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Posted on December 11, 2017 by Bud Morris

“Unstores” Underscore the Intangible

On the face of it, it’s an extraordinary idea. A store as showroom only, no cash registers in sight. Shoppers in these spaces aren’t shoppers at all. More like tire kickers. They look around, ask some questions, maybe try something out. But they leave empty handed. And that’s just the point. The concept of the “unstore” is that customer engagement …

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Posted on November 14, 2017 by Bud Morris

Inaugural “Reimagined” Target Store Unveiled

Its lack of success in this country notwithstanding, Target USA is continuing its full-speed trajectory toward an unprecedented future that stares e-commerce right in the headlights. The next generation of this company’s appearance on the American retail landscape launched last week with the opening of a grand and exceptional store in Richmond, TX, thirty-five miles from Houston. This 124,000-square-foot original …

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Posted on November 2, 2017 by Bud Morris

Walmart Canada Unveils Scan & Go

First, there was the self-bagging innovation. Then there were the self-serve checkouts (and their attendant hovering sales associates, ready to help with inevitable technical mishaps). Now with Walmart’s introduction of Scan & Go technology, shopping enters a freshly interactive age. Last week, Walmart Canada picked 22 stores from across the country as inaugural hosts for a new electronic payment-processing system …

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Posted on September 25, 2017 by Bud Morris

RealREIT Conference Tackles Industry Challenges

The intelligentsia of the retail real estate crowd congregated in Toronto last Thursday to talk property management and disruptors. The fourteenth annual RealREIT conference dove headfirst into its retail focus, and the spate of grim prognoses the media’s been assigning the scene of late. OneREIT CEO Richard Michaeloff was succinct in his efforts to put the hysteria in perspective. “Retail,” …

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Posted on September 11, 2017 by Bud Morris

New Accolade Honours Pros Who Make Spaces Beautifully Liveable

There’s nothing like a prize to make all the effort worth while. By keeping their eyes on the thing, professionals challenge themselves to achieve performance levels beyond those they might hit on a non-competitive landscape. It’s why Antalis, a noted European distributor of papers, packaging and visual communication products, has partnered with Wallpaper* magazine to launch the Antalis Interior Design …

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Posted on September 1, 2017 by Bud Morris

RCC Program Facilitates Meeting Accessibility Targets

The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is making good on its pledge to facilitate Ontario-based retailers’ efforts to meet the province’s new accessibility laws.   The RCC’s training program—a workshop and webinar series that’s part of the EnAbling Change project—offers practical assistance for retailers charged with adhering to an end-of-year complying deadline for a revised set of accessibility laws.   …

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With marijuana legalization slow-burning on the horizon, Canadian entrepreneurs are racing to lay hands on whatever part of the retail pie they can. Retail design is part of this looming revised reality. Pot stores, legit though they might be, are hitting the scene at a significant disadvantage. After all, their head-shop predecessors have established a sketchy reputation for purveyors of …

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Posted on August 14, 2017 by Bud Morris

World Interior of the Year Finalists Announced

The spotlight at this year’s World Interior of the Year contest—the theme for which is “performance”—is on colour, acoustics and volume, and the impact these elements can have on a professional interior space. The shortlist for this prestigious competition—featuring the efforts of practices in the States, Canada, Japan, China, Australia, Mexico, India and Europe—was announced a month ago, and it’s …

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Posted on May 23, 2017 by Bud Morris

Pop-Up Shops Get Digital Boost

Appear Here may be a pioneer in the field of short-term-rental retail space. This smart new British app connects brands, entrepreneurs, retailers, designers and creative types with available space in some of the world’s most vibrant cities. Better yet, it all happens on line. In all, Appear Here offers more than 10 million square feet of commercial space looking to …

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