May 20, 2015

Supermarket companies Hannaford and Publix took the top spots in the 2015 Temkin Effort Ratings, which rates how easy or difficult companies are to work with.

May 19, 2015

With the rise of big data, social media, and mobile communications, retailers should now be enjoying unprecedented opportunities to understand and reach their consumers like never before.

May 19, 2015

A new GS1 US standard offers a common approach for listing and classifying products across all e-commerce platforms.

May 18, 2015

The U.S. dollar has risen by more than 20% against the other major currencies over the last year, buoyed by a respectable if not torrid economic recovery and sinking oil prices, among other factors. That could be a breath of fresh air for U.S. shoppers with a taste for imported goods. For global mega-brands like PVH, Microsoft and Coach, however, the implications are closer to a gathering storm.

May 12, 2015

Cost versus customer experience: As retailers compete on customer experience throughout the omni-channel supply chain process, the type of real estate and where it is located is playing a major role. In fact, according to JLL research, seven out of 10 retailers are still shaping their omnichannel product offering and customer service commitments.

May 12, 2015

It’s fascinating to me that, as of April 1, Sears went from being run like a REIT to being run as a REIT — at least partly.

May 8, 2015

British shoe retailer Soletrader sees delivery of an excellent customer experience across all retail channels as crucial to company growth while also providing competitive edge.

May 5, 2015

Nordstrom may well be the first public company to have three presidents as co-presidents. The department store retailer on Tuesday announced that Blake Nordstrom, Pete Nordstrom and Erik Nordstrom have been named co-presidents of Nordstrom.

May 4, 2015

1. Keep Your Options — And Doors — Open: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is designed to prohibit discrimination and ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. In effect since 1991, it has undergone updates, affecting most commercial real estate in some fashion. In fact, all commercial spaces used by the public – as well as many employee-use areas – are required by law to comply with ADA regulations.

May 1, 2015

Amazon.com may be hoping to fly high with drone-based deliveries, but a rival e-commerce platform is also planning to take off soon.

April 30, 2015

Gaining market share and geographic coverage are top priorities driving dealsRetail continues to rally for deals in 2015, and the sector could be on the cusp of another major year for mergers and acquisitions. Already this year, we’ve seen speculation about a number of potentially massive deals — from a possible buyout of Rite Aid by Walgreens Boots Alliance to the proposed merger between Staples and Office Depot. Looking across the industry, as part of BDO’s annual Retail Compass Survey of CFOs, we asked chief financial officers at leading U.S.

April 30, 2015

The participating companies provide industry-leading solutions and services that aid retailers with the challenging task of navigating real estate. Specific areas where and these providers offer help include lease management, store growth and consolidation, portfolio management, strategic analytics.

A&G Realty Partners LLC    

Melville, N.Y.    

April 30, 2015

Downtown LA’s South Park will emerge as a new retail districtIt’s rare enough for any developer — or group of developers and brokers — to plan an entirely new retail district almost literally from the ground up. It’s utterly unique to do so in one of the largest cities in the world.Yet, that’s exactly what’s happening in Downtown Los Angeles’ South Park neighborhood.

April 30, 2015

Our cover story this month is about one of my favorite topics: hot retail concepts. It’s a subject that, to my mind, never goes out of style because it speaks as much to the essence of retail in today’s omnichannel age as it did in the purely physical one.

April 28, 2015

Net loss at 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. grew to $10.81 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2015 from $1.74 million in the same quarter the prior year. Higher operating expenses in areas including marketing and sales and technology and development helped boost net loss.

April 28, 2015

In Bismarck, North Dakota, where a regional boom associated with the nearby Bakken Formation has made the state second only to Texas in terms of U.S. oil production, commercial development is on the rise. The missing piece of the puzzle for the city, however, has been the conspicuous absence of a defining downtown mixed-use destination: the kind of a social, civic, financial, and experiential cornerstone that gives residents and visitors somewhere to live, work, play and stay.

April 22, 2015

Wal-Mart's Sam's Club division is launching new, high-value services for small-business owners as it looks to differentiate itself from Costco while fending off competition from well-capitalized online startup Jet.com.

April 21, 2015

I think there’s a tendency to lump all store closings together, when the reality is much more nuanced and complex. Not all store closings are created equal, so I wanted to break the recent announcements down into several different categories.

April 20, 2015

Break out the hairspray and acid-washed jeans, Overstock.com is launching a new omnichannel promotion with none other than Bret Michaels, frontman of legendary hair-metal headbangers Poison.

April 17, 2015

Inland American Real Estate Trust Inc. has changed its name to InvenTrust Properties Corp., effective immediately.

April 15, 2015

Merchants are not keeping pace with the growth of mobile when it comes to fraud and mobile payment adoption, according to a study by Kount, CardNotPresent.com and The Fraud Practice.

April 14, 2015

As part of a wide-ranging fiscal update, Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. is updating its fiscal 2017 sales target to $8.7 billion to $9 billion.

April 7, 2015

In a column I wrote between Black Friday and Christmas last year, I talked about how “apparel sales have been languishing”, and I mentioned that the “industry buzz is all about the struggles in apparel, where retailers just can’t seem to discount clothing enough to get things to pick up.”

April 6, 2015

The evolution of shopping based on the consumer mindset that is reflective of the past and targeted for the future can be described as a “Digital Ecosystem.” Much like the proverbial iceberg, this ecosystem has most of the system existing before the consumer “waterline.” Above this waterline exist the elements for which we are most accepting; such as mobile and tablet interface, kiosks across applications ranging from the ATM, to the calling of an Uber cab street side.