A.R.E.’s 2012 surveys of retailers and retail environments suppliers
point toward continuing retail expansion internationally
International growth is currently out- pacing domestic growth—and it appears that it is going to continue that way,” says Robert Reeve Frackelton, a member
of A.R.E.’s international task force and vice
president of Reeve Store Equipment, based
in Pico Rivera, Calif.
Based on A.R.E.’s two 2012 surveys
of retailers and A.R.E. member suppliers of retail environments products, the
retail emphasis on expanding into faster-growing areas of the world is not going
away. Retailers still look internationally for
expansion and growth.
Based on retailer respondents to A.R.E.’s
2012 State of the Industry survey:
• 51 percent have stores outside North
• 78 percent of retail respondents say
that they are expanding at least as rapidly internationally as they are in North
America—up from the 65 percent that last
year’s survey respondents reported.
• 22 percent are expanding more rapidly
in North America.
INTERNATIONAL GROW TH
Many A.R.E. member companies now
provide at least some level of international
support for retailers, often through
company-owned or operated facilities,
strategic alliances, or joint ventures. “From
the manufacturer’s perspective, it’s a cost-
effective solution for retailers, without
them having to completely commit to an
international program,” Joel Katterhagen,
executive vice president of Everett, Wash.-
based Synsor, notes. He adds that very
few U.S.-based retailers are approaching
international expansion in a “gung-ho,
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Many A.R.E. member companies now provide at least some level of international support for retailers, often through company-owned
or operated facilities, strategic alliances, or joint ventures.