Store Design

3 Retail Store Design Changes Post-Pandemic
April 21, 2021 at 7:14 pm

There’s no question that physical retail has changed forever, thanks to the pandemic. Stepping into a store looks dramatically different than it did a year ago, and retailers will be adjusting their store experience long after COVID-19 has been contained. The need to do so is confirmed by a recent study by First Insight, which…

Walmart to Remodel Up to 1,000 Stores With Digital Shoppers in Mind
October 1, 2020 at 4:29 pm

Walmart will remodel 200 of its Supercenters by the end of 2020 to encourage a more "digitally enabled shopping experience" featuring bolder signage, contactless checkout, and airport-inspired crowd management techniques, according to the company's Chief Customer Officer Janey Whiteside. The retail giant's remodeling project will expand to 1,000 stores by the end of 2021. The…

Indiesigns Helps Businesses Re-Open Safely With Custom Signage
May 31, 2020 at 9:58 am

In episode 249 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Ari Grazi, co-founder and president of Indiewalls, a full-service art consultancy connecting designers, brands, and consumers to a global community of independent artists. Listen in as Grazi discusses his professional background, why he founded Indiewalls, and the company's new Indiesigns extension, which sells decals and signs that…

Brick-and-Mortar Rethink: 5 Areas to Reconsider
May 11, 2020 at 7:21 pm

As we navigate the unknown, and slowly prepare for phased regional openings across retail doors, brands and retailers alike can lean in on learnings from the fast and dynamic changes grocers have made to impact efficiencies and create environments that increase safety for the customers they serve. It’s also a time to think “outside the…

3 Clever Ways Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Can Leverage Their Space
March 19, 2020 at 9:25 am

For years, brick-and-mortar retailers have been struggling with the question of how to remain relevant in an increasingly digital world. From the prevalence of buy online, pick up in-store (BOPIS) to big-box stores putting food in shoppers’ refrigerators, consumers place a high premium on speed and convenience. And while smart brands will use an omnichannel approach to…

CVS Plans to Open 600 HealthHUB Stores in 2020
January 15, 2020 at 12:47 pm

CVS Health is on track to meet its goal of rehabbing more than 1,000 of its stores, CNBC reported. At the end of 2018, CVS launched three of its HealthHUB concept stores in the Houston region, before expanding the program to 50 locations in four markets by the end of 2019. Hundreds more are scheduled to be…

Minimizing Your Retail Space? Here's How to Maximize Your Success
July 8, 2019 at 9:26 am

It wasn't long ago that every suburb was chasing the same elite retailers. They would create special zones to give residents all the must-have shopping amenities: big-box outlets, DIY shops, grocery stores, and fashion boutiques to browse at their leisure. Then came the e-commerce explosion. Shoppers’ trips became more calculated, with less time spent browsing…

Elevating the Art of Experience, Through Science, to Design the Future of Retail
May 20, 2019 at 9:51 am

Based on the buzz around the new Forty Five Ten at Hudson Yards in New York City, and the Virgil Abloh installation at Louis Vuitton on Fifth Avenue, there's a clear trend at the moment for dramatic art installations in retail. Personally, I love seeing these come to life, shopping them, and designing them. However,…

3 Ways to Use Store Design to Provide an Effective Customer Experience
May 2, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Despite growth in the direct-to-consumer and e-commerce models, when it comes to longevity and success for retail, the physical store remains in the pole position. In fact, only 11 percent of sales are expected to come from e-commerce in 2019. However, stores can't just rest on their laurels and wait for sales to roll in; they have to engage customers and…

Amazon to Shutter All 87 U.S. Pop-Up Stores
March 7, 2019 at 2:55 pm

Amazon.com is shutting down all 87 of its U.S. pop-up stores in April, ending the retailer’s years-long experiment with these small shops as it tinkers with an evolving brick-and-mortar strategy, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. Amazon has pop-ups inside Whole Foods locations, Kohl's stores and malls around the U.S. The shops let customers try…