Worth Reading; In-store Trends

Informative article, lots of good tips on retail store trends Walgreens’ new flagship store in Chicago includes everything from made-to-order smoothies to sushi and juice bars to a fully stocked humidor.  The health & beauty retailer also makes it clear that it can relate with the local market.  It uses its most visible wall space in the store (below the … Read More

Biltmore Winery

  Last night I spent the evening at the Biltmore estate in Asheville N. Carolina, a house tour,an exhibet of stunning Tiffany lamps and a visit to  thier “Antler Village” a relatively new addition to the estates commercial operations. Every time I visit I am impressed with the quality of execution and the high level merchandising skill. While I was … Read More

Recovery is Up to You

We all know whats going on, but that doesn’t make it any easier to take. These stats are sobering to say the least. the bright side is that my loyal clients are still around. The simple fact that they are my clients is the fact that they rely on my services and believe that it does make a difference to employ … Read More

Branding Overload

I recently read an article in INC. that states that “Branding” is a myth, the author was careful to apologize for his opinion, no need to say sorry to me. Over the last to decades I have watched the power of the term rise, along with a number of retail terms that have been replaced with more “modern” terms. the effects of  … Read More

Google+ Who’s jumping Onboard

We all know there has been a lot of commentary flying around about Google+….While some are talking others are jumping onboard. In less than 24 hours take a look at who has joined up. Google is out to give Facebook a run for thier money as social networking becomes the commercial media of choice. This will change everything again. ASOS … Read More

Inappropriate Signage

Looks like I’ve stumbled on to a theme,I really like bad signage, it’s one of my guilty pleasures. There is an endless supply, hoisted by desperate retailers. Ironically the very thing they intended to create with the sign,causes more of the same to occur. Heres an example, shoplifting now becomes a challenge that I’m sure a few will try, it’s … Read More