The Future of Malls

A recent trip to the local shopping mall resulted in my friend and me standing in front of a sign that seems to encompass the current state of retail.   Storewide Sale, Everything 30-50% off   A similar statement was … Read More

Airports as Retail Destinations

Riddle: I have two hours to kill and a plethora of name brand stores within walking distance. Where am I? Answer: An airport. Where else, in this day and age, do you have two hours of free time? Sure, you … Read More

The Changing Model of Grocery Stores

Grocery stores have seen a massive shift in their business models in recent years, with brands struggling to find new ways to engage consumers that place more emphasis on the shopping experience as a value rather than just the goods … Read More

Patagonia’s Anti-Ad Campaign

Phew… what a crazy weekend! And not in the “fun crazy” way. In the: “shoppers-walk-over-dying man-to-get-to-sale” kind of crazy. Ie: sickening display of consumer frenzy However, in one of the boldest advertising moves I’ve seen lately, Patagonia approached the sale … Read More

Socially Conscious Millennials

As much as older generations love to indulge in the eye-rolling “kids these days” mentality, Millennials have been identified as being quite socially conscious. So much so, that many brands including JCPenney, Macy’s and General Mills launched back-to-school marketing initiatives … Read More

Mänland: A Creche For Men

My last long term relationship was a bit of a traditional role reversal thing. Yes, I dated a metro-sexual. One of his favorite activities was shopping. He loved any kind of shopping – clothes, furniture, décor, garden stuff. I guess … Read More

A Tale Of Good Retail

As the proud new owner of a Macbook Air 13″ I want to share my retail experience at the Apple Store because it’s a great example of Brand Sanctuary™. Lots of stores have friendly greeters, but not all have iPad … Read More

I Might Not Clip… But I Will Scan!

I have written before how Target is a company that’s not afraid to try new things. So it’s not surprising that they are testing an interesting coupon phone app. This is the kind of thing I would use… as much I appreciate a bargain but am not going to sit ‘n’ clip. … Read More

A Premium Opportunity in Trying Times

Welcome to the Post-Prosperity era of American history! The American consumer is hardly recognizable in its current form; thrift conscious, cash starved, coupon clipping, bargain hunting, and just plain doing without, a new animal has emerged. It’s not all bad news though, consumers, now more than ever, are willing to venture into retail territory… … Read More

Loomstate for Target: Sound Luxury

Private Pampering is sure to take on a new face in this economy. Will people still crave to be spoiled with items of luxury? Of Course! Will they be able to throw caution to the wind and throw money at … Read More