(Author : retail design blog)
It was only last summer that luxury behemoth Louis Vuitton entered the highly lucrative fragrance market with Les Parfums Louis Vuitton, a collection of seven perfumes conceived by the brand’s very own master perfumer Jacques Cavallier-Belletrud.

Les parfums Louis Vuitton Pop-up store, Hong Kong

The fragrance line was launched to much fanfare, and saw the launch of five pop-up stores at homebase paris and leading shopping destinations across the planet.

This integral part of the global marketing strategy has been extended, and a dedicated pop-up returns for a second time to Hong Kong, one of the far east’s most sophisitcated retail markets.

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This time, it has opened on the ground floor of the Venue’s atrium sections, featuring a bowl-shaped structure crafted from opaque glass on an elevated platform. For the first time, the perfumer’s trunk from his office is put on display next to Les Parfums Louis Vuitton’s regular furnishings.

Source : retaildesignblog.net

(Author : Harmeet Singh)
The grocer addresses a customer pain point in Quebec with an addition to its loyalty app.

Metro digitizes rewards feature

As part of an ongoing effort to digitize its loyalty experience, Metro is shifting a key part of its loyalty program to its mobile app. Previously, members of the Metro&Moi program in Quebec received paper “cheques” in the mail four times a year that could be redeemed in-store for the value of accumulated loyalty points. That currency has now been integrated into the Metro&Moi app for easier redemption in-store (the cheques can also be used toward online grocery, which Metro launched late last year).

Customer research had suggested that forgetting to bring the physical cheques to the store was a pain point for shoppers, says Gino Plevano, VP of digital strategy and loyalty at Metro.

The Metro&Moi loyalty program launched in 2010, with an app and revamped website debuting in 2013 as part of the retailer’s shift away from paper program management and offer a more personalized experience (in Ontario, the retailer uses the My Metro app and Air Miles for rewards points). Along with being able to deliver more personalized content, the digital shift has allowed Metro to deliver on more touchpoints in a more cost effective way, Plevano says.

Personalization has been a key theme for Metro’s strategy. In 2015, it launched “Just for Me,” a section of its website and mobile app centred on delivering a more customized experience through things like personalized flyers.

Overall, results are positive when it comes to the number of shoppers connecting their loyalty program membership to the Metro&Moi app, Plevano says. The entire loyalty program has 1.2 million members, although Metro does not disclose how many use the app.

Source : strategyonline.ca

(Author : esmmagazine.com)
In a continuation its efforts to fight food waste, British retailer Tesco has announced a new online ‘food waste hotline’.

Tesco UK Introduces Online Food Waste Hotline

The initiative will allow Tesco suppliers and growers to highlight recurring food waste issues in the supply chain, via its online Supplier Network resource. The grocer said that such food waste is a ‘significant proportion’ of total food waste produced in the UK. As Tesco has pledged to halving all of its UK food waste by 2025, it wishes to work closely with suppliers to stop food waste at the source, it said.

One example involved the simultaneous ripening of strawberry crops after an overly-warm summer. To avoid waste, Tesco took the whole crop and offered large boxes of strawberries at a low price, in hope of decreasing food waste.

No Time For Waste
Matt Simister, commercial director of fresh Food and commodities, commented, “At Tesco, we have no time for waste, and we are committed to reducing food waste wherever it occurs, from farm to fork.

“The ‘food waste hotline’ is another little help we are making to achieve this with our suppliers. It helps our suppliers gain direct, easy access to our Product teams, and this will enable us to identify food waste hotspots and systemic issues and work in partnership to tackle them.”

The initiative is part of Tesco’s ‘No time for waste campaign’, which has included a crowd-funding platform for food-waste busting ideas, as well as the Left-Yeovers range created in partnership with organic dairy company Yeo Valley, which uses imperfect or excess fruit in its products.

Source : esmmagazine.com

(Author : Laura McQuarrie)
Self-checkout stations can be found across many grocery stores, and some forward-thinking fashion retailers are also adopting this system, provided that they have come up with a solution to deal with the issue of loss prevention.

Imperial Cars Introduced the First-Ever Automotive Self-Checkout

Considering that consumers leaving a store with large-ticket items is a concern, the idea of a self-service checkout for cars seems unheard of, but Imperial Cars recently implemented one in its showroom.

After shopping around for a new car and filling out any necessary legal paperwork, those who want to use ‘The Fast Lane’ may drive straight up to the kiosk. At this station, they are able to touch the screen of a tablet to enter their personal details and have the system verify that they car they are driving away with is indeed their new purchase.

Source : trendhunter.com

(Author : Marianne Wilson)
A new retailer aimed at Hispanic customers is expanding its footprint in South Florida. 

New grocery retailer expanding

Fresco y Más on March 8 opened five stores in Miami, and Hialeah, Florida, bringing its total store count to 11 locations. The banner is the latest concept from Southeastern Grocers, parent company of Bi-Lo, Harveys and Winn-Dixie.

Fresco y Más made its debut in 2016, opening six stores between June and December 2016. The company has tailored each new location to provide an authentic Hispanic grocery store experience with the products and services that meet the needs of each community.

“Each store’s new Hispanic-focused product assortment and features, including a full-service Latin butcher shop and new Cocina, are our commitment to providing a shopping experience that reflects the cultural connection we strive to make with our Hispanic customers,” said Ian McLeod, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers. “As we continue to listen and learn from our customers at all of our Fresco y Más locations, we are developing new stores that reflect exactly what our shoppers are looking for.”

Fresco y Más’ new “Low Price every day” program, which includes more than 800 products, is designed to help shoppers save more on the quality items they buy every day, the company said. Items are identified with distinctive green and yellow arrow signage throughout the store. Prices will be at the same low price for at least six months.

Fresco y Más stores has updated its format with a custom façade and vibrant yellow colors with bi-lingual signage throughout the interior. Other enhancements include an all-new, full-service Latin butcher shop, a refreshed produce department in a farmer’s market setting with a wider selection of tropical fruits, and a “Cocina” (kitchen) offering daily specials of freshly prepared family favorites made from scratch.

Stores also include a dollar zone featuring more than 600 everyday essentials for just $1, from grocery and cleaning to health and beauty, and an expanded café serving authentic Hispanic breakfast, pastries, drinks and hot and cold sandwiches.

Source : chainstoreage.com

Solera supermarket

(Author : retail design blog)
Masquespacio just finished their last project in Cologne, Germany, for supermarket chain Solera.

Solera supermarket

Sevillian entrepreneur Pepa Bascón decided to move to the German city Cologne twenty years ago in search of new adventures. After several experiences in hospitality, more than 10 years ago she decided to set up a small store of Spanish products in the center of Cologne, bringing the best of her native country to Germany.

Thanks to the good acceptation of her project years further she decided to constitute a more ambitious wholesaler to attend a growing demand of Spanish products by Italian and Spanish restaurants in and around Cologne and Dusseldorf. The augmenting popularity of Spanish gastronomy in Germany, made that Pepa Bascón in 2016 decided to open a new ‘cash & carry’ supermarket with the aim to offer a specific service to non-professional clients in Cologne. For that she contacted Masquespacio to design her new brand and interior space.

Solera supermarket1

The design of the new Solera from around 500 m2 was developed in search of a touch of Mediterranean emotion, mixed with functional features necessary for this type of businesses. The predominating black color offers seriousness, contrasted with several ‘happy’ colors that remind to Spain, without converting themselves in typical Spanish topics. Other elements make us think about Andalucía like the grids with ornaments, as well as the awnings and typical Mediterranean tiles.

Solera supermarket2

The signage also done by Masquespacio follows the patterns of the brand, adding on every moment a touch of emotion to the interior design, transmitting Spanish happiness. Last but not least the kitchen for degustation and seminaries, next to the cold chamber clearly shows the pattern of Solera’s new market, a cash & carry 100% focused on Spanish gastronomy.

Source : retaildesignblog.net

(Author : Ryan Lawler)
Wheelys, a startup that got its start selling an all-in-one cafe on a bike, is pushing forward with another crazy local commerce idea. The company is opening up an unmanned retail store in Shanghai that will allow customers to buy chocolates, cigarettes or potato chips at any time, day or night.

Wheelys is launching an unmanned convenience store in Shanghai

“We’ve been thinking about how to make shopping more innovative, effective and cheaper for people to start a cafe or retail in general,” Wheelys cofounder and CEO Maria De La Croix told me.

With that in mind, the company’s new project builds upon the work Wheelys had done for its coffee bikes in enabling mobile purchases, while also leveraging inventory management software it built for its mobile cafe owners. The company makes money for its Wheelys Cafés not just through the sale of the hardware, but by making sure its coffee bike entrepreneurs are well stocked with goods for sale. Since Wheelys keeps tabs on all items sold through its mobile app, it knows when to resupply owners of its bike cafes. That same technology will be used to track sales of unmanned retail locations.

Dubbed Wheelys 247, the new store is connected to a mobile app that customers will use to scan and purchase items. To deter theft, the store will require the mobile app to enter, and is outfitted with video cameras to watch patrons inside. As a result, the store won’t require anyone to man a register or check customers out, although it will need someone to occasionally restock items.

Of course, Wheelys isn’t the only company looking to reduce the friction of local retail. Most famously, Amazon is testing a cashier-free retail location in Seattle called Amazon Go. But Wheelys is one of the first startups to get in on the action, and the company’s Shanghai location isn’t the first unmanned store it launched. Early last year, it debuted a cashier-free shop in a small town in Sweden.

With offices in Sweden and Shanghai, Wheelys is able to test in different retail environments — whether it’s a rural area where the nearest store is a 20-minute drive away or a location in a densely populated city. Regardless, the company sees a future where unmanned stores aren’t the exception, but the norm. “I believe in five to 10 years, all stores will look like this,” De La Croix said.

In the same way it allowed pretty much anyone to become a cafe owner, Wheelys thinks it can usher in a new era of local retail shops. Rather than allowing the big brick and mortar retailers to get all the benefit from unmanned shops, Wheelys wants to license to other entrepreneurs who will be able take advantage of its technology.

And all that could mean more stores where users can buy grab-and-go food and other goods coming to a town near you.

Source : techcrunch.com

(Author : Jana Pijak)
This myAudi Sphere showroom is not your ordinary car dealership and is a retail space that is not only inspiring, but also multifunctional.

The myAudi Sphere Showroom Celebrates the Brand's Design Process

This bold car showroom spotlights the German auto manufacturers newest models while showcasing the brand’s design process — ranging from the colors and finishes it offers to buyers to the luxe lifestyle it is synonymous with.

Located in the heart of Munich, Germany, the myAudi Sphere showroom integrates sleek car models into a futuristic retail area that is equipped with digital and interactive signage. In addition to getting a chance to check out new car models, visitors can participate in a VR test drive session or can sample a craft cocktail or fine wine at the dealership’s elegant bar area.

Source : trendhunter.com

(Author : retaildesignworld)
Zara’s Milan flagship store has a new entrance installation. Designed by Matteo Thun & Partners, the fixture has been created to provide a flexible and attention-grabbing way to display new collections.

New merchandising installation for Zara flagship

Collections are changed frequently, with each containing a large number of items. The store in Corso Vittorio Emanuele was previously a theatre and then a cinema before being converted into a store.

It has a striking double staircase of marble and brass, featuring historic mosaics and situated beneath a Murano chandelier. The new display takes inspiration from the theatrical history of the site.

New merchandising installation for Zara flagship1


It is built like a stage set that wraps around the staircase, following its lines and displaying outfits to shoppers as they use the stairs.

Source : retaildesignworld.com

(Author : Marianne Wilson)
A store designed by women and for women. That’s Sport Chek Women, which made its debut on Thursday at CF Chinook Centre, in Calgary.

First Look, Sport Chek Women

The 16,000-sq.-ft. store is the first women’s-only concept from Sport Chek, a division of FGL Sports, Canada’s largest sporting goods and sportswear retailer. The new store was designed by an in-house team of women from different disciplines across FGL Sports. The diverse team drove the development of the new store concept from the ground up.

Sport Chek Women is bright and inviting, with a white palette that is accented with the retailer’s signature red hue. It has an open, modern look, with bold signage and lots of digital accents. Merchandise is laid out by sports category. There is also an area dedicated to team sports as well as a community center.

The store offers an array of personalized services, including a private area for bra fitting and a section where customers can have their gait analyzed to help select the correct running shoe.

“The Sport Chek Women store caters to the active lifestyles of Calgary women and brings our very best women’s shopping experiences to the Canadian market,” stated Kara Anastasiadis, associate VP, merchandise strategy, FGL Sports, which is owned by Canadian Tire. “The product and brand selection is second to none and customer service is personalized to meet the needs of women.”

Source : chainstoreage.com