named Retail Design Institute’s
STORE OF THE YEAR
Huen Space’s design for Umpqua Bank in San Francisco took home
top honors from the Retail Design Institute’s Store Design Awards
Gala in New York in January. Over 200 of the retail design industry’s
top design talent, retailers, editors, and suppliers were in attendance.
[ Visit www.retaildesigninstitute.org for the full list of winners. ]
New and Updated Online Directory
A. R. E.’s online search directory, Supplier Connect, underwent a substantial
upgrade that includes more robust functionality for both A. R.E. members and
retailers. A full showcase of A.R.E. members, the online directory launched in
January with streamlined search capabilities. The redesign is easier to navigate
and allows A. R.E. members to more easily present their products and services.
➔ See exactly what suppliers produce via their product and project galleries.
➔ Simplified search generates better results in less time.
➔ Keyword search lets you locate specific products/services suppliers.
➔ Contact suppliers directly from their listings.
➔ Send to phone option allows you to save listings easily on your
smartphone for future reference.
[ For more information,
see the new Supplier Connect at www.retailenvironments.org. ]
The wireless niche will see significant
growth this year by third-party authorized
dealers, which sell devices and services
for the four primary carriers AT&T, Sprint,
T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. Regional
chains like Aio Wireless, Cellular Sales,
iMobile, and Wireless Zone will each focus
on secondary and tertiary markets for
expansion, with a few targeting upward
of 100 new stores. New-store activity
this year by the major carriers will likely
be flagship designs in urban locations
concentrated within the largest markets,
including Chicago, Miami, New York City,
and San Francisco, among others.
All major carriers are spending heavily
on wireless network upgrades to the latest
4G LTE technology. That is great news for
carriers and manufacturers, as the new
technology will surely create increased
consumer demand. Landlords should be
equally pleased as consumers will likely
be even more apt to patronize brick-and-mortar stores, not only for upgrades, but
instructions as well, making a physical
presence near subscribers even more
Growth for Wireless Technology
Source: This article is excerpted
from the January 6, 2014,
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 Research publications,
The North American
by A.R.E., design:retail
magazine, and Dusseldorf
North America, wrapped
up the end of the first day
of EuroShop for North
designers, and exhibitors,
February 17 in Dusseldorf.
Here, A.R.E.’s panel of
retailers and designers
met up to share impressions for their “Big Ideas from EuroShop” session to take place
at GlobalShop. From left: Christine Sturch, Whole Foods Market;
Tony Camilletti, D|Fab; Bevan Bloemendaal, Timberland Marketing;
Ken Nisch, JGA; and Todd Dittman, A.R. E.