• Cafes inside stores. This tradition goes back many years for some
department stores and grocers have been adding eat-in areas for
over a decade, but today, retailers of all types and sizes are getting
in on the action.
• Warm grays. Neutral palettes are getting hot—literally, with cool
grays being replaced by warm grays in neutral backdrops that
allow for changing feature pops of color, notes Kathy Andersson,
CMG, manager of color marketing and product finishes for
Cleveland-based The Sherwin-Williams Co.
• The elimination of aisles? Maybe to some extent. Kevin Kelley,
principal of Charlotte/Los Angeles design firm Shook Kelley,
believes consumers hate them and they should be eliminated
• Vertical buildouts. Population shifts toward cities are driving
high-rise development, with mixed use as the new norm, says
Beth Campbell, AIA, LEED AP, managing director and principal
in Gensler’s Las Vegas office.
• Fewer brands, but more variety. Christian Davies, executive creative director of the Americas based in FITCH’s Columbus office,
sees undifferentiated brands dying off. Market leaders will vary
both their formats (footprints, offerings, etc.) and their brand
expression through “engineered diversity.”
• Global brands in North America. A.R.E.’s panel points to Lolita,
an apparel brand from Uruguay; CariParma, a cashless bank from
Italy (a subsidiary of a French company); Primark, an Irish apparel
retailer; Oasis, a contemporary British fashion brand; Kit + Ace,
a luxury apparel brand from Lululemon founder’s wife and son; City
Chic, an Australian plus-size apparel retailer; and Hand Eye Supply,
a Core77-affiliated Portland retailer catering to creatives.
Coming down the pike
Based on buzz at the show, here's what you can expect to see now and in the near future
A.R.E. session topics clearly hit the mark—most of our speakers presented
to a packed house, with late entrants forgoing a seat just to get a chance to
attend. Show sessions in general were well-attended and generated buzz
on the show floor later.
A.R.E.’s LinkUp was once again
a popular networking event.
Participants enjoyed getting to know
the people they converse and connect
with on our Retail Environments
Network on social media platform
LinkedIn. Full disclosure, though:
Not all 45,000-plus members of the
Network attended. (Good thing!
We would have run out of goodies.)