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Over the past few years, the National Retail Federation (NRF) has done something innovative with its annual Big Show technology conference. They curate the top retail stores to visit in NYC that offer experiential retail experiences. Attendees can check them out either through guided or self-guided tours. Imagine that. Experiencing actual retail stores as part...

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Our blog series on restaurant trends. Much like retail stores, traditional restaurants are experiencing disruptive factors more than even before. We interviewed some industry veterans to learn more about restaurant trends and their suggestions about how restaurant operators can evolve their businesses and keep diners coming back for more. Thank you to Michelle Bythewood, CMO...

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A Half Year Check Up on the State of US Brick and Mortar Retail It’s been a tumultuous and eventful first half of 2017 as the retail industry continues to morph almost daily. Analysts and industry commentators are waiting to see where things fall as the dust settles after long standing retailers like Sears, Kmart,...

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A store where you can’t buy anything? A DJ booth where you get your Samsung tablet fixed? That’s what you’ll find at Samsung 837. And more. Here’s what we discovered when during a recent client briefing with the Samsung 837 team. An immersive cultural center Samsung considers the space the creative expression of its brand...

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New concepts, new markets Smart retailers are evolving their brick-and-mortar store concepts to more effectively compete against ecommerce, respond to changing US demographics including urbanization and the increased buying power of Millenials. Why is brick-and-mortar still important?  We think that L Brands CEO Leslie H. Wexner, in a recent article published in Retail Dive, said...

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