October, 2012 Archive

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 [...]

Retail Landlords: Malls Doing Well Despite Online Sales

By Kris Hudson In spite of the rapid rise in online sales that have hurt a number of national retailers, the biggest shopping-mall companies are doing quite well, thank you. That was the counterintuitive message delivered Tuesday by several chief executives of leading retail property owners at International Strategy Investment’s real estate conference. ISI, an [...]

Is the European Retail Rebound for Real?

Weirdly enough, the very latest European retail numbers are substantially better than expected. The French retail PMI rebounded to 47.9 in September from 44.2 in August. On an annualized basis, the retail sales decline was the smallest in seven months. The Spanish YoY retail sales decline in August was just -2.1% – far milder than the expected -6.1%. [...]

A New Experimental Starbucks: Tiny, Portable, And Hyper Local

This week in Colorado, Starbucks opened a store unlike any before it. There are no leather chairs or free power outlets. In fact, there’s no space for the customer at all. Starbucks has reimagined the coffee hut as a “modern modular,” LEED-certified drive-thru and walk-up shop. The building was constructed in a factory and delivered [...]

Planting the Flag

APOLOGIES to Milan and Tokyo. Regrets to Stockholm and Paris. Forgive me, Eindhoven, Berlin, Barcelona and, most particularly, New York. But London is the design capital of the world. Ounce for ounce, bloke for bloke, Britain produces better designers and design impresarios than anywhere else. They build retail emporiums, as Sir Terence Conran did. Or [...]