Commentary

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…

RETAIL MARKETING IS DISRUPTED: HOW TO FIX IT

By Pamela Danziger, Unity Marketing and author Shops that POP! 7 Steps to Extraordinary Retail Success In a recent Adobe Think Tank: The Future of Experience Business, one of the speakers provocatively proclaimed, “Marketing is an outdated practice, period.” The statement arose around a question about marketing’s role in the experiential retail economy now that…

GOT A MINUTE? BECOME A MENTOR

By: Judy Bell, Founder and CEO (Chief Energetic Officer) of Energetic Retail Why think about becoming a mentor? Because it may be just the ticket to refresh and inspire your own creative process. A new book titled One Minute Mentoring was released in 2017 by Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz. The authors introduce their text…