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Posted on January 7, 2014 by Michael Benarroch

Retail, Version 2014

No doubt 2013 was a game-changer for retail (could we have imagined a day when we’d buy dinner with our telephones?) and the pace of technological development was furious, but — and here’s where things get interesting — the full potential of many of these nascent additions to the retail scene is far from being realized.

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Posted on December 24, 2013 by Michael Benarroch

House of Thrones: Canada’s Best Restrooms Announced

Cintas Canada has announced the winners of its annual Best Restroom Contest and, this year, a humble gas station in northern Alberta has scored top honours. The Valleyview Shell Super Station has won first place for its tidy, assiduously scrutinized and surprisingly luxurious facilities.

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Posted on November 21, 2013 by Michael Benarroch

Digital Tools Enrich Conventional Shopping Experience

The marriage between brick-and-mortar stores and their e-commerce outposts was an inevitable one. The wedding, predictably, was lavish and multifaceted. And the honeymoon stretch includes lots of instances in which the sweet, smart logic of the union is on full display.

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Posted on November 11, 2013 by Michael Benarroch

Shape-Shifting Store Introduces New Take on Retail

Just as the Germans have added a third gender that gives parents another box to consider ticking at their baby’s birth, a new concept shop in New York has introduced another category to the retail industry. To brick-and-mortar and online stores, add the notion of the permanent but ever-evolving pop-up shop.

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Posted on November 3, 2013 by Michael Benarroch

Smart Shelves Promise Granular Marketing Opportunities

Most folks don’t include chips and chocolate on their shopping lists — but they return home from the store with the stuff in their bags. The market for these goodies is largely courtesy of impulse purchases, impetuously made by shoppers who can’t resist their siren’s call from the retail shelves.

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Posted on October 19, 2013 by Michael Benarroch

Feds Turn Back on to Incandescents

The Canadian government is shining a (decidedly less environmentally friendly) light on its efforts to become more energy efficient, of late. In early October, the feds announced a proposal to pull back on their previously ambitious plans to overhaul Canada’s energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. Citing a desire to increase consumer choice and economically integrate our standards with those …

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Posted on October 4, 2013 by Michael Benarroch

Tips for Flash Retail Success

Pop-up stores are, er, popping up like an epidemic in this inventive retail age and resourceful merchants do themselves a favour to learn the ropes behind erecting such temporary colonies for flogging their goods.

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Posted on August 26, 2013 by Michael Benarroch

JWT Report: Shopping Gets Reinvented

In “Retail Rebooted,” the latest trend report out of New York-based marketing communications big shot JWIntelligence, a trio of key trends delivering change to the retail arena are revisited. The result of a quantitative and qualitative burst of research conducted among American and British retail players, experts and influencers, the report revises its take on three critical developments it identified …

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Posted on August 10, 2013 by Michael Benarroch

Choosing Effective Store Fixtures: 11 Tips

A basket of goods is only as good as its basket. From a retail standpoint, that means picking the most efficient, appealing and customer-friendly store fixtures you can, so consumers perusing the goods that rest among them are compelled to reach for their wallets. Shopping is a psychological exercise, after all, and if a store’s goods are appealingly set off, …

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