Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Halloween Pop-ups Rule the Retail!

Why Halloween pop-ups suddenly possess so many dead retail spaces

This Washington Post article by Taylor Telford reports on how  Americans will drop about $9 billion in celebration of Halloween this year. Halloween's craziness and camp are fun precisely because they are temporary — and so are the stores that sell it to us.

Halloween pop-up stores benefit from people’s last-minute shopping tendencies and the flaws of online shopping, such as poor-fitting costumes and unreliable delivery, while landlords with dead retail space benefit from pop-ups' need for instant store fronts. It’s a win for landlords, who get a tenant that will pay higher rent for just two or three months of occupancy.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Quick-Serve Brands Performing in the Drive Thru

The 2018 QSR Drive-Thru Study

This recent article from QSR Magazine discusses how pressures on drive-thru performance, particularly speed of service and accuracy, have become ever more intense. The continuing importance of the outdoor lane is clashing with the fact that as traffic increases in the drive thru, service times are slowing down. 

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

STORES Magazine - 2018 Top 100 Retailers & Trend Breakdown

STORES' 2018 annual snapshot of the top 100 Retailers shows great stability, given the list has remained remarkably similar over the past couple of years.  This yearly list and trend analysis discusses some of the reasons why top-ranked, long-term retailers have remained in that position, including modernization and reinvigoration of their retailing strategies, and shows that despite all reports about changes in retail, movement is gradual. There are some good analyses here worth reading, regarding omnichannel marketing, bricks-and-mortar strategies and growth enhancement moves by the big companies. 

Read more here…