May, 2023

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The future of retail: Global trends shaping the next 5 years

Retail Dive

How can brands plan for the future in a disruptive economic environment? Google partnered with Kantar and Bain to analyze shopper behavior and identified four critical trends that will define the retail industry in the coming years.

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Please Put Me Back On Hold!

Hyken

“Please put me back on hold. I want to keep listening to the music,” said nobody, ever – unless they were listening to the hold music at the Kansas City Foot and Ankle medical practice. The owner of this four-office podiatry practice with seven doctors and 25 staff members, Dr. Mark Green, has always focused on creating a positive, unique and frictionless patient experience.

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The Power of AI to Support Field Service Employees and Maintain Exceptional Customer Experiences

Retail TouchPoints

We’re three years removed from the pandemic’s Great Resignation, and talent shortages remain across all industries, including construction, trades and other sectors requiring maintenance and repair technicians. Nearly 25% of construction workers are older than 55 — a growing trend that may see an industry short of over 340,000 workers by 2024. Over 70% of field service companies like utilities, telecom and property maintenance also have a shortage skills gap.

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How to build a bricks-and-mortar store that attracts and retains customers

Inside Retail

It’s challenging for bricks-and-mortar retailers to stand out from the crowd. The key to driving customers in-store (and getting them to keep coming back) is differentiation. Using a differentiation strategy allows retailers to create a unique in-store shopping experience – that can’t be replicated online, and will set you apart from the competition.

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The Pragmatic Guide to Composability

Be empowered to master the digital landscape and implement modular and adaptable composable technologies. Authored by Orium, The Pragmatic Guide to Composability takes readers on a journey from composable’s beginnings to common misconceptions about the approach, then concludes with strategies for choosing implementations that result in quick wins to grow your ROI.

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Workers prefer longer days and shorter workweeks

Retail Wire

A Washington Post-Ipsos survey of working adults finds that 75 percent would prefer working four 10-hour days instead of five eight-hour ones. Workers say the extra day off gives them more time to recover and complete personal tasks. Employers, however, do not appear to be in a rush to move away from the five-day workweek.

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What is Sustainability in Retail?

Wiser

In more recent years sustainability has become a major priority for many brands and retailers. Unfortunately, this is because retail plays a huge role in climate issues. In fact, according to World Retail Congress , retailers are responsible for more than 25 percent of global emissions. Retail is an industry that inevitably generates waste, but there is a path forward that is more environmentally friendly.

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EBBA Architects transforms former jellied-eel restaurant into eyewear store

Dezeen

Local studio EBBA Architects has designed a store for eyewear brand Cubitts that preserves and draws on the original 1930s interior of the traditional F Cooke restaurant on London's Broadway Market. The restaurant, which sold cockney dishes such as jellied eel and pie and mash, had been located on the east London street since 1900 but was given a modernist update in the 1930s.

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Nordstrom Names Ex-Target and Walmart CFO to Top Financial Post

Retail TouchPoints

Nordstrom has appointed Cathy R. Smith as its new CFO, effective May 29, 2023. Smith brings extensive experience in retail finance posts, including serving as CFO at Walmart from 2010 to 2014 and at Target from 2015 to 2020. Most recently, she was Chief Administrative Officer and CFO at Bright Health Group. At Nordstrom, Smith will be responsible for financial planning and analysis, accounting, tax, internal audit, treasury, investor relations and strategy sourcing.

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“Use it or lose it”: How local precincts are faring amid return to the CBD

Inside Retail

There was huge momentum behind the ‘shop local’ movement over the last few years, as consumers were restricted to certain locations during Covid-19 lock-downs, and felt connected to the success and survival of local businesses. This was partly measured by 2021 research from Shopper , with 62 percent of customers making an effort to support local businesses, and one in three Australians feeling closer to their local community during this period.

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Tourists flock to luxury retail stores in San Francisco

Retail Wire

Foot traffic in San Francisco’s Union Square shopping district may be down 27 percent, but tourists are spending big at luxury retailers. “The luxury shopper isn’t experiencing the city the way regular shoppers are—they are in a bubble,” said Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData.

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Innovation Fest: Summer of AI

Join Bloomreach at Innovation Fest: Summer 2024, a virtual event, to explore the future of personalized marketing and merchandising! Along with the company’s top product experts, CEO Raj De Datta will provide an exclusive look at the company’s latest AI innovations reshaping the omnichannel experience. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to connect with fellow industry leaders and explore the latest trends in retail technology.

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John Lewis Partners to team up with The Floor Room nationwide

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! John Lewis and The Floor Room have announced an exclusive partnership, to create an exciting new fitted flooring offer across the retailer’s department stores and online. Under the agreement, the flooring specialist will take over responsibility for all of John Lewis’ fitted flooring, from customer consultation to installation.

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Target faces new backlash after pulling Pride merchandise in some stores

Retail Dive

The mass merchant said it has celebrated Pride Month for more than a decade with special edition assortments, but this year store staff are enduring confrontations and volatile behavior.

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Studio Paul Chan references Wes Anderson at Boisson bottle shop in LA

Dezeen

The opening scene from a Wes Anderson film provided a starting point for the interior of this bottle shop in Los Angeles, by locally based Studio Paul Chan. The first LA location for Boisson combines elements of mid-century Hollywood design and art deco in a 1,160-square-foot (108-square-metre) space to showcase a selection of non-alcoholic beverages.

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Digital Marketing Tactics for Uncertain Times

Retail TouchPoints

After a slower-than-expected 2022 holiday season, many retailers have tightened their budgets in 2023. While optimizing budgets in times of financial uncertainty makes sense, such times also provide smart marketers with easier opportunities to improve market position. According to research from Analytic Partners, 63% of marketers that increased their marketing investment during the financial crisis of 2008 generated a positive ROI.

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Secrets of a Successful Sale: Optimizing Your Checkout Process

Speaker: David Nisbet, Everett Zufelt, and Michaela Weber

Once upon a time, in the vast realm of online commerce, there lived a humble checkout button overlooked by many. Yet, within its humble click lay the power to transform a mere visitor into a loyal customer. 🧐 💡 Getting checkout right can mark the difference between a successful sale and an abandoned cart, yet many businesses fail to make payments a part of their commerce strategy even when it has a direct impact on revenue.

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Canada Goose to launch into Australia

Inside Retail

Canada Goose is set to make a foray into Australia under a brand management agreement reached with Brand Collective. The brand will roll out retail stores this year in Melbourne and Sydney, and open an e-commerce platform, to be augmented by selected wholesale distribution. “Partnering with a world-class luxury brand like Canada Goose gives us a great sense of pride,” said Brand Collective CEO Eric Morris.

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Publix ending its GreenWise store experiment

Retail Wire

Publix has confirmed that it will rebrand its eight GreenWise Market stores under its namesake banner. “Our customers’ shopping habits have reinforced that they enjoy the attributes of a Publix GreenWise Market location, but within their traditional Publix shopping setting,” said company spokesperson Hannah Herring.

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WRS Rezones 100 Acres at Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg, Maryland for Mixed-Use Village

Shopping Center

Gaithersburg, Md. — WRS Real Estate Investments has successfully rezoned a 100-acre site in Gaithersburg that houses Lakeforest Mall. The Gaithersburg City Council approved the rezoning of the site for mixed-use as well as a sketch plan of the future… The post WRS Rezones 100 Acres at Lakeforest Mall in Gaithersburg, Maryland for Mixed-Use Village appeared first on Shopping Center Business.

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J.C. Penney profits tumbled last year, as sales edged down

Retail Dive

The department store’s investments are hitting its bottom line, but could fuel its comeback, according to owner Simon Property Group’s CEO.

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an

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Waitrose launches UK’s first own-brand Fairtrade coconut oil

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! Waitrose has launched its new own-label coconut oil, which is both organic and Fairtrade, the first of its kind in the UK. This coconut oil has been produced by the Sonmic Organic and Natural Farmers’ Association (SONFA).

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Dollar General Expands DG Fresh Footprint as it Bolsters Supply Chain

Retail TouchPoints

Dollar General is beefing up its supply chain with of its first ground-up, dual facility in Blair, Neb. and two permanent regional distribution hubs in Newnan, Ga. and Fort Worth, Texas. The off-price retailer also is planning to expand its existing Jonesville, S.C. and Amsterdam, N.Y. facilities. The recently opened Blair facility combines the efficiencies of both traditional and DG Fresh supply chain networks as part of the retailer’s strategic, multi-phased shift to self-distribution of froze

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Denmark’s Ganni to open first Australian flagship

Inside Retail

Danish luxury brand Ganni is set to open its first Australian flagship store in Sydney on June 2. The Copenhagen-based ready-to-wear brand is known for its ‘Scandi 2.0’ sense of style. It operates 37 retail stores across Europe and the US and delivers internationally to 35 countries including Australia, South Korea and Canada. The flagship, located in The Galeries on George Street, takes inspiration from the family home of Ganni’s founders, husband-and-wife duo Ditte and Nicolaj Reff

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Nordstrom is getting out of San Francisco

Retail Wire

Nordstrom is closing its Nordstrom Rack store in San Francisco on July 1 and its namesake department store by the end of August. “Decisions like this are never easy, and this one has been especially difficult,” said Jamie Nordstrom, the retailer’s chief stores officer. “We’ve spent more than 35 years serving customers in downtown San Francisco, building relationships with them and investing in the local community.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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Sometimes Customers Are Just Having a Bad Day

Hyken

You’ve probably experienced this. No matter how hard you try to please some customers, they aren’t happy. It’s frustrating, but at the same time, it’s reality. And speaking of reality, no matter how good you are at creating an amazing customer experience, the customer’s perception counts. Their perception is their reality. I once went to an amazing restaurant – at least, I was told it was amazing.

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In massive executive shuffle, Nike names new Jordan president

Retail Dive

Craig Williams will take on a new role as president of geographies and marketplace, while Sarah Mensah takes on Jordan. The retailer also named a new head of North America.

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Yorkshire Asian Young Achiever Awards nominations now open

Retail Times

Retail Times publishes international & UK retail news covering products, data, tech, packaging, people, research, comment and more besides! A leading award scheme that celebrates the achievements of young Asian people in Yorkshire is now open for entries. The Yorkshire Young Achiever Awards – known as “the YAYAs” – are in their fourth year and have grown into a key event in the Yorkshire and UK awards calendar.

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Bluestar Alliance Buys Scotch & Soda’s U.S. Business

Retail TouchPoints

An affiliate of brand management company Bluestar Alliance has purchased the U.S.-based wholesale and retail business assets of the Scotch & Soda brand, which will allow its products to be sold in retail stores across the country. Currently the Amsterdam-based brand’s apparel, eyewear, fragrances and accessories are available in stores across Europe, North America, the Middle East, Africa and Australia.

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Exploring the Advantages and Hurdles of Direct Store Deliveries

Direct Store Delivery, or DSD, is a common practice among global suppliers and retailers – like PepsiCo, Frito Lay, CVS, and Dollar General – and its popularity is growing, with the global DSD market expected to reach $1.19 trillion by 2027. Download this eBook for exclusive insights into direct store deliveries, challenges, benefits, and future trends.

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US mall giant Simon’s latest results reveal four issues facing the sector

Inside Retail

When it released its first-quarter results recently, Simon Property Group, the largest mall operator in the US and a global player with projects in the US, Europe and Asia, reiterated its bullishness on the future of the mall sector. Is the crowing justified or is it a smokescreen to disguise an industry in continuing decline? And what is the spillover into Asia ?

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Gen Z has influencer aspirations

Retail Wire

Members of Gen Z use TikTok and other social media to share their fashion finds and other details of their lives like professional influencers. “You might have 12 followers and you’re selling swag,” said Vickie Segar, the founder of Village Marketing. “The macro movement of everyone being a creator, and the idea that creators should monetize themselves in every avenue they can, is just trickling down to the everyday person.

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Toro Signs 11 Tenants to Mixed-Use Development Underway in Metro Atlanta

Shopping Center

Johns Creek, Ga. — Toro Development Co. (TDC) has announced leases with 11 tenants at Medley, a mixed-use project currently underway in Johns Creek, roughly 30 miles northeast of Atlanta. Upon completion, the development will include 200,000 square feet of… The post Toro Signs 11 Tenants to Mixed-Use Development Underway in Metro Atlanta appeared first on Shopping Center Business.

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Tuesday Morning is going out of business after 49 years

Retail Dive

The discount retailer is working to close its remaining stores after a federal bankruptcy judge approved Hilco Global's $32 million offer.

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From Concept to Deployment: Building Commerce Storefronts with Composable UI