Can a combination of AI and VR save brick and mortar retailers?

Despite what some industry groups might say, it is clear that online shopping has severely impacted the revenues of traditional brick and mortar retail stores. Does that mean that retail is dead, or at least on its way out? No. But, the retailers that survive the next decade will need to innovate and pivot their … Continue reading Can a combination of AI and VR save brick and mortar retailers?

Satellite imagery can predict retail performance, according to startup

Bryan Clark, via The Next Web: After five years of fighting to increase profits, J.C. Penney is shutting down 130 stores nationwide. For one California startup — and anyone who’s been inside J.C. Penney lately — this didn’t come as a surprise. Orbital Insight, a venture-funded startup in Palo Alto, uses satellite imagery to track … Continue reading Satellite imagery can predict retail performance, according to startup

RDCToday.com: Transforming JCPenney’s brand through architecture, innovation

My latest post for Retail Design & Construction Today is now live. The title is, Will redesign of JCPenney brand also influence retail architecture? In the article, I discuss the surprising move by Ron Johnson from head of retail for Apple to CEO of JCPenney. Johnson was responsible in the 90s for changing Target's brand … Continue reading RDCToday.com: Transforming JCPenney’s brand through architecture, innovation

Retail Design and Construction Trends for 2012

My latest post for Retail Design & Construction Today is now live. 2012 is here and overall forecasts indicate a dynamic year for retail design and construction. Here are some of the major trends for the coming year that will shape our industry: 2012 International Green Construction Code LEED 2012 Rating System National Association of … Continue reading Retail Design and Construction Trends for 2012

Two Contrasting Examples of Client Interaction

Over the last several weeks, I've enjoyed having family that now live out-of-state come to visit, and the holidays were enjoyable. Inevitably, the end of the year is a busy time for businesses and truths about how clients are viewed often come to light. Here are two contrasting examples: Old Navy We used to buy … Continue reading Two Contrasting Examples of Client Interaction