Commentary

Surprising Discoveries in a City on the Comeback List

As a world traveler I have been lucky enough to experience retail from most of the corners of this planet and recently I have been requested to give my opinion on which place (or city) could be a prime example of a good relationship between community and retailers. I didn’t hesitate to mention Detroit as…

Knowing How to Pivot

At The Grayson Company (TGC) we have the privilege of working with some of the most exciting retailers, brands and investors in the world. Some are well established world class companies whose names you would instantly recognize. Others are digital natives or early stage companies all growing at a blistering pace. The best of these…

Discover Detroit’s Hidden Gems

Alina Waring has been an emergency physician for 26 years and is currently on staff at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, Missouri. She lives in Alpharetta, Georgia. Alina was a guest and participant at the 2018 design:retail Forum in Detroit, a conference bringing together 175+ “thought leaders” from the retail, supplier, and consultant segments. The…

THE NEW VALUE: #WELLBEYONDPRICE

By: Susan Yashinsky, VP Innovation Trends at Sphere Trending, LLC. How we all long for a simpler retail time when value was an easy equation of price and quality, with clear distinctions between good, better and best. In today’s world, the value equation has become more complicated while quality has become much less of a…

COMPETING IN THE NEW GLOBAL MARKETPLACE

By Neil Stern, Senior Partner, McMillan Doolittle, LLP It goes without saying that the retail marketplace has truly become a global one in recent years. The apparel industry has been upended by the rise of global fast fashion retailers like Zara (Spain) and H&M (Sweden), not to mention rising entrants like Primark (Ireland). The largest…

Commercial Design: At the Heart of Detroit’s Revitalization

By Olga Stella, Executive Director, Design Core Detroit Neighborhood commercial design is at the forefront of driving inclusive growth in urban markets, Detroit being a prime example. Thanks to the tremendous entrepreneurial energy over the past ten years, new businesses are successfully opening not only in downtown, but also in nearby neighborhoods (such as Detroit…

The Disruptor: Heartbreaker or Hero

By Andrea Weiss, Founder, The O Alliance  One of my favorite tunes was always Pat Benetar’s “Heartbreaker.” Pat studied voice at my alma mater and practiced her craft in the bars and clubs of my youth in Richmond, Virginia, before becoming a rock legend.  Pat’s powerful voice and edgy look, changed the way we would…

Showrooms as “stores”…and even more?

By Jeremy Bergstein, President, The Science Project The store of the future is now. Brands around the world are investing millions of dollars in rebuilding entire retail platforms, reconsidering the role physical store plays in the wider customer journey. This raises the question, though, what will the role of shops be in the future? Will…

JGA’S TAKEAWAYS FROM CES 2018

By JGA Creative Director Miho Koshido-Downey & Marketing Manager Tara Liong As always, we attended CES this year, to expand our minds and to stay ahead of our industry, as well as surrounding and influencing industries. We were thrilled to be at the debut of the High-Tech Retailing Summit. Here are our key retail takeaways,…

IN MEMORY OF JGA FOUNDER JON GREENBERG, 1925-2017

First and foremost, Jon will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend. Beyond that, he will be remembered as a noble businessman and for his great accomplishments in the business world. Jon founded Jon Greenberg Associates, JGA, in 1971. The company is approaching 50 years in business, a particular accomplishment in the…