Next up in our guest blog series, Nikki Baird, managing partner at RSR Research, joins us to discuss how small retailers can win in the digital economy. Nikki has an extensive background in retail technology with experience ranging from small retailers to consulting services for Fortune 500 retailers, distributors, and manufacturers.… Read More

In the words of Seth Sigman, a retail analyst at Credit Suisse, this is the most omni-channel holiday yet, with holiday shopping becoming increasingly mobile. For Walmart, this trend rings very true, with nearly half of their orders since Thanksgiving having been placed on a mobile device — double what the retailer’s mobile purchases were last year.… Read More

Another successful year has come to an end, which means it’s time that we share with all of you the biggest retail trends that the Kimco team foresees in the coming year. As North America’s largest publicly traded owner and operator of open-air shopping centers, Kimco is uniquely positioned, both in our geographic reach and dealings with retailers large and small, to identify key factors that will have an impact in the retail real estate landscape.… Read More

Starbucks isn’t just known for its killer cup of joe, but its distinctive interior ambiance which sparked a new coffee shop craze across the country and helped turn the company into a household name.

Still, even as one the most iconic brands in the world, Starbucks has been challenged to rethink the store model that once worked so seamlessly and naturally for its customers, and come up with fresh and novel ways to bridge the gap between its brick-and-mortar services and consumers’ new digital demands.… Read More

The only consistent thing in retail real estate is change. Unlike other real estate sectors, the vibrant world of retail changes dramatically as new concepts pop up, existing concepts reinvent themselves, and outdated concepts fade away. And while change can sometimes be disruptive, we think it creates a great opportunity.… Read More

Perhaps no generation since the baby boomers has been discussed more than millennials. This demographic, which spans people born from 1982 through 2004, came of age at a watershed moment in how we live our daily lives: the rise of the Internet, mobile technology, and the tech revolution they brought with it.… Read More

You may have heard the word “webrooming” buzzing through the retail industry lately. But if you still don’t know what it means, you aren’t alone. Unlike showrooming, where consumers shopping in a store look online for more info — or more competitive prices — on a product, recent studies suggest that the newest trend among shoppers is to gather web intelligence before heading to the nearest shop to make their purchase.… Read More

Online retailers have generally focused their businesses on digital channels. They’ve known that they can attract customers through online advertising, email marketing, search engine visibility, social media promotions, and mobile marketing. The brick-and-mortar channel has traditionally been far from online retailers’ radar.… Read More