Wolverine Company Store, Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, Las Vegas
Footwear giant Wolverine Worldwide's new outlet store format brings together an assortment of Wolverine's diverse brands in an environment that reflects the company's heritage and dedication to craftsmanship. The design, by Wolverine's consumer direct, store development team in partnership with the Carlson Group, marries a factory/warehouse inspired material palette with clean, modern forms and a simple, but highly flexible merchandising system. Brand colors and imagery work well together while allowing each brand to be true to its character, and live collectively in the overall space.
Contrary to traditional outlet-store thinking, brand and product storytelling are a primary focus of the design. The use of capacity fixtures allow full size runs on the floor for self-service shopping, while movable vertical dividers keep stacks of boxes neat and tidy for a pleasant easy to shop experience.
Google makes mobile payments on Android easier
Google is upping the ante in its competition with Apple by working with mobile carriers to install Google Wallet payment technology on every Android smartphone sold by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.
Beginning later this year, Google Wallet — complete with its tap-and-pay functionality — will come pre-installed on Android smartphones sold by Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. Google has also purchased some technology and intellectual property from payments firm Softcard to make Google Wallet better.
AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless will include the Google Wallet app later this year on Android smartphones sold in the United States, Google said in a post on its official blog on Monday.
The Google Wallet app stores a consumer's credit or debit card information and allows shoppers to pay for goods by tapping their phone against a special terminal at a retail store's checkout counter.
Google launched Wallet in 2011, but the service struggled to become a hit with consumers, in part because the wireless carriers developed the competing Softcard service.
The competitive landscape shifted in October, when Apple included the Apple Pay mobile payment service with the new iPhone 6 line of smartphones.
Malls, ICSC respond to terrorism threats
The Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, has warned shoppers at shopping centers to be vigilant after a terror group called for attacks at shopping venues in Canada, the U.K. and the United States, mentioning by name the Mall of America, in Bloomington, Minn.
"I'm not telling people to not go to the mall," Johnson said Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press. "I think that there needs to be an awareness." On Sunday afternoon, Bloomington police released a statement on behalf of the mall and federal, state and local law-enforcement agencies that said: “At this time, there is no credible threat associated with Mall of America” in connection with “the recently released propaganda video.” The mall remains “a very safe place,” and additional security personnel have been enlisted, the statement said.
The FBI and Homeland Security issued a joint written statement saying local law enforcement and first responders have been told the agencies are not "aware of any specific, credible plot against the Mall of America or any other domestic commercial shopping center." Mall of America officials issued a statement saying they take any potential threat seriously. "Mall of America has implemented extra security precautions. Some may be noticeable to guests, and others won't be," the statement said.
The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) sounded a similar note in a statement it released on Monday: “While some security measures deployed at shopping centers such as the use of bollards, uniformed patrols by law enforcement officers, and surveillance camera systems will be evident to consumers, many more protective measures will not. When it comes to protecting and securing a shopping center, many factors are taken into consideration and security plans and procedures are customized to each center’s unique characteristics. In short, there is no-one-size fits all approach taken when it comes to developing and deploying a security program. Individual centers continually update and refine their security plans in concert with their law enforcement partners as part of their ongoing effort to be vigilant. The shopping center industry will continue to work with its law enforcement partners to ensure that shopping centers are safe and comfortable environments in which to shop. Consumers can be assured that their safety and the safety of shopping center employees are the industry’s number one priority.”