Y2K Called… It Wants Its Prototype Back

Over the past five years, the retail industry has been turbulent, to say the least. Many brands, both mature and novice alike, have been rocked by forces all around them – shifts in shopper behaviors, generational preferences, local nuance, economic pressures, commercial real estate values, and the infusion of private equity inducing influx of expensive...

Is There Anything Special About Specialty?

T’was the best of times and t’was the worst of times for retailers this past year. Brands have been responding to the shifting market with creative innovation: Specialty retailers are going off the beaten path with pop-ups and personalize-able merchandise, drugstores are making a play for beauty, and retailers across the gamut–from banks to grocery...

Working Out or Working, It’s All About Gainz

For those who know me and see me at work every day, this blog will come as no surprise. For those who don’t know me, please understand that I correlate my sports/physical activity mindset with my work activity and everyday mindset. CrossFit is a big part of my life for many reasons. Starting this week...

Baskin-Robbins

We are retail experience boys and girls living in a retail experience world. In case you’ve missed it, today’s consumers want a side of experience with their retail entrée. In fact, in some cases the store experience is more important than the product itself. It doesn’t matter if people are shopping for shoes, groceries or...

What If You Didn’t Have a Prototype Store?

If you didn’t have a prototype store, shopping would be better for all of us. Without the need for cookie cutter stores locked into three main store sizes, all stores would be more interesting. Local artisans would rejoice, because there would be more stores that would carry their goods. The startup culture would flourish even...