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JGA & FRDC Join VM-RD Winner’s Circle

The annual VM-RD Design Awards were recently held in India, recognizing the most memorable retail projects of 2016.  JGA and its Indian partner, FRDC were recognized with awards in multiple categories, both collaboratively and individually.  The competition recognized projects in 23 categories, and awarded 11 awards to JGA and FRDC and their clients, where innovation in design propelled them to the top. JGA Chairman, Ken Nisch,…

Why the Future of Retail Needs to Move Beyond Advertising

Why the Future of Retail Needs to Move Beyond Advertising     By Yoram (Jerry) Wind and Catharine Hays, with Alexa de los Reyes “By 2020, advertising will shift from being an additive element to being an invisible, inspirational, and indispensable part of product and service experiences.”               –Karl Isaac, Head of Brand Strategy and Innovation, Adobe…

CityStyle: Detroit Named City of Design

Detroit Named City of Design: First American City Designated by UNESCO… Detroit was recently named the first and only American city to receive the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) City of Design designation.  Joining a global network of cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for development and cultural vibrancy,…

A.R.E. is Now Shop! Enhancing Retail Environments and Experiences

Congratulations to Shop! – the global non-profit trade association dedicated to enhancing retail environments and experiences. JGA is proud to be a member of the Shop! organization that represents more than 2,000 member companies worldwide and provides value to the global retail marketplace through leadership in: Research (consumer behavior, trends, futures), Design (customer experience design, store design, display design,…

And the Winners Are…

Congratulations and thanks to our JGA clients for their support and inspiration, as six of our branded environments have been recognized among the best of the year in multiple design competitions. Greenbelt Magazine Marketplace-Boise Greenbelt Magazine Marketplace has been named First Place Winner as the “Best New Local Concept” in the 2016 Airports Council International “Excellence in Airport…

Small is the Next BIG Story by Pam Danziger, Unity Marketing

Shopping malls are becoming the 21st century version of ghost towns.  While mall owners blame the trend on the closing of anchor stores, like Macy’s, JC Penney and Sears, the real reason behind the demise of malls is that shoppers have lost interest.  Since 2010, more than two dozen enclosed shopping malls have closed, and an additional…

Retail Environments: Blue Sky Thinking in New Store Concepts

Editorial from Ken Nisch, Chairman – JGA, Retail Environments Magazine (January – February 2016) Permanent Temp Spaces: Beyond Pop Ups and Traditional Brick and Mortar Landlords could create the infrastructure for a series of spaces that go beyond popups and traditional brick-and-mortar.  Enthusiastic associates with a chronic case of Millennial boredom are ripe for the next retail…

Destination: Attraction Retail – More than Just the “End of the Ride”

From VMRD Magazine (India) – By Ken Nisch, Chairman – JGA When asked by my traveling friends where to go, India is the answer. The diversity of places and experiences, the uniqueness of those experiences and the ability to enjoy handicrafts, apparel, and other unique items from the antique to the contemporary, is without parallel…

Retail Design in India: Confluence of Two Cultures – by Sanjay Agarwal

India has been traditionally a culture driven by “collective” and “consensus.” This meant that people sought and respected opinions and thoughts of elders, family members, friends, teachers, and so on. Whether for an arranged marriage, buying a car, or even getting a new hair style, people seek endorsements to get assurances. While in last few…

Visit Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin at MAD, NYC

The New York Times reported that the new Museum of Arts and Design exhibit: “Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin” explores the work of New York-based designer Ralph Pucci, widely regarded for his innovative approach to the familiar form of the mannequin.  Pucci’s mannequins not only expand the parameters of this ubiquitous sculptural form, but reflect…