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U.K. consumers putting pets first

Brits have long been famed for their love of animals. Now, new research from Mintel confirms the nation’s passion for pets shows no sign of abating, as 51%...

U.S. sales of political books jump 57%

Sales of books about politics at Barnes & Noble stores across the U.S. jumped 57% compared to the previous year, the retailer announced this mont...

Recharging batteries … and other general merchandise

Discover how staying on trend is key to growth in the kitchen, household, home, pet, and baby categories.

Sears bankruptcy’s impact on retail real estate

Real estate services and investment firm CBRE has released a report on the potential impact of Sears Holdings Corp.’s bankruptcy filing and announced store...

Two-thirds of consumers worldwide buy on beliefs

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of consumers around the world will buy or boycott a brand solely because of its position on a social or political issue, according...

EFI establishes Guy Gecht scholarship with PGSF

Print’s next generation of talent will have added support in reaching their goals, thanks to a new Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) award...

10 shopping styles of the modern consumer

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) have released a new report. Shopping Styles in the...

IDL hires executive creative director

IDL, a global expert in consumer experience design and production, has announced the hiring of Aaron Carlsson as executive creative director overseeing...

Study: Consumers shop discount stores regardless of age

Almost all U.S. consumers are value-conscious shoppers who regularly visit discount retailers to find a bargain, according to the latest issue of the...

Canadians spending on experiences

In line with the current societal trend favoring experiences over material possessions, new research from Mintel reveals that consumers are more likely to...

U.S. pet ‘smart’ tech product sales hit $400 million

There’s little debate that the pet humanization trend and the rise of pet parenting have created new dynamics and growth opportunities in the U.S. pet...

Retailers’ environmental impact important to consumers

More than 70% (71.4%) of consumers consider the environmental impacts of their choice of food and grocery retailers and products, according to data and...

Bay Cities awarded for innovative, experiential design

Bay Cities has been recognized for its innovative and experiential in-store displays and packaging at several recent design competitions. The team at Bay...

Research: Black women favor chemical-free haircare

As the natural beauty trend takes hold across the US, it seems black women are fully embracing their natural hair. New research from Mintel reveals that...

UK consumers’ £1.5bn spend up for grabs

The UK nonfood retail sector can benefit from the demise of weaker operators to maintain growth for the survivors, according to data and analytics company...

Treefrog Open up for a BOY Award

Treefrog Open, a collection of eight veneer laminates introduced last summer, is entered in Interior Design magazine’s Best of Year (BOY) Awards. To...

Forecast: U.S. holiday sales to increase over 4%

Holiday retail sales in November and December—excluding automobiles, gasoline, and restaurants—are projected to increase between 4.3% and 4.8% over 2017,...

Supermarkets remain top choice for UK back-to-school buys

U.K. grocers’ ability to use heavy discounting and promotions has cemented their position as the go-to destination for back-to-school products,...

Survey: Consumers favor C-stores for speed, convenience

Convenient locations and fast service are what consumers say convenience stores provide best in an increasingly competitive retail landscape. Nearly two in...

EFI appoints Muir as new CEO

The board of directors for Electronics For Imaging Inc., a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, has named William (Bill) D. Muir...

Wooing the Hispanic Shopper

See how this group’s massive buying power is prompting special store formats and dedicated marketing in the U.S.

Shop! presents awards for top in-store displays

For more than 70 years, the in-store marketing industry has been recognizing top marketing and merchandising displays on the West Coast. On Monday, Oct. 1,...

IA Interior Architects expands Seattle retail team

IA Interior Architects is pleased to announce the expansion of its Seattle retail team with the addition of five new members. Ken Swoyer has been hired as...

Go! goes big for holiday, expands U.S. toy biz

Go! Retail Group, a popup retailer of calendars, toys, and games in the U.S., announced an expansion of its 2018 holiday toy business. The company’s...

Research: Six new global consumer trends

Market intelligence agency Mintel has revealed six key consumer trends impacting industries and markets around the world, identifying how they will play...

Hollister Co. launches anti-bullying campaign

Hollister Co., a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., has announced its sixth annual anti-bullying campaign in support of National Bullying Prevention...

GSP to showcase traffic-driving C-store solutions at NACS Show

Retail services provider GSP is returning to NACS Show in Las Vegas Oct. 7 – 10, showcasing new ways for C-stores to create a retail environment that...

Tween brand expands, offers entertainment

As consumers evolve and place greater emphasis on experiences, tween fashion retailer Justice announces that the company is expanding its reach with a new...

Every day is Coffee Day in the U.K.

To celebrate International Coffee Day on Oct. 1, Mintel has brewed up facts about the popularity of coffee in the U.K. The research firm’s statistics show...

Christmas giving top driver in U.S. gift card market

More than a third of American consumers purchased gift cards in the past 12 months, according to a new Packaged Facts report, Prepaid and Gift Cards in the...

Artitalia Group among Quebec’s 500 largest companies

Artitalia Group Inc. has been named one of the top 500 largest businesses in Quebec by Les Affaires business newspaper. Founded in 1976, the Montreal-based...

Custom Color adds capacity, quality with new EFI VUTEk press

Lenexa, Kan., U.S.-based Custom Color Corp. has long excelled in developing unique, high-value superwide-format graphics applications, and now the company...

Meeting the green education challenge

A Shop! survey reveals how far the industry has come in keeping staff members abreast of sustainability issues.

New conference to debut at RetailX 2019

The RetailX 2019 Tradeshow & Conference, a colocation of the nation’s top three retail events, is proud to announce a partnership with Retail...

Hamacher publishes update to classification system

Hamacher Resource Group Inc. (HRG) has completed its semiannual update of its Fine Line classification system for health, beauty, and wellness (HBW), home...

Hershey takes shopper insights on the road

The Hershey Company unveiled its new 53-ft., expandable Mobile Customer Insights Center (MCIC) tractor trailer during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the...

Elemental LED hosts grand opening of new headquarters

Elemental LED, a leading U.S.-based engineering and technology company that manufactures LED lighting solutions, held a grand opening celebration on Sept....

U.S. consumers seek RTD coffee with functional benefits

As National Coffee Day (Sept. 29) approaches this weekend, consumers are looking for options beyond their typical cup of joe in favor of ready-to-drink...

PAVE announces Christine Taylor Collection Scholarship

The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) is now accepting applications for the 2018 Christine Taylor Collection Scholarship. This award...

B&Q leads as UK’s favorite lighting retailer

DIY market giant B&Q leads with a 29.4% vote as the UK’s favorite lighting retailer, stealing some of BHS’ previous 3.9% market share (£28m),...

Food retail study: transparency yields greater brand loyalty

A new report from Label Insight and Food Marketing Institute (FMI) reveals that grocery shoppers exhibit loyalty to those products that create deeper...

Europe now dominates craft beer innovation

The 185th Oktoberfest started in Munich this weekend, shining a spotlight on age-old brewing techniques and the popularity of artisan beers. High-end,...

IA Interior Architects speakers at CoreNet Global Summit

Five members of the IA Interior Architects team will speak at the CoreNet Global Summit Oct. 14-17 in Boston. Mary Lee Duff, principal, director of...

U.S. Halloween spending to reach $9 billion

Once again, Americans are looking forward to splurging on their favorite candy, costumes, and decorations during the Halloween season. According to the...

Reimagining the Mall

Malls play a strong role in creating healthy mixed-use communities. Discover how the City of Mississauga is working to help mall owners and operators...

DAVACO CEO to speak at Dallas event

DAVACO CEO Keith Winters has been selected to speak to the Financial Executive International’s (FEI) Retail and Restaurant Special Interest Group today at...

Shawmut Design and Construction grows leadership team

Shawmut Design and Construction, a leading $1.2 billion U.S. construction management firm, has announced an expansion to its executive leadership team...

IA Interior Architects teams with IIDA for scholarship

IA Interior Architects, in collaboration with the IIDA Foundation, is proud to announce the creation of a new scholarship that aims to promote diversity...

IA Interior Architects names Atlanta managing director

Continuing IA Interior Architects’ strong commitment to the Atlanta community, the company is pleased to announce that Jodi Borges-Bradley, LEED AP, NCIDQ,...

Bergmeyer names design practice leader

Bergmeyer has hired Amy Margolis as a design practice leader. Margolis will focus on developing key clients in Bergmeyer’s growing hospitality portfolio,...

Bold makeup, natural look dominate U.S. makeup trends

Whether going for a light-handed and natural or vibrant and bold look, today’s American women are interested in makeup looks on two ends of the beauty...

idX promotes 3 to key management positions 

idX Corp., a premier, custom global supply chain solution for consumer environments, has promoted three associates to key management positions. “At...

Elemental LED wins several 2018 PIA awards

Elemental LED, a leading U.S.-based engineering and technology company that manufactures LED lighting solutions, has announced that several Diode LED...

Research: U.S. footwear growth remains comfort-driven

The U.S. footwear industry grew by 7% in the first half of 2018, according to The NPD Group. Growth was driven by gains in casual footwear and online...

idX enhances European design capabilities

  idX Corp., a U.S.-based custom global solution provider for consumer environments, is enhancing its design capabilities in Europe, as Director of...

Flavor innovation to drive US ready-to-eat popcorn sales

While popcorn has traditionally benefited from a health halo, new research from Mintel reveals that Americans are now embracing flavor innovation, from...

Wilsonart announces 2018-2019 education campaign

A year after launching its educational initiative, Understanding Wood: Sourcing Against the Grain, Wilsonart announces a renewed commitment to help educate...

IA Interior Architects names Houston managing director

Continuing IA Interior Architects’ strong commitment to the Houston community, the company is pleased to announce that Michelle Atkinson, IIDA, has joined...

Back to school third largest seasonal event in U.K.

Supermarkets are top pick for purchases Britain’s parents spent just under £1 billion (£915 million) last year on back-to-school shopping, making it the...

Vodka brand achieves global, local identities

Our/Los Angeles, a distillery in the Los Angeles Arts District and the sixth micro-distillery in the Our/Vodka family, achieves both a global and local...

AR, robots play big role in retail’s future

AR-powered shopping decisions, robots, and personalized store experiences can expect to heavily influence the future of retail, according to Infiniti...

Study: POP in hospitality settings strengthens brand equity

POP for hotels and restaurants boosts sales and brand equity, but could be more effective. See the practices recommended from new research by POPAI Central...

How can beauty brands reach ‘Generation AVID’?

Who are AVIDs and how can brands win their trust? As young beauty entrepreneurs like Kylie Jenner and Zoella prove, the teen cosmetics market is now worth...

PAVE calls for Rising Star nominations

The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) is seeking nominations for its 12th Annual Rising Star Award to recognize young retail visionaries....

Armstrong Flooring recycles 100 million lb. of materials

Armstrong Flooring is proud to announce that the company has reached a milestone—recycling more than 100 million lb. of post-consumer flooring materials,...

WS Display opens new facility in Pennsylvania

To better serve its customers, WS Display has opened a new 83,000 sq. ft. facility at 6 Pine Hill Drive in Carlisle, Penn. U.S. The new facility will allow...

Baby Boomers driving U.S. golf, tennis sales

With both the 2018 PGA Championship and US Open Tennis Championship coming up, the golf and tennis equipment markets have something to celebrate. U.S....

Shikatani Lacroix founder authors new book

Shikatani Lacroix is excited to announce the release of its newest book, Desire by Design: What Data-Driven Marketers Should Know About Driving Desire for...

Shop! launches 50% student discount for MaRC certification

Shop!, the global trade association dedicated to enhancing retail environments and experiences, has introduced a 50% discount on its professional MaRC...

Picking Up Where You Left Off

Find out how service providers help minimize disaster-related business interruption, and reference our handy list of providers who can do just that.

Environmental Lights named to Inc. 5000 sixth time

Environmental Lights, a leader in LED lighting solutions, has been named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America for the sixth year...

Major U.S. mall owner to add workspaces

Macerich, a self-managed real estate investment trust, announced a national partnership with workplace operator Industrious. The major mall owner and the...

Patcraft donates $67K to Hurricane Harvey rebuilding

  Patcraft, a leader in high-performance commercial flooring, has donated more than $67,000 to the American Red Cross Texas Gulf Coast Region through...

Superflex rebrands, acquires Lumo Bodytech assets

Superflex has rebranded as Seismic and acquired the intellectual property (IP) of Lumo Bodytech, a motion science company known for its posture-correcting...

ZōN Retail Environments expands design-engineering team

ZōN Retail Environments has hired James Brecht as a project design engineer within its fixture division. Brecht is an accomplished design-engineering...

LSI Industries unveils reorganization plan

LSI Industries Inc., a leader in visual image and engagement solutions, has announced that it will reorganize operations to better serve customers’ needs...

AIA opposes EPA proposal on asbestos

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has submitted formal comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in opposition to its proposed...

Consumers rank IKEA, Ace Hardware top U.S. home stores

IKEA is consumers’ favorite home furnishings retailer and Ace Hardware is their favorite home improvement chain, according to a new nationwide study by...

New cafe concept features one-price menu

  A new flagship store with a commuter train-theme is letting coffee drinkers get their java fix at a fixed price. Fixpresso, in the South Florida...

Tarkett achieves Living Product Challenge Certifications

Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, announces two Living Product Challenge Certifications. The...

Shop! members to exhibit at cannabis industry expo

Shop! members will be among the wide array of retail-specific exhibitors attending an upcoming national trade show for cannabis retail stores and...

UK’s most prolific shoe buyers: 16- to 24-year-old males

Imelda Marcos, Mariah Carey, and Tamara Mellon—they all have footwear collections to die for. However, now it seems the UK’s men are stepping up, as...

US teachers prefer retailers with educator-specific offers

Out-of-pocket spend continues to skyrocket for educators, according to a new survey of 538 U.S. K-12 teachers across the U.S.  Published this week by...

Material and finish trends

      Exploiting popular trends in store elements and fixtures can help brands connect with shoppers. Color expert Montaha Hidefi outlines...

idX China expands, adds construction services 

idX Corp., a premier, custom global supply chain solution for consumer environments, is expanding its operations in China to serve its clients’...

One-third of urban Aussies want green packaging

The current global movement toward the banning of plastics is an initiative that resonates well with today’s Australians. The latest research from Mintel...

Bosch announces partnership with Home Depot

Bosch home appliances, part of BSH Home Appliances Corporation, announced a new partnership with The Home Depot. The partnership expands the Bosch...

Field Nation introduces workers’ comp for clients

Field Nation has announced a workers’ compensation option for clients using its platform to find retail service and install technicians. The policy will...

Breakfast makeovers attract kids, adults

Breakfast tends to be the most polarizing meal of the day; some people love it while others almost never eat it. With most “breakfast believers” being...

British women spend £1.15 billion on facial skincare

While the saying goes that “beauty is only skin deep,” it seems that British women are spending more than ever on facial skincare. In 2017,...

Field Nation introduces new matching algorithm

Field Nation has launched the first and only matching algorithm that recommends top field service contractors to clients. By leveraging a decade’s worth of...

EFI to showcase new offerings at MAGIC

A highlight of this month’s Sourcing at MAGIC tradeshow, the EFI Textile Eco-System for the fashion industry from Electronics For Imaging Inc. allows...

5 Trends in Japanese Retail

      A growing aging population is contributing to several retail trends in Japan, according to Fung Business Intelligence. Find out how.

Retail construction to grow through 2019

Retail construction spending is projected to grow through 2019, according to a new consensus forecast from The American Institute of Architects (AIA)...

Bay Cities and the Royal Group open Royal Bay in Chicago

Royal Bay, a joint venture between Bay Cities and the Royal Group, is opening the doors of its brand-new 323,000-sq.ft. facility in Chicago. Royal Bay is a...

U.S. Gen Z: Buying power same as GDP of some countries

With a buying power exceeding $500 billion, Gen Z teens and young adults have at their disposable a spending ability that is comparable to the GDP of some...

Poll ranks wireless carriers on in-store service

  Cricket leaps to the top of the list when it comes to stellar, in-store customer service, according to a new 2018 wireless industry consumer study...

Facial masks creating a selfie opp in the U.S.

Skincare routines are typically saved for the comfort of consumers’ own homes— unless they’re among the one in five (20%) American skincare...

IA Interior Architects wins award for Boston design project

IA Interior Architects in Boston has received a CoreNet Global New England Chapter’s Best Small Workplace Award for its work on the ASICS Creation Studio....

EFI reports record second quarter revenue for Q2 2018

Electronics For Imaging Inc., a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, has announced its results for the second quarter of 2018. For...