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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 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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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 April 10, 2017 by Bud Morris

The Slash of the Cash

Years ago, predictions of a paperless society fluttered about the place like so much confetti. Today, the subject of predicted demise is cash—and retailers should take note. Last September, payment tech behemoth Moneris published a report that said cash will account for just 10 percent of all purchases in Canada by 2030, with the balance made up by credit, debit …

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Posted on January 23, 2017 by Carm McCormick

Shop Cat Trend Purrs Along

In 2010, an IKEA store in England made the curious choice to release 100 cats into its ultra-modern, slat-supported Scandinavian midst. Scant detail exists on the rationale behind the experiment. But the results—to which the YouTube videos of leaping, bounding, box-occupying felines can attest—are splendid. The relationship between cats and stores is a longstanding one. Everyone knows a card shop …

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