Call for Entries for 2012 Design Awards
Entries are now being accepted for A.R.E.’s 41st annual Design Awards. Entering your
store and store elements into retail design’s premier awards program is easier than
ever. With one online account, an applicant can enter multiple projects, save partially completed entries, and return to them later.
Entries can easily be considered for the A.R.E. Sustainability Awards or additional
store fixtures, visual merchandising, lighting, in-store communications, flooring, and
wall treatments by completing a few extra fields. Retailers, designers, and project
suppliers can enter their projects in 16 store and shop categories, plus the seven
add-ons, for a total of 23 areas of consideration and chances to win.
To complement this year’s awards theme, entrants that provide us with the
most creative responses to the question “Why do you want to win?” (through the
entry form) will get their quotes recognized on the web site and during the awards
A.R.e. members in good standing qualify for discounts on entries. enter by the early-bird
deadline, Dec. 1, 2011, and save even more. The final deadline is Dec. 15, 2011.
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PAVE 3D Awards
designs to life
PAVE the Way, a 3D design
challenge sponsored by
B+N Industries, called
upon college students
internationally to design
a branded makeover station for an existing cosmetics brand. Students were
challenged to design, develop, and construct a
branded store fixture that morphs from a compact,
protected unit when stored into a fully functional
makeover station. The fixtures could measure no
larger than 36 inches square and 84 inches high in
use, and were to communicate an existing brand
Finalists in the competition were chosen during
the judging held Oct. 28 at B+N Industry’s offices
in Burlingame, Calif. The student finalists will work
with B+N to produce a prototype of each finalist
design for display at GlobalShop 2012, to be held
Feb. 29-March 2 at the Sands Expo & Convention
Center in Las Vegas. Student winners will be recognized, and awards presented, during A.R.e.’s Design
Awards presentation Feb. 29 at GlobalShop.
online Retail &
A.R.E.’s new Retail &
Design Center is an
image- and informa-tion-rich online area
for ideas, insight, and
inspiration. New content
is added frequently. Visit
this section frequently to:
• Get inspired by member projects. From
to interesting fixture installations, featured projects
showcase A.R.E. member capabilities
• Let product highlights stimulate new solutions.
Trade show sneak peeks help you plan your time,
product introduction news keeps you informed, and
category groupings provide a taste
of what’s available.
• Keep up with trends influencing branding and design.
Track consumer, retail, material, and design trends and
find design ideas from our members.
• Meet the people shaping retail today. Our Retail
Council and DREAM Team designer groups include
top influencers of retail design.
Visit www.retailenvironments.org and click the Retail/
Crittenden Says: Expect More Pop-ups
The many vacancies where once such powerhouses as Borders, Circuit City, Movie
Gallery, and more peddled their goods leave a perfect opportunity for the pop-up
and temporary store phenomenon to continue to thrive. On the other hand, many of
the retailers who survived the recession are now, arguably, in a better position for
growth than before, as long as consumer confidence returns for the long haul.
Toys “R” Us is a memorable example as the retailer was one of the leaders last
holiday season with 600 temporary “Express” stores popping up nationwide. The
company has hinted it may scale back that number this year. However, it seems
likely several hundred of these stores will still open.
Another stalwart in the pop-up store business is Halloween specialist Spirit
Halloween, which opened 850 temporary stores last year and plans close to 1,000
openings in time for this holiday season.
Look for Walmart to also enter the fray with temporary toy stores to compete
with both Toys “R” Us and Spirit Halloween’s Toyzam. So far there is little detail on
Walmart’s new venture beyond the rumor stage but it’s safe to say that anything
that bears success for a competitor is likely to whet Walmart’s appetite for market
In that vein, it wouldn’t be a surprise to find Target thinking along the same
lines, especially considering Target is no stranger to the concept of pop-up stores,
having opened several itself in the mid-2000s.
Pop-up stores also don’t cater strictly to a holiday crowd, but can also be a way
to enter a new market or debut a concept without long-term risks that come with
long-term leases. Although landlords probably look askance at pop-up stores,
which, after all, only leave a temporary Band-Aid on the problem of vacancy, retail
real estate still appears to be a renter’s market. And there is always the possibility
of long-term lease payments as most retailers would be loath to leave a market
where they find success.
(SouRce: This article appears, in a slightly longer version, in the oct. 3, 2011, crittenden Retail
Space newsletter. The newsletter is provided to A.R.e. member companies as part of their membership, and is available to others on a subscription basis. For more information on this and other
crittenden publications, visit www.crittendenonline.com.)