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Shopping the Globe: Shanghai

A new Diesel flagship, for which Gensler was the architect-of-record, brings global fashion to Shanghai’s savvy consumers. Photo © Gensler

There’s a saying that China is made up of many Chinas. With a population of more than 1.3 billion people, each province, city and even neighborhood has its own personality that has to be understood before trying to do business here. Shanghai is China’s largest city, and has emerged as its primary economic hub. The retail industry is thriving, and has been a big part of Shanghai’s exponential growth over the past 25+ years. Now firmly established as a world class city, Shanghai is entering a refresh mode – updating aging infrastructure and experimenting with new models of retail – whereas China’s second, third and fourth tier cities are catching up and following Shanghai’s lead.

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Shopping the Globe: Bangalore

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Did you know that India is the world’s largest democratic nation? That over 40% of the world’s under-25-year-old population lives in India? And that there are more middle class consumers (350 million) than there are people in the United States? These are some of the reasons why India is consistently ranked among the top five retail markets. We’re seeing more and more global retailers open new stores in our cities, and Indian consumers are opening their wallets.

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Shopping the Globe: Bangalore – A Sneak Preview

The ColorPlus stores in India bring the brand’s focus on craftsmanship and quality to life. Photo by Prasad Durga; © Gensler.

The retail market in India has been making headlines lately. Walmart is slowing its expansion. Tesco is ramping up. The middle class is growing. The economy is stabilizing. Foreign brands are growing in popularity. And domestic brands are strengthening their offerings in order to compete. It’s an exciting time to be in Bangalore.

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Shopping the Globe: São Paulo

The J.K. Iguatemi shopping mall in São Paulo, Brasil. Image source Stylus.com

We are all witnessing a global migration of brands. For years we’ve found international brands in cities like London, Tokyo, and Paris; now we see them in Kuwait, Seoul and Beijing, too. In my own home city of São Paulo, Brasil, we love global brands, and I’m thrilled that I can now shop at Zara, Sephora, and Topshop. These names are becoming familiar in almost every major metropolitan area around the world.

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