Sights and Sounds from NRF (Day One)

Sights and Sounds from NRF (Day One)

Every year the National Retail Federation (NRF) hosts their annual convention and expo, nicknamed “Retail’s BIG Show“. Today, Retail’s BIG Show is NRF’s flagship industry event held annually in New York City. The four day event offers unparalleled education, networking, and an enormous EXPO Hall full of technologies and solutions. Over the next four days we will be sharing the sights and sounds from this year’s event! Read more of this post

Exploring Atlanta’s Ponce City Market

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Located in the historic Old Fourth Ward on the east side of Atlanta, Georgia – the Ponce City Market is a mixed-use development years in the making. The 2,100,000 SF building (the building’s lot covers over 16 acres), one of the largest by volume in the Southeast United States, was used by Sears, Roebuck and Co. from 1926-1987. Read more of this post

Shop Terrain

Terrain, FRCH Design Worldwide

My first and only visit to Westport, CT had me shopping (with my sisters…) for 3 hours in the fabulous Terrain store. This remarkable environment is a real celebration of Home and Garden, with beautifully merchandised indoor and outdoor plants; housewares and home textiles; as well as garden furniture, supplies and accessories.  Read more of this post

GlobalShop 2015

FRCH Design, GlobalShop 2015
A group of thirteen FRCH designers were recently given the opportunity to explore the vast floor of GlobalShop 2015, an annual retail design conference held in Las Vegas. Everything from fixture manufacturers and mannequin displays to Cirque-du-Soleil and Latin dancing were explored. This is an overview of highlights from the tradeshow and our favorite Las Vegas sights. Read more of this post

Inspiration from São Paulo Brazil

FRCH-Brazil-Retail-InspirationRetail is alive in Brazil! During a recent trip we had fun exploring Brazil, including all types of retail and how they leverage their brand, architecture, visual merchandising and graphic style to create unique brand experiences. From upscale Brazilian retailers like Richards and OSKLEN to local Drugstores like Drogaria, as well as fun specialty brands like Havaianas, it’s great to take a closer look at the details as inspiration. It was also great to see some of FRCH’s work firsthand in São Paulo, like the Timberland store on Oscar Freire.  While designed several years ago, it still provides a strong brand experience today.

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Confessions of a Millennial Shopper

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Millennials are a strange beast and I’m allowed to say that because – technically – I am one. We’re the ones that ranked both Forever 21 and Target in the same top-20 brands “Love List” as Louis Vuitton and Chanel. Blasphemy! The same generation that voted in American Eagle’s Live Your Life campaign and then complained when the prettiest/skinniest contestants won. The same generation where 60% are willing to switch the brands they buy, if it means getting more benefits.  We want it all – authentic brands, on-trend messaging, social responsibility … all at a good value! Read more of this post

Connecting the Dots … Bringing Online, In-store

Nordstrom & Pinterest

We all know the significant impact that e-commerce has had on today’s retailers … many are redistributing advertising spend to social media outlets, cutting overhead by cutting square footage, and putting more stock in their online storefronts. Sales are being delivered to consumers less by Sunday morning circulars and more by Facebook promotions, Twitter discount codes or Pinterest contests. But just when you thought you had it all figured out, retailers are now turning the tables … merging social media with brick & mortar stores. Read more of this post

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