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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...

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...

Cannabis industry expo puts focus on retailers

A wide array of retail-specific exhibitors will be attending an upcoming national trade show for cannabis retail stores and dispensaries. The Retail &...

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...

U.S. 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...

4 international teas to watch in U.S. beverage market

The genie is out of the (ready-to-drink) bottle when it comes to a growing number of U.S. consumers willing to try beverages from all over the world. A...

Hamacher Resource Group’s Wendland to speak in Arizona

Hamacher Resource Group Inc.’s VP, Strategic Relations Dave Wendland will give a presentation on “Has SKU Rationalization Become Irrelevant?” at ECRM’s...

EFI CEO plans to step down

Guy Gecht, the longtime CEO of digital printing innovation leader Electronics For Imaging Inc., has informed the company’s board of directors that he...

Germany leads global vegan new product development

In recent years, Germany has emerged as a leading force in the so-called ‘vegan revolution.’ New research from Mintel shows that Germany has retained its...

Retail Environments magazine recognized for excellence

For the third consecutive year, Retail Environments magazine has been recognized for editorial and design excellence in the Tabbie Awards, organized by...

Strong compliance initiatives increase sales

Retailers can increase sales by an average of 3.7% per store through strong compliance initiatives, according to a research study commissioned by...

U.S. back-to-school shopping: moms vs. dads

As American kids hold tight to the last few weeks of summer vacation, parents are bracing themselves for the annual back-to-school shopping windfall. As...

CPG survey shows consumers willing to trade up

The U.S. consumer packaged goods industry is not reaping the benefits of a fairly robust economy, according to the latest IRI Consumer Connect survey...

Younger consumers big on branded desserts

It pays to be sweet. Research reveals Gen Z and Millennial consumers in the U.S. are an influential segment of the dessert buying market and their spending...

Study: Wellness a priority for Thai consumers

Thai consumers are looking for ways to fulfill their desires to better themselves, according to new research from global market intelligence agency Mintel....

Ambius wins 27 International Plantscape Awards

At this year’s International Plantscape Awards, Ambius broke its own record for wins by a single firm with 27 awards. Fifteen designers from 13 different...

Hamacher president, VP to speak at Shop! event

Hamacher Resource Group Inc.’s president, Dawn Vogelsang, and VP, strategic relations, Dave Wendland, will give a presentation on “Producer Savings Through...

Cats clawing out niche in pet oral care

Cat-focused oral care products are vastly outnumbered on U.S. store shelves when compared to products for dogs. Yet, despite the dominance of dogs,...

New research: The Future of Apparel

U.S. apparel sales are projected to grow across across the category, with consumers increasingly shopping via a variety of channels, according to The...

Shop! introduces mobile-first retail job matching platform

Shop! has introduced a new benefit for members, the Retail Recruiter Platform powered by Capango. Created for the retail industry, the tool can help member...

The Container Store launches new brand campaign

As a leading U.S. storage and organization retailer, The Container Store is committed to helping customers accomplish projects, maximize space, and make...

ARAUCO acquires Panolam assets

ARAUCO, a global producer of wood products, today announced the purchase of Panolam‘s industrial assets located in Albany, Ore., U.S. The acquisition...

Creating a destination pays off for luxury department stores

The performance of the luxury and midmarket players has been, and will remain, extremely polarized as the premium/luxury department store retailers...

EFI Nozomi offers customer greater efficiency

Thanks to its purchase of the EFI Nozomi C18000 single-pass press for direct-to-board printing, a St. Louis, Mo., U.S.-based custom product display and...

Construction tech a desirable VC investment

The construction industry continues to face challenges of rising construction materials costs, a skilled labor shortage, and overall lack of productivity...

Report: Strategies for boosting GM retail sales

Rather than concede general merchandise sales to new and disruptive competition, brick-and-mortar retailers are seeking creative ways to maintain their...

U.S. pet owners propel wild bird product sales

There’s no squawking about the fact that U.S. sales of wild bird products are soaring, especially among older Gen X adults and Baby Boomers. But don’t...

Global Shop Solutions’ Strausbaugh honored

Global Shop Solutions Operations Consultant J.N. Strausbaugh has been named to Manufacturing Engineering’s 2018 30 Under 30 list. Strausbaugh has...

Shop! announces organizational change

Shop!, the global trade association dedicated to enhancing retail environments and experiences, has elevated Todd Dittman to executive director, a new role...

Sustainable packaging gains importance

Consumers are increasingly putting pressure on manufacturers to improve the impact that packaging has on the environment, with ethical packaging now...

Bowers to retire from Frank Mayer

After 35 years as a member of Frank Mayer and Associates Inc., SVP of Retail Technology Business Development Ron Bowers will retire at the end of July....

Gen Z set to impact food and drink innovation

Millennials have had their time in the spotlight; now, companies are looking to the next generation to see how they will impact the future of the food and...

Economic forecast: U.S. nonresidential construction

The U.S. nonresidential construction sector will remain stable for the second half of 2018, Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban...

Makita hits the road with tool demo tour

Makita is hitting the road with a new fleet of custom vehicles to travel across America, engaging tool users and dealers with an interactive tool...

Gable hires design director, grows in-house design group

Gable is pleased to announce that Ken Lay has joined the company as the design director of Gable’s Solutions Design Group, a team of 17 diverse...

U.S. back-to-school spending to reach $82.8 billion

The back-to-school and college shopping season is in full swing, but many parents and college students say they are waiting for the best deals to complete...

Data Display Systems acquires DUCO POP assets

Data Display Systems, a custom integrator of video, audio, lighting, and provider of remote content management services to the POP market, has announced...

FOCUS: in-store technology

Discover how consumers are favoring tech and how Shop! members can help you leverage it.

IA Interior Architects announces firm appointments

IA Interior Architects has announced its 2018 firm appointments. Ray Ehscheid, corporate; Neil G. Schneider, Chicago; and Leda Woods, Chicago; were named...

Study: Makeup with skincare benefits popular in U.S.

According to recent findings from global information company The NPD Group’s 2018 Makeup In-Depth Consumer Report, nearly all U.S. women using makeup, or...

Forecast: U.S. salty snack sales to hit $29 billion by 2022

How Americans eat has evolved to match the frequently hurried, harried, and hectic lifestyles of today’s consumers. The shift has been a boon to convenient...

Frank Mayer releases kiosk white paper

Frank Mayer and Associates has released a new white paper on The Present-Day Kiosk and Its Benefit to Today’s Consumer. The publication addresses...

Amazon needs to get physical with pharmacy service

While many consumers welcome Amazon’s move into pharmacy with its acquisition of PillPack, more than half would like the option of picking up their...

Pet product packaging sales reach $3.6 billion

Premiumization of pet foods and growth in pet product sales continue to drive pet product packaging demand, according to market research firm Packaged...

China pollution concerns prompt uptick in cleansing masks

The facial mask segment is a rising star in the facial skincare category in China for reasons of convenience, personalization, and premiumization. However,...

Grains driving culinary innovation

From every corner of the globe, rice and corn (maize) have been staples of the human diet for centuries. Yet new and emerging culinary trends in...

Areas of opportunity for U.S. outdoor sales

Sales within the core U.S. outdoor industry spanning outdoor equipment, apparel, footwear, and accessories were $18.9 billion in the 12 months ending April...

Justice launches back-to-school campaign

U.S.-based tween brand Justice is capitalizing on back-to-school shopping with a new brand activation campaign featuring tween internet celebrities,...

ECi announces Everyday Hero finalists

ECi Software Solutions, a leader in industry-specific, cloud-based business management solutions, has announced the finalists for its annual Everyday Hero...

The future of Asia-Pacific’s retail landscape

The future of Asia-Pacific’s retail landscape will force a fundamental change in the way Asian companies are structured, managed, and do business,...

South Korea maintains duty-free dominance

South Korea is the world’s largest duty-free market, and in 2017, the country’s duty-free sales reached an all-time high of US$11.7 billion, according to...

idX associates take on major volunteer initiatives

  idX Corp. associates worldwide took on major volunteer initiatives in their communities this spring as part of the company’s idX Impact...

Cold brew coffee demand heats up

On the heels of ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee and iced coffee growth, cold brew coffee has become commonplace across the foodservice spectrum, according to...

Emium makes big move to larger home

  Emium Lighting announces that the company is relocating their home office and main U.S. distribution center to a new larger property in Lake Zurich,...

IA expands global retail practice

IA Interior Architects announces the continued growth of its retail practice group with the addition of a new team that will be based in Seattle, WA. The...

Nonprofit petitions stores to close their doors

With the start of summer, clean energy nonprofit Generation 180 is launching a Change.org petition urging retailers across the country to close their doors...

idX works with VA to bring vets back to the workforce

A new initiative at idX Corp.‘s Dayton division is helping area military veterans move back into the civilian workforce. In the first three months of...

From transactional to consultative

POP display producers are adding more consulting services to the menu as they work harder to add value and set themselves apart from competitors. Retail...

New menus, tech boost restaurant customer satisfaction

Texas Roadhouse, Chick-fil-A lead among full-service and fast food restaurants Both full-service and fast food restaurants are revamping their menus and...

Research: Transparency in the beauty industry

Consumers around the world are demanding transparency and authenticity in every facet of their lives, and beauty products are no exception. But what does...

U.S. journaling trend lifts pen, notebook sales

Marketers might want to take note of this latest trend. Bullet journaling, one of the latest crazes in creative expression, is helping to drive up sales of...

Study: Young Americans favor comfortable shoes

From Serena Williams wearing sneakers to the royal wedding after-party to Maya Rudolph and Tiffany Haddish carrying their heels on stage at the Oscars,...

Frank Mayer and Associates hires account executive

Frank Mayer and Associates has hired Pete Balistrieri as an account executive. Balistrieri has more than two decades of experience working with global...

Survey prompts U.S. outdoor workspace tour

L.L.Bean is putting a new spin on being out of the office with an outdoor coworking space that involves a fresh design, plenty of fresh air, and cycling...

1 in 3 US dads interested in anti-aging products

It’s not just women seeking a fountain of youth in a bottle. New research from Mintel reveals that one-third (34%) of American dads* who use personal...

Phygital VM

FRCH’s Kelsey Chessey shows you how high technology is redefining visual (and auditory) merchandising. For more, see Retail Environments magazine.

Cosmeceuticals see emergence in China

While China’s cosmeceuticals market is currently quite diversified and fragmented, it seems these products are resonating more and more with Chinese...

U.S. menus reflect breakfast all day trend

No longer confined to mornings, breakfast has become an any time of day meal or snack for many U.S. adults. The popular trend is being reflected in menus...

Gensler, Kramer boost Holt Renfrew’s lux appeal

GENSLER AND THE KRAMER DESIGN GROUP are contributing to Holt Renfrew’s major transformation of its luxury retail experience. Holt Renfrew is investing over...

Global Shop Solutions marks VP’s 25th anniversary

Global Shop Solutions is proud to celebrate 25 years of ERP software excellence under the leadership of VP of R&D Erika Klein. As the daughter of Dick...

Study: Most Americans prefer drinking at home

When given the choice, most Americans would choose to drink at home rather than venturing to a bar, according to new research from Mintel, which finds that...

Tap into Shop! members expertise at AIA expo

Featuring the latest products and technologies, the 2018 AIA Conference on Architecture’s Architecture Expo takes place June 21 and 22 at the Javits Center...

Testrite Visual Products hires director of retail development

Testrite Visual Products, a manufacturer of custom display solutions, is proud to announce that Ken Hansen has joined the company as director of retail...

ECi wins manufacturing award for Macola software

ECi Software Solutions, a leader in industry-specific business management software and information technology solutions, announced that its Macola software...

Survey defines 3 types of home décor shoppers

Which consumers don’t care about trends at all? Which ones are sick of seeing animal prints? Overstock.com, Inc. wanted to find out. The online...

Hamacher Resource Group VP to speak at OTC conference

Hamacher Resource Group Inc.’s Dave Wendland will present “Independent Pharmacy Opportunity: Myth or Reality” at Nicholas Hall’s North American OTC...

U.S. construction material prices see decade-high surge

Prices for inputs to construction materials expanded 2.2% in May and are 8.8% higher than at the same time one year ago, according to an Associated...

Hamacher Resource Group wins innovation award

Hamacher Resource Group has received a BizTimes I.Q. Award for Innovation from BizTimes Media LLC for its ShelfPics product, recently implemented at...

Elemental LED announces NY partnership

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

Sales flourish in full-figure U.S. bra market

A new report on U.S. women’s bra sizing illustrates the importance of the full-figure segment. With 38C being the top selling bra size nationwide, the...

Sleeper segment

The mattress category has risen to prominence as consumers prioritize health and brands create engaging in-store experiences. To learn more, see Retail...

IA Interior Architects to speak at NeoCon 2108

Thought leaders from IA Interior Architects will be sharing their expertise at seminars during NeoCon 2018. Manuel Navarro, design director at IA Interior...