and plans. There was a large video monitor displaying images as well. The massive conference table was completely covered with the proposed building materials, finish selections, proposed furniture selections, etc. Our team had put their heart and soul into this project. Needless to say we were very proud of our work!

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