July 16, 2015

Starbucks Corp. is making good on its pledge to spur job growth among “opportunity youth,” or young people aged 16 to 24 who don’t have jobs and aren’t in school.

July 14, 2015

Starbucks Corp. is expanding its already extensive global footprint.

June 11, 2015

Retail Properties of America, Inc. has closed on the acquisition of Woodinville Plaza located in the Seattle Metropolitan Statistical Area.

June 8, 2015

My latest retail IT-related travels took me to the Retail Experience Center at Microsoft headquarters (in Redmond, Washington), where I toured a simulated shopping mall environment that demonstrated a variety of innovative ways the company is using technology to enhance customer engagement for retailers.   Here are the three most interesting solutions from that visit:

June 4, 2015

Microsoft Corp. recently held a press tour of its Redmond, Washington campus that included briefings on the future of technology.

June 4, 2015

Microsoft Corp. recently held a press tour of its Redmond, Washington campus that included briefings on the future of technology.

May 28, 2015

Two leases have been signed for ground-floor retail space at The Foundry in Ames, Iowa, including Starbucks.

May 14, 2015

Starbucks Corp. is denying reports that hackers illegally gained entry into accounts of some users of its mobile app.

May 12, 2015

One month after Starbucks and Arizona State University announced the expansion of a benefit to pay for employees’ college education, more than 1,800 have signed up, with more than 2,200 total.

May 1, 2015

Curbside pickup is easy, and so is texting. Combine them, and you have the supreme convenience of a new service Nordstrom is piloting in 20 stores, including its flagship in downtown Seattle, according to various media reports.

April 14, 2015

Toms and Whole Foods Market grabbed the top spots in a survey of the most socially responsible companies by marketing consultancy Good Must Grow.

April 7, 2015

Japanese retailer Uniqlo continues its U.S. expansion with plans to open its first-ever stores in the Seattle, Denver and Washington, D.C., metro areas.

March 20, 2015

Starbucks Corp. remains highly bullish on expansion.  In remarks at the company’s annual shareholders meeting, the coffee giant revealed that over the next five years it plans to open 3,500 locations in its Americas region and 8,000 new stores in foreign markets.

March 10, 2015

American innovation has been heading west since the development of the extra-durable Conestoga wagon in the 1700s.

February 20, 2015

Starbucks has launched its Evenings Program in the U.K., offering a range of meals and shareable hot and cold snacks with premium wines and beers.

January 5, 2015

Adam Brothman,  chief digital officer of Starbucks, Melissa Reiff, president and COO of The Container Store, Rick Caruso, founder and CEO of Caruso Affiliated, and Greg Buzek, co-founder of the Retail Orphan Initiative (RetailROI) and president of IHL Goup are among the 25 individuals recognized by the NRF Foundation on its “The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future.”

December 9, 2014

Take a video tour of Starbucks's newest retail format, which will serve as launchpad for a 100-store premium coffee chain.

December 5, 2014

Starbucks Coffee Company has pulled out all the stops as its looks to enter the growing market for high-end specialty coffee.

December 2, 2014

Starbucks wants customers to feel wonderful this holiday season.

November 21, 2014

Retail Properties of America, Inc. announced the purchase of Avondale Plaza, a 39,000-sq.-ft. neighborhood shopping center in Redmond, Washington (Seattle MSA). 

November 21, 2014

Retail Properties of America, Inc. announced the purchase of Avondale Plaza, a 39,000-sq.-ft. neighborhood shopping center in Redmond, Washington (Seattle MSA). 

November 17, 2014

Omnichannel footwear brand Shoes of Prey is launching an exclusive partnership with Nordstrom to house its design your own shoes studio concept in six Nordstrom locations across the country.  

November 14, 2014

There are more than 20,000 Starbucks around the globe, but only one of those stores—specifically the one in the artsy Fremont section of Seattle— has a five-foot tall neon letter “f” inside it.

November 12, 2014

Starbucks’ new outpost in the Fremont section of Seattle fits right in with the artsy neighborhood. The company moved from a smaller store in the area to a spacious two-level corner site, complete with a mezzanine.