Want To Drink For Free? Shop For Mens’ Clothes.

According to The Wall Street Journal, men are purpose driven shoppers who like to get in and get out. To combat that behavior, some high end retailers are popping tops and getting dudes to chill. By offering in-store drinks, a growing number of retailers are trying to get men to shop more like women, who […]

Concepts Killed At The Cash Register

I like working on retail accounts. It’s a straight up game where you always know the score. You do “X” and bing, it works. Or the other, you do “Y” and it bombs. Retail is also a bellwether. If the economy is suffering, retail suffers. If it’s booming, people are in stores buying product. According […]

Studying Shoppers

Looking for insight into how brands can entice frugal shoppers, Susan Berfield of BusinessWeek sat down with environmental psychologist Paco Underhill, author of Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping and Call of the Mall: The Geography of Shopping. In the written piece for BusinessWeek, Berfield takes Underhill to a Whole Paycheck where he sees […]

Build Trust And Prosper

There’s drive-to-web and there’s drive-to-retail. For a handful of smart retailers, a good blog can do both. Chris Anderson of Wired examines the trend: We’ve been through lots of experiments in giving companies a human voice, few of them successful. Paid pitchmen and celebrity endorsements. Awkward commercials featuring the aw-shucks CEO. Quirky corporate styles and […]

Yo, This Widescreen TV Has Blood On It. Can You Reduce The Price?

You may have heard that Black Friday was a particularly dark day for Wal-Mart. A contract worker at a Wal-Mart store on Long Island was trampled to death in a stampede for low priced merchandise. Consequently,

For Circuit City, It’s Lights Out

I called it. From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Circuit City announced plans Monday to close 155 stores, including all 16 of the electronics retailer’s metro Atlanta locations. The company will also close stores in Macon, Warner Robins and Athens. The store locator on the Circuit City Web site now lists only three stores within 100 miles […]

Haggling Over Price And Cheapening A Brand

With the economy taking a dive, many consumers are now trying to haggle for everyday items–much like the way car buying has traditionally been. The Chicago Tribune has more: Their ranks are growing. Half of consumers surveyed in April by BIGresearch reported they have started haggling over auto repairs and appliance and electronics purchases. More […]

Retail – The Place Where People Buy Things of a Branded Nature

I find it refreshing to read John Wilkins’ prose on the opportunities in retail. To maximize retail’s potential, marketers need to develop a deeper understanding of the visual, physical, and interactive aspects of the shopping experience. Unlike traditional media, which is linear and one-directional, the store is an explosion of stimuli. Retail is an opportunity […]

Unusual Retail Signage

Fairly Honest Bill’s is a used furniture place on MLK and Burnside in Portland. Bill wants to let you know where he’s coming from before you enter his environment.

Revolution Number 9

As someone with experience in point-of-sale advertising, I’ve said for years that POS can be dramatically improved. Yet, that’s not all that can be upgraded—the retail interaction itself can also benefit from new thinking. According to Atlanta Journal Constitution, Coca-Cola is working on a proprietary fountain system that can dispense more than 100 beverages from […]