DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION

Store design competition extends entry deadline

BY Marianne Wilson

The Retail Design Institute has extend the deadline for submission of entries to the International Store Design Competition to March 1, 2017

Design firms and in-house retail design teams from around the globe are invited to submit projects for the Retail Design Institute’s annual competition. Eligible projects are those completed between January 1 and December 31, 2016.

All submissions accepted online at: Retaildesigninstitute.org/designcompetition

The contest celebrates exceptional retail experiences across more than 20 categories from full-line department and specialty stores to restaurants and pop-ups. This year’s judging panel consists of Institute professional members from its Minneapolis | St. Paul Chapter and other noted retail design experts.

Finalists will be announced in early April. An awards ceremony and fundraiser gala honoring winners will take place May 24, 2017, in New York City. Complete details coming soon. A portion of each entry fee benefits the Institute's Student Design Competition Prize Fund.

The original store design competition, now in its 46th year, attracts the best of the best in Store Design worldwide. The industry's only totally peer-reviewed competition managed in turn, by each chapter. On average, more than 200 international entrants vie for top awards.

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MOBILITY

Report: Walmart tests mobile shopping app

BY CSA STAFF

In its latest move to gain a competitive edge on Amazon, Walmart expanded availability of its Scan and Go app.

Already a staple at Sam’s Clubs nationwide, Walmart launched its free Scan and Go app for Android users, reported Forbes.

The app allows shoppers to scan merchandise bar-codes to add merchan-dise to their shopping carts, and then pay for orders directly from their phone — completely bypassing the checkout lane. Google Play reported that the app can be used in three locations.

The app, which is already available for iPhone users, allows Walmart to target a broader customer base, Forbes said.

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Online giant extending brick-and-mortar footprint

BY Marianne Wilson

Online giant extending brick-and-mortar footprint.

Amazon is taking its bookstore concept to the San Francisco Bay Area, which has a reputation for supporting independent bookstores.

The company will open a bookstore at Broadway Plaza, an open-air center in Walnut Creek, California, reported the San Francisco Gate. Although no opening date was given, but Amazon is in the process of staffing up the store.

The first Amazon Books opened in November 2015, in University Village. It has since opened two additional locations, at Washington Square, Portland, Oregon, and Westfied UTC, San Diego.

More stores are in the works. Coming soon are locations at Garden State Plaza, Paramus, New Jersey, and Shops at Columbus Circle, New York City. In addition, Amazon plans to open stores in Chicago and the greater Boston area (two locations).

Amazon Books resembles a traditional bookstore, but uses online data to determine which titles to stock.

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