Australian Retail Interior Design In Focus

Australian retail has been recognised on both national and international platforms this week, with the national Retail Design Awards 2012 naming the best in Australian retail fitout design and the 2012 International Store Design Awards in New York recognising the world’s best. On an international scale, Melbourne interior design practice Russell George has been named [...]

The Satisfied Customer – Great Service Still Exists

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Well it certainly is a change to be able to write an absolutely positive blog on an eating experience. It’s becoming a not so common occurrence. However, for all you Australians out there and of course for those wonderful international visitors traveling in the Adelaide area, we were treated to a fantastic experience by our [...]

Business Plan Update

Following on from my post on “Business Plan – An important lesson” I have had comments about the minimum requirements for a business plan and where they can get an expanded contents list that they can use rather than just the main sections. Now, I have to admit that I do understand the frustrations that [...]

Retail Startups – Importance of site/store location

It still rings true, location, location, location. I was just reflecting on some of the issues involved in selecting a location for your retail business startup and came across an article I had written and filed away for posterity. I thought I should get it out of the drawer and share some of my thoughts [...]

Your Business Plan – An important lesson

I was talking to a restauranteur friend of mine last week, a very successful one at that, and we were discussing how he set his business up and what were some of the issues/problems that he would approach differently. I was most surprised when I raised the issue of writing a business plan and how [...]

Design trends: the latest lighting

Design trends: the latest lighting The clocks going back marks the start of long winter nights — so brighten the darkness with the tempting array of new designer lights available. After a decade of fashionably “concealed” lighting — with ceilings peppered with tiny downlights, the pendant lamp is making a spectacular comeback in eye-catching sculptural [...]

JCPenney in Bradenton reshapes store

BRADENTON — The JCPenney department store at DeSoto Square mall in Bradenton will unveil a new look Thursday aimed at lifting sales in time for the holiday shopping season. The changes include a new floor layout anchored by clusters the retailer calls “hard shops” that separate the merchandise by individual brands instead of merchandise categories. [...]

UK: Wanzl shop design for Marks & Spencer scoops awards

UK: Wanzl shop design for Marks Spencer scoops awards A shop floor design based on a ‘natural’ theme, which was created for Marks Spencer by supplier of retail solutions Wanzl, has been recognised by two national retail design awards. Marks Spencer’s food halls experience debuted at Westfield, Stratford, last year and claimed top prize in [...]

Who designs the stores where you love to shop? Companies like ‘Design Firm of …

COLUMBUS, Ohio, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ – While most shoppers aren’t conscious of how the store design contributes to the shopping experience, every detail of the best stores is planned—from the moment customers enter the store until they leave with their purchase in hand. Retail executives frequently turn to design consultants like FITCH to help them gain [...]

Du Retail Shop in Fujairah awarded LEED green building certification

LEED certification recognizes only those projects that achieve the highest environmental ratings for sustainability; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; consumption of materials and resources, and indoor environment quality. Based on a point system, the Du Retail Shop exceeded LEED’s standards and was, therefore, awarded Platinum certification. “It is an honour to have had our extensive [...]

SHoP Tweaks Pier 17 Design To Let the Sun (And Rain) In

[Rendering by SHoP.] After receiving Landmarks Preservation Commission approval for its SHoP makeover of the South Street Seaport’s Pier 17, developer Howard Hughes agreed on lease terms with the Economic Development Corporation and prepared to enter the ULURP process. In the meantime, Howard Hughes also went before some Community Board 1 committees to present a [...]

New Enterprise Connect case study videos

       Enterprise Connect has released a series of videos to make you aware of the programs and services they can provide your business. The videos provide case studies on Australian businesses who have improved their business model through an Enterprise Connect advisor. The specific areas of business improvement include: diversifying product range becoming more sustainable [...]