(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.

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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

(Author : retail in asia)
Affordable luxury brand Ted Baker has opened its newly renovated Tokyo flagship store, as well as two new shop-in-shops within prominent department stores.

Ted Baker reopens Tokyo flagship, bows two concessions

Located in the Japanese capital’s hip Omotesando district, the newly developed Ted Baker store has moved into a 4,500 square foot space. Previously the home of Marc Jacobs, the outfit spans three floors and houses the British brand’s latest fashion and accessories offerings, including a men’s bomber jacket and a women’s lace jacquard dress, designed specifically for the Tokyo store. The boutique sits just off its former flagship spot, which it opened in 2012, before closing it for renovations last October.

The redesign, which boasts wall panels inspired by computer circuit boards, technical blueprints, steel and brass, marks a significant retail shuffle in Asia for Ted Baker, in which the fashion chain hopes to present British style that is inline with Japanese taste.

“We have been expanding our business in Asia over recent years, particularly in Japan,” Ray Kelvin, the founder and chief executive officer of Ted Baker, told WWD. “Our team have been proactively promoting the brand and raising awareness through multiple pop-up locations in Tokyo.”

In mid-February, Ted Baker also opened a corner at the Takashimaya department store in Nagoya, and a corner at the Marui City department store in Yokohama just two weeks later. “We will continue develop on the success in Japan, and we’re always on the lookout for new opportunities,” he said. “We’re cautious, thorough, and it has to be right.”

Which is why the fashion chain has no plans to launch a Japan-dedicated platform in the near future, said Kelvin. Currently, Ted Baker is only available online in Japan through the multi-brand site Zozotown.

The UK-based Ted Baker saw holiday sales rise 17.9% over the eight weeks to January 7. Ted Baker cited a surge in e-commerce sales, both domestically and abroad, for the gains, with e-tail sales up 35%.

Source : retailinasia.com

(Author : Caroline Baldwin)
DFS has rolled out digital signage to its portfolio of 110 stores in the UK to improve conversion.

DFS uses digital signage to maximise store space

The combination of digital signage and accompanying tablets for store staff allows the retailer to maximise store space. Customers interested in sofa colour, which may not be on display in store, can be presented with a life-size image to help them make their decision.

Prior to installing the screens, DFS staff would show their extended range on tablet devices, but it was difficult to show the scale of the product. Now DFS employees can find the sofa on their tablet devices and “flick” the image onto the nearest digital screen.

Russ Harte, group technical director at DFS, said: “A customer holding a fabric book with an image of a sofa on the screen bought a sofa without ever sitting on it – this creates legends and myths within our organisation.

The digital signage technology – designed by Videro and integrated by PAI and Salmon – was first trialed at a small-format store in Stratford and then rolled out to the entire store estate. “It was faster than we wanted, but it just had such an impact on sales – on customers who were trying to make a decision between colours – it extended the range and was so easy to use.”

Speaking at the Salmon 2020 conference in London, he explained DFS staff have sometimes struggled with online sales, seeing eCommerce as a competitor, due to their commission-based earnings structure. Now DFS has given its store staff the correct online tools which now improves conversion.

Source : essentialretail.com

(Author : Elias Jahshan)
Aldi has just opened its 700th store in the UK, just weeks after it officially became the UK’s fifth-largest grocer.

Aldi opens 700th store

The German discount supermarket chain also confirmed have 1000 UK stores by 2022. The 700th store opened in Whitstable, Kent, and is one of the 70 stores the supermarket retailer plans to open this year. As part of its expansion, the company said it was investing £450 million towards improvements of and increased store capacities and distribution networks.

Aldi’s ninth UK distribution centre in Cardiff, Wales, takes up 460,000sq ft and will become fully operational by the end of the month.

“During the last five years we have invested £1.7 billion in new stores and distribution centres to bring Aldi to the 14 million customers that now regularly shop with us,” Aldi UK boss Matthew Barnes said.

“But there are many more potential customers who don’t shop at Aldi because there isn’t a store near where they live. We want to change this by having a store in every major town and city across Britian.”

Source  : retailgazette.co.uk

(Author : Ben Ice)
Peer-to-peer car rental platform DriveMyCar has launched a campaign with Subaru which gives drivers the chance to rent one of 101 new Imprezas to promote the latest vehicle’s 101 new features.

Subaru and DriveMyCar rent out 101 cars to promote new Impreza

Available to UberX drivers as well as personal customers, the campaign is managed through DriveMyCar’s sharing economy platform. The cars are available for $199 per week.

The campaign aims to promote the Impreza by allowing prospective buyers to try it out for a week before making a decision. UberX drivers also have the luxury of driving a new car and earning an income without the long-term commitment and costs of owning it.

“Following the success of the deployment of 10 of our Levorg wagons through DriveMyCar, we have kicked it up a gear,” says Colin Christie, managing director, Subaru Australia.

“This supports our ‘101 stories’ initiative, which we used to launch the new Impreza, with huge success,” he says.

Source : marketingmag.com.au

(Author : Sarah Perez)
Walmart is today rolling out an updated app that will allow those visiting the store’s Pharmacy or Money Services desk to skip having to wait in line, the company says.

Walmart’s app will now let Pharmacy and Money Services customers skip the line

After entering their personal information in the app, customers can order prescription refills or fill out other necessary paperwork from their phone. When they arrive at the store, they will then get in a new “Express Lane,” which lets them move to the front of the line, ahead of those already waiting. The update comes at a time when many businesses are learning how to leverage their mobile presence to facilitate faster transactions at their stores.

Already, quick serve restaurants like Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and Chipotle have introduced “order ahead” in their apps, where customers can place orders and pay ahead of their arrival, for example. Meanwhile, CVS this past summer introduced a way to pay for products, pick up prescriptions and earn loyalty rewards from its app as well.

While Walmart’s app is not about ordering food or drink items, or general shopping, the concept is similar: it’s using mobile to make it quicker to perform real-world transactions.

After entering in your prescription information in the revamped app, customers will be able to complete their transactions in just a few steps, the company explains.

For prescriptions, they’ll open the app and tap “prescription ready for pickup,” then enter their PIN or use Touch ID to activate the camera. At the register, they’ll scan the code displayed there, which connects the app to the current transaction. The Walmart associate will hand over the prescription and the transaction is done. Payments are handled by Walmart Pay and the eReceipt is sent to the app.

Previously, customers could refill prescriptions in the app, but couldn’t track order status, view pricing, or manage their pickup details as they can now. Walmart Pay, as a reminder, is Walmart’s own mobile payments service.

The service relies on scannable QR codes, which have made a surprising gain in retail stores as means of connecting phones to registers. Walmart’s mobile payments service was first announced in December 2015, and rolled out nationwide to all U.S. stores in July of last year, following the retailer’s more disastrous attempts to work on a consortium-backed Apple Pay competitor called Current C, which fell apart last year.

Like the Walmart Pharmacy, the Money Services desk will use similar technology for sending funds using the app. Today, millions of customers transfer money from a Walmart store each month, the company says. Now, they’ll be able to fill out their paperwork in the app, then tap “money ready to send” to start the transfer process.

Again, they’ll use a PIN or Touch ID to activate the camera, and scan the code at the register. Customers will then verify their information and pay. The receipt and reference number is sent to the app where it can be texted or emailed to the recipient. Money Services via mobile won’t be available in all Walmart locations, but the company says that nearly 1,200 stores will feature the Express Lanes for the Walmart app users.

The new capabilities, including both the Money Services and Pharmacy “Express Lanes,” will start to roll out this March, with support for nearly all of Walmart’s 4,700 stores expected by this fall. The app, which reaches over 26 million customers monthly, will introduce the new features on both iOS and Android.

Source : techcrunch.com

(Auteur : retail in asia)
Yum China plans to open approximately 600 new stores annually across mainland China, in a mass rollout that will see the fast-food attempt to outpace rival restaurateurs and boost same-store sales

Yum China plans to add 600 stores annually

While exact store details failed to be disclosed by Yum China, the firm’s chief executive officer Micky Pant told media the restaurant group is fervently focused on store openings and strong comparable sales growth. “We believe the majority of our restaurants in China are yet to be built,” Pant said in a statement. “Right now, our top priority is consistently delivering positive same-store sales growth.”

The news comes after rival company McDonald‘s sold a controlling stake in its Hong Kong and Chinese mainland operations last month, adding it plans to open more than 1,500 stores in China over the next five years. Coffee chain Starbuck’s also revealed it wants to add 500 outlets in the market annually.

Yum China, which was spun off from U.S, parent Yum Brands in November, said in early February that total sales grew 5% for fiscal 2016, pushed on by revenue gains at KFC and Pizza Hut. The group also announced the appointments of Joey Wat to president and chief operating officer of Yum China, and Johnson Huang to general manager of the group’s KFC business.

Yum China opened 575 new restaurants last year, surpassing 7,500 and opened 302 new restaurants during the last quarter alone, including its first Taco Bell store at the end of 2016. Yum China operates in 1,100 Chinese cities, under the names KFC, Pizza Hut, the Little Sheep and East Dawning. The first restaurant was opened by Yum China in Beijing in 1987.

Source : retailinasia.com

(Author : retail in asia)
Japanese retail giant Miniso has plans to expand into up to 250 stores across Australia by 2020.

Japan’s Miniso readies Australia expansion

The Tokyo-based retailer plans to open ten more stores in both Melbourne and Sydney by the end of this year, with another 60 stores expected to launch in 2018 across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. In addition, some 150 stores will be rolled out across the nation over the next three years, including in Tasmania and Western Australia, with 40 stores in both Melbourne and Sydney. The store plans will add to Miniso’s current stores in Sydney’s Hurstville, Bondi Junction and Chatswood Westfields.

Complete Retail Services is advising the retailer on its Australia store rollout, reported the Sydney Morning Herald. The group will start out opening more shopping centre stores in Sydney, as well as suburban streets in Melbourne.

“It appears that most ages are embracing the Miniso brand, in fact cosmetics are accounting for some 15 per cent of turnover,” Lawrence Brown, managing director of Complete Retail Services, told Fairfax Media.

There are more stores currently in China, but in a short space of time they open so many worldwide. More than 50 in Hong Kong and they were opening five per week in Singapore and recently the first mega store opened on the outskirts of Bangkok and the turnover is outrageous.”

The lifetyle group, which sells fashion, cosmetics, accessories, homewares and in overseas stores, a selection of food, currently stocks approximately 2200 items, but the volume is set to hit 3000 within the next four months.

Co-founded in 2011 by Japanese designer Junya Miyake and Chinese entrepreneur Ye Guo Fu, Miniso has more than 1400 outlets in mainland China. It also has two stores opening in North America, and offerings in Europe and Dubai.

Source : retailinasia.com