(Author :  Retail Design Blog)
With the urban Junction District as its home, the new store environment takes inspiration from its industrial surroundings and city streetscapes. It authentically incorporates elements such as streetscape-inspired architectural details and textures, murals and graffiti, street signs, pavement markings, guardrails, street lights, and building signs.

Organic Garage flagship store

To add to the authenticity, a local graffiti artist painted over brick walls giving a vibrant and urban feel to the space. It features one of the largest organic produce selections available in Toronto, more than 100 bulk options, a new api(+) designed Kitchen Originals private label, a seasonal salad bar and state of the art, environmentally friendly refrigeration and HVAC technologies.

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api(+) provided brand positioning and identity, private label packaging design, interior store design, signage and graphics, and digital collateral design. The address is 43 Junction Road Toronto, Ontario M6N 1B5. They held a ribbon cutting at 8:45 a.m. and opened at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Organic Garage is a grocery retailer of organic and natural products.

Founded in 2005 and headquartered in Toronto, the company operates a centralized warehouse as well as three stores in the greater Toronto area: Oakville, Vaughan and their newest location, in Toronto’s Junction district. Organic Garage has announced plans to open its fourth store in 2018 in the Leaside neighborhood in central Toronto.

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ArchitecturePlus International, api(+) is an international award-winning design firm specializing in food retail, specialty retail, restaurants and retail centers. It offers a full spectrum of services to the retail industry and solutions that maximize return on investment via strategy and design. It is headquartered in Tampa, Florida and has a South Florida office in Miami.

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Source : retaildesignblog.net

(Author : esmmagazine)
French retailer Carrefour has opened its first Superco discount store in Italy, located in Trofarello near Turin, reports La Repubblica.

Carrefour Opens First Supeco Discount Store In Italy

Supeco has taken the place of a Carrefour hypermarket that the retailer closed at the beginning of the year. Following negotiations with trade unions, however, Carrefour decided in April to convert the property to a 1,500 square metre discount store.

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The new store offers fresh produce, a deli, grill, bakery, and butcher counter. Technically, Supeco is described as a ‘soft discount’ store because there is a wider range of products (6,300) on the shelves, including low-priced items and branded products sold in bulk. Carrefour plans to open another Supeco store in Borgomanero near Novara and, again, the new opening will replace a Carrefour hypermarket.

Source : esmmagazine.com

(Author : Mary Van Puymbroeck)
This shopping mall gaming booth at Shanghai’s ‘Global Harbor Mall’ is meant to serve as a rest stop for tired husbands while their wives shop. 

This Gaming Booth is for Husbands to Use While Their Wives Shop

In an effort to increase brick and mortar retail sales, the Global Harbor Mall has installed two video game rest stops. These shopping mall gaming booths are free to use in the first stage of pilot testing (but will likely be accompanied with a fee once fully launched) and have been very successful. In the booths, guests are able to watch television and play their favorite video games.

Some women are concerned they won’t be able to remove their husbands from the game. Fortunately for them, the booths don’t contain any source of air conditioning or ventilation, which may force some men out of the booths eventually.

Source : trendhunter.com

(Author : Marianne Wilson)
Online luxury consignment retailer The RealReal is taking its resale model into the physical space.

Leader in secondhand luxury retail trying out brick-and-mortar

The retailer plans to open its first-ever permanent retail location in November,  in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, reported Women’s Wear daily. The two-level, 8,000-sq.-ft. store will showcase items from all of The RealReal’s categories and also feature contemporary artwork and a wall of Hermès bags, according to the report. It will host classes and discussions.

The RealReal made its first foray into brick-and-mortar retailing last December, opening a holiday pop-up in SoHo.   Founded in 2011, the  San Francisco-based company recently closed on $50 million in growth funding from private equity firm Great Hill Partners, bringing its total funding to $173 million. The site boasts five million users, has sold four million items to date, and is expected to surpass $500 million in revenue this year.

Although it started out selling apparel, it now also sells jewelry and fine watches. The RealReal stands out in the resale market due to a rigorous authentication process that it uses to weed out fake luxury goods and authenticate the price of its goods.

Source : chainstoreage.com

(Auteur : Retail Design World)
Chicken brand KFC is working with RPA: Group Architecture to roll out a new branch format to 890 UK stores.

KFC's new format rolling out to 890 branches

The format, designed by KFC’s in-house design team, seeks to modernise restaurants with an “informal and stylish” feel. New features include butchers block and timber plank kitchen tables, and low-hanging copper lights. Exposed ceilings and textured brick-effect walls continue the theme, with illustrations from commissioned artists adding character.

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“The new design boasts a semi-open plan kitchen which means that KFC fans can see their food being made in front of them,” says RPA: Group executive director of architecture Mark Cherrett. “Previous strong use of the red colour of the KFC branding is now used more as an accent colour, appearing fresh in features such as chair legs and graphics.”

Source : retaildesignworld.com

(Author : Zac Palm)
The retailer launched the new service to provide families with peace of mind for their elderly family members who remain at home.

Best Buy’s ‘Smart Home’ Service Helps Caretakers Monitor Seniors Living Alone

Adults who have elderly parents who require additional help can’t always stand by at the ready. However, Best Buy wants to make it easier with the launch of a new ‘smart home’ service in the Twin Cities, Minnesota called Assured Living.

Before a family commits to Assured Living, a member of Best Buy’s Geek Squad will give the home a free assessment to determine which devices are best to use in the home and where to put them. The smart electronics vary from simple cameras and motion sensors to devices that can learn a person’s routine to inform the family of any notable changes. These devices connect to the family’s smartphones and sends them notifications when something unusual occurs.

Depending on how many devices the family chooses, the total cost can reach anywhere greater than $1,000. The Assured Living service costs $1 per day.*

Source : psfk.com

(Author : Megan Rose Dickey)
Unless you’ve had a chance to try some Apple HomeKit products in someone’s home or apartment, it can be hard to understand how it all works. In order to help with that, Apple has unveiled interactive HomeKit experiences in 46 of its retail stores worldwide.

Apple unveils smart home experiences in its retail stores worldwide

Now, when you go into Apple’s new retail stores, you’ll be able to use the Home app from either an Apple Watch, iPhone or iPad to control devices like the Phillips Hue light bulb, the Hunter ceiling fan and many others. If you tap to the lower the shades in the living room, for example, you’ll see the shades lower in the house shown on the screen.

In the U.S., people can check out the experience at Apple’s Union Square store in San Francisco, its World Trade Center and Williamsburg stores in New York, and 28 other stores throughout the country. Outside of the U.S., Apple offers these experiences in 15 stores, including ones in the UK, UAE, Germany, Mexico, Singapore and Taiwan. A non-interactive HomeKit experience will be offered at all of Apple’s other stores — the ones without “The Avenue” window displays.

For those unfamiliar with Apple’s move into automation, Apple’s Home app lets people control all of their HomeKit-enabled smart devices from one app. You can group together certain HomeKit devices in the app to create or edit a new scene. Doing so enables you to activate multiple devices with one command — either a tap of the screen or via Siri.

I first had the chance to experience HomeKit last November, when Apple invited TechCrunch to a house in Alameda that it decked out with HomeKit-enabled devices. But before I went, I had a very limited understanding of what it would be like to interact with those devices. And up until today, everyday people didn’t have a way to experience what HomeKit is all about unless they bought some devices.

By offering HomeKit experiences inside retail stores, Apple is bringing the experience I had inside that house to its physical retail stores in order to better familiarize everyday people with the capabilities of HomeKit. And with the HomePod smart speaker set to debut in December — going up against Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home devices — Apple is clearly looking to put a greater emphasis on the role it can play in your home.

Apple marketed the HomePod at its Worldwide Developers Conference as a Siri-enabled speaker for your home. It also presented the HomePod as a device that can serve as a hub for your HomeKit-enabled devices, such as lights, a garage door, air conditioner and other gadgets. A hub, which both the Apple TV and iPad can function as, is what makes it possible to set up automation, remote access and grant access to additional people.

It’s not clear what success would look like for Apple’s retail store experiences for HomeKit in terms of numbers of visitors, purchases and whatnot, but the ultimate goal seems to be to get people more comfortable with HomeKit devices and help to democratize home automation. Apple also doesn’t have a clear timeline for how long this will be available inside retail stores, but it seems that it will be relatively constant, at least through December when the HomePod comes out.

Source : techcrunch.com

(Author : Laura McQuarrie)
‘Tao Cafe’ is a newly opened 200-square-meter store from Alibaba that opened in Hangzhou, China that offers shoppers a completely self-service experience, as the offline eShopping destination is completely staff-less.

Alibaba's 'Tao Cafe' Takes the eShopping Experience Offline

To make small purchases such as fast food and snacks, consumers must use Alibaba’s Taobao e-commerce app for transactions. Upon entering the store, patrons are scanned and identified with facial recognition technology. When it comes to placing an order, such as for a cup of coffee, one’s profile picture appears onscreen with an estimated wait time. As they leave, shoppers’ purchases are automatically processed via the app.

The launch of the Tao Cafe from Alibaba was designed to show off a “new retail” concept, showing the potential for convenient online shopping experiences to be translated into brick-and-mortar spaces.

Source : trendhunter.com

(Author : Essential Retail)
Estée Lauder has created a chatbot lipstick advisor which consumers can engage with via Facebook Messenger.

Estée Lauder combines AR with chatbots

The new lipstick chatbot was created in partnership with ModiFace and allows customers to search and virtually try on different shades of lipsticks using augmented reality (AR) technology. The Facebook Messenger chatbot also offers customers a quiz to find their ideal colour and those recommendations can been be “tried on” via their mobile device. Customers can also take a photo of any object and the software will search for lipsticks based on the object’s colour to find the closest shade match.

“One of the key pillars of our partnership with ModiFace is the application of augmented reality and AI across all platforms where customers interact with our brand,” said Stephane de La Faverie, global brand president, Estée Lauder. “Messaging applications such as Facebook Messenger are the perfect platform for consumers to search, explore, try-on, and ideally purchase Estée Lauder products.”

Estée Lauder began its augmented reality journey in May, with the launch of a virtual ‘try on’ functionality on its website.

Parham Aarabi, founder and CEO, ModiFace, added: “We see augmented reality as an essential layer of interaction between beauty customers and brands. Estée Lauder is among the leaders in embracing the notion of AR being used everywhere. We are very excited by the latest step in our partnership, and look forward with great excitement to the many steps that together we have in store for the near future.”

Source  : essentialretail.com

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The Japanese household goods and apparel company has announced its plans to open a hotel and world flagship in Ginza, Tokyo, in the spring of 2019. 

Muji plans world flagship and hotel in Tokyo

Developed by the Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo headquarters and Mitsui Fudosan, a retail property developer of the Mitsui group, the 14,219 square metre, 13-floor building will feature eight floors dedicated to the Muji ‘world flagship’ store. Hotel accommodation will be spread across the top five floors of the building, and will be decorated with Muji furniture and products.

The provisionally named ‘Muji Hotel’ will be developed as part of the “Marronnier x Namiki Yomiuri Ginza Project,” a retail complex in the upmarket area of Ginza, Tokyo, that Mitsui hopes will further revitalise footfall in the area. The building will be located close to the Marronier Gate Ginza, a commercial facility. The hotel is to be designed and operated by the UDS company of the Odakyu Group. Construction began in June 2017.

Source : us.fashionnetwork.com