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Cashing in on customer laziness

The single most motivating notion in retail today can be boiled down to a single word – ‘convenience’. I was reminded of this fact early one day this week, when, dashing out the door with a slice of toast gripped between my teeth, I briefly caught a fascinating discussion on America’s NPR Morning Show. “Never push against how lazy we can be,” said Harry Balzer, from consumer research company NPD. Balzer went on to remind the interviewer that the average American has just 12 mi…

British craftsmanship showcased in China

Britain’s national tourism agency Visit Britain, London Luxury Quarter and British Airways are bringing ‘London Luxury. By Appointment’ to China. The program, to take place from September 17 to 19 at The Langham Xintiandi, Shanghai and from September 24 to 26 at The St. Regis, Chengdu, will offer visitors a chance to interact with London’s finest luxury and bespoke brands in China. Participating brands include Fortnum & Mason, Browns Fashion, Gieves & Hawkes, Floris London, Se…

Here come the robots in retail

Delivery drones are so 2013. The big news in technology in retail in 2014 and beyond is robots replacing humans. Starting just this week, right across the road from Apple in Cupertino, the Aloft hotel is testing robotic bellhops. As reported in the New York Times, the cute-as-a-button ‘Botlr’ will deliver basic items from the front desk to your room. Best of all, no tips necessary, but positive tweets appreciated (#MeetBotlr).   In a world where humans are relatively …

Deep insight into Asia’s booming retail market

Retail professionals from Australia and beyond will have the chance to see the very best of Asian retailing in a four city tour organised by Westfield Retailer Relations. The 10 day long Westfield Asia Express Retail Study Tour takes in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore. Tour leader Jack Hanrahan, says participants will be immersed in “a total sensory experience with visits to the best retail in Asia right now”. Among the highlights: A look at some of the stunning brand f…

Shopping in Portlandia

Hip. Seriously hip. Hilariously hip. Hipper than the hippest hipsters in Brooklyn, and that’s hyper hip. I’m talking about Portland, Oregon; a compact, very livable, and very cool city in the Pacific Northwest of the US. I visited Portland as part of the WPP Intel Futurecasting Summit and naturally snuck in time to do the downtown area in a city famed for its creative class. It’s Boston-ish or Melbourne-ish, but smaller, grungier, and easier to traverse on foot. The streets are fu…

The future shopper: They live among us

There is an alien creature that has arrived in our midst, with habits that would be completely unrecognisable to previous generations, and yet they are beginning to reshape the landscape – tearing down old institutions and building up entirely new ones. I’m referring to the future shopper. And they live among us (in fact, you may even be one.) As I wrote in last week’s column, we are living in an early beta version of what’s to come.Naturally shoppers reflect that reality. Not s…

Retail Congress attracts delegates from 50 countries

The World Retail Congress is set to gather retail industry executives from more than 50 countries. Taking place from September 29 to October 1 in Paris, this year’s World Retail Congress will see more than 1500 retail CEOs, chairmen, presidents and MDs meet to discuss strategic retail opportunities. “The World Retail Congress is the biggest convention of our industry’s leading stalwarts and it provides exciting opportunities to network. With the opening up of the global marketplace and…

The future of retail in beta

Put your ear to the ground and you can hear the future. That’s because the advance party has already arrived – we are living in an early beta version of what’s to come. But the rumblings that you sense now are nothing compared to the earthquake on its way. Steve Brown, chief evangelist and futurist at Intel, believes “there will be as much disruption in every sector in the next decade as has been experienced in the last 30 years in media and publishing”. Print in particular wa…

Mall industry players to meet in Beijing

Mall China 2014 – the annual conference for China’s retail real estate industry – will be held in Beijing this September. Mall China has 800 corporate members and 3000 individual members comprising commercial real estate developers, shopping center operators, retail fund investors, retail chain brands, consultancy and research services and facilities suppliers. Over 400 attend the conference every year. Confirmed speakers for this year’s event include: Jack Hanrahan, Head of Retail…

The wheels of change

A possible vision of the future of urban transportation pulled up outside a bar in the Mission District of San Francisco one evening last week. I summonsed it in less than a minute, using an app on my smartphone. By the time I had got up from my stool and walked outside, my ride was there. The vehicle in question was an Uber X, Uber’s lowest cost option, which controversially makes use of private drivers for public transportation. This particular car was a Toyota Prius, and it whisked…

Westfield to host Asian Express study tour

Westfield is opening doors into Asia with a 10 day study tour focusing on the burgeoning retail market on Australia’s doorstep. The Asian Express Retail Study Tour from October 30 is best described as an an intensive exposure to best practice retailing in Asia. Retailers from Australia and New Zealand will be taken on a four city tour, with presentations from retailers and retail industry professionals, visiting Shanghai, Hong Kong, Macau, and Singapore. Tour leader, Jack Hanrahan, he…

Giant balloon dogs & retail tensity

Many a giant creature has loomed over the streets of Manhattan, at least in celluloid form – most famously King Kong and Godzilla. And now a more benign (but equally huge) being has followed in their footsteps – a six-story metallic yellow balloon dog, which has suddenly appeared on a building on Fifth Avenue. The dog is a piece of artwork by American artist Jeff Koons, and the building is the massive new H&M New York City flagship. Koons is “taking over” H&M for the store’s…