Retail, perhaps more than any other industry, reflects our society at large. It is a giant mirror showing
our attempts to keep up with
changes, which at times have
been sweeping and rapid, while
still nurturing traditional norms.
It can be a delicate balancing act,
coupling technological advances
with tried-and-true dictates of
Whether Main Street or mega
mall, retail continues to transform.
Influencing today’s changes are
increasing demands in sustainability, social media, visual merchandising, and manufacturing,
while local needs get blended
As the Association of Retail
Environments celebrates its
60th anniversary and its merger
with 79-year-old POPAI, industry
insiders reflect on changes
over the past six decades or
so and where those changes
are leading retail.