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PayLead: A new wave of loyalty in the world of banking
Jun07

PayLead: A new wave of loyalty in the world of banking

PayLead is redefining banking loyalty by offering consumers the opportunity to be compensated in proportion to their purchases from their business partners. In this article, we return to the initiative launched by Charles de Gastines and Jacquelin Becheau La Fonta nearly three years ago. Summary Presentation of the company Genesis and history The fields of application How does it work? The future and key figures Presentation of the...

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Customer Experience: Polette puts sex toys in a shop window display
May15

Customer Experience: Polette puts sex toys in a shop window display

Last week, a shop window display aroused my interest as I walked through the streets of downtown Brussels. I was not the only one to stop in front of the Polette store, rue du Marché aux Herbes. How could it have been otherwise when moving sex toys were displayed in the window? In the series of interactive store windows, this one is at least, quite remarkable. Market research is also about that: observe trends. We have interviewed...

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Major Retail Outlets in City Centres
May08

Major Retail Outlets in City Centres

After many years of focusing on opening stores on the outskirts of major cities, Ikea opened this week in Paris, on May 6, 2019, 23 Boulevard de la Madeleine in the 1st arrondissement, its first retail outlet adapted to city centres. Summary Ikea in the city centre Retail outlets located far from the outskirts of the city What are the main advantages?   Ikea relocates to the city centres This unique concept launched by Ikea is...

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Customer experience: This Lisbon store uses a magical recipe to make you buy
Apr26

Customer experience: This Lisbon store uses a magical recipe to make you buy

Rarely have I seen a store that used marketing so efficiently to unconciously make people buy. “O Mundo Fantastico Da Sardinha Portuguesa” is a a store located on Praça Rossio (Rossio square) in Lisbon which seels sardines in box. Boxes are colorful, bear the mention of a year and a few facts about that year. Different colors are associated to different decades. O Mundo Fantastico Da Sardinha Portuguesa uses several...

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Find & Order turns ‘Picking’ into child’s play
Apr08

Find & Order turns ‘Picking’ into child’s play

We have interviewed Arthur Guelton, co-founder of Find & Order, an indoor guidance solution for retail and supply chain businesses. In this article, we return to the creation and characteristics of this pioneering application. Summary Find & Order at a glance The genesis of the idea Technology used How and where it’s used The future and key figures The service offered by Find & Order Find & Order is a 3D mapping...

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How to turn a crazy idea into reality: Savour Histoires de Gourmets, our interview with Jérôme Fourest
Apr03

How to turn a crazy idea into reality: Savour Histoires de Gourmets, our interview with Jérôme Fourest

After having analysed the creation of the Savour Histoires de Gourmets boutique in Vichy, a shop resulting from the association of 3 French brands (Comtesse du Barry, Nicolas, De Neuville), we interviewed Jérôme Fourest, General Manager at Comtesse du Barry, in order to shed light on the ins and outs of this project. Summary A ‘crazy’ idea The correlation of points in common Why Vichy? Marketing strategy The future and key...

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Smart bottles, from health to marketing
Mar29

Smart bottles, from health to marketing

Objects connected to a Network are becoming more and more common in our daily lives. In this article, we will discuss some initiatives concerning smart bottles. Summary Drink more water thanks to smart bottles. Marketing and communication resources. How far can we go? Healthy smart bottles encourage their users to drink more Two significant points stand out when we talk about smart bottles. On the one hand, more and more smart bottles...

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Technology and artificial intelligence in retail
Mar27

Technology and artificial intelligence in retail

We have recently talked about the role of artificial intelligence in games and the arts, but what about retail? Following our conference on the impact of artificial intelligence in the media, retail and insurance sectors, we return in this article to innovative initiatives taken by retailers to optimise their performance, in particular, those made by Casino in their hypermarket in Pessac, which serves as a laboratory to test these in...

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Retail marketing strategy: Nicolas, Comtesse du Barry and de Neuville join forces
Mar11

Retail marketing strategy: Nicolas, Comtesse du Barry and de Neuville join forces

In the age of the digitalisation of markets, many consumers are turning to e-commerce, sometimes undermining local shops, which are particularly affected by the phenomenon of showrooming. In response, retailers are increasingly redesigning their marketing strategy to maintain their share of the market. In this article, we review the opening of the ‘Savour Histoires de Gourmets’ concept store in Vichy at the end of 2018,...

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Impact of artificial intelligence in the retail, media and insurance sectors
Mar04

Impact of artificial intelligence in the retail, media and insurance sectors

On the invitation of Philippe Warzée, editor-in-chief of Pub.be, I was pleased to present my latest thoughts on the impact of artificial intelligence in the media, retail and insurance sectors. The presentation started with a brief historical overview of recommendation algorithms, perhaps the most widespread type of algorithms around. After this introduction I dealt with 3 use cases : Netflix (media sector), coupons in the retail...

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Delhaize Fresh Atelier: analysis of a retail concept and new openings
Mar01

Delhaize Fresh Atelier: analysis of a retail concept and new openings

In November 2018, the Ravenstein Gallery, near Brussels Central Station, saw the emergence of the new retail concept of Delhaize, the Belgian mass retail company belonging to the Ahold group, called “Fresh Atelier”. The city of Louvain (Leuven) has also hosted a Fresh Atelier in the Diestsestraat since December 2018. This new store concept aims to refocus on consumers’ expectations, both in terms of their consumption...

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Interactive showcases: the innovative tool that retailers have always dreamed of?
Feb20

Interactive showcases: the innovative tool that retailers have always dreamed of?

The creation of attractive storefronts is an integral part of the marketing plan in the retail sector. In the digital age, retailers are moving towards interactive displays. Storefronts that adapt to their environment and create interaction with this environment while keeping essential functions such as displaying the brand’s new products, promoting ongoing discounts, and much more. In this article, we will review the status of...

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This Delhaize supermarket has been turned into an Urban Art temple
Nov30

This Delhaize supermarket has been turned into an Urban Art temple

What can be done with an abandoned supermarket? A temple of urban art? In any case, this is what Alexandra Lambert and Fred Atax of the Strokar association, who initiated the artistic project around a former supermarket in Brussels, asked each other. And the very least we can say is that this has been a success. Follow us today on a tour of this unique project and read this article right to the end to find out the latest on the legal...

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Retail: arrange products attractively to make customers buy more
Sep28

Retail: arrange products attractively to make customers buy more

In an earlier article we started dealing with examples of attractive visual displays in the retail industry. We argued that product arrangement influences information processing by customers and in return purchase decisions. Ensuring that products are displayed next to each other in an homogeneous way makes information processing easier for the customer. During our retail tour in Berlin we spotted a few of this well-designed products...

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Customer experience: is Soho House Berlin the future of concept stores?
Sep17

Customer experience: is Soho House Berlin the future of concept stores?

Soho House is known as a group of private members’ clubs around the world. Of English origins the concept has spread into continental Europe too. Berlin has its Soho Club too and the non-private parts are worth a visit, especially the concept store on the ground floor which is in our opinion a model of what the future of retail will look like. Before we report on our visit there, let’s have a brief introduction on the Soho...

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Renault opens 100% electric vehicles store in Berlin
Sep14

Renault opens 100% electric vehicles store in Berlin

Car manufacturers are betting on alternative energies to sustain their growth. As on our market research revealed, the market for electrical cars is growing at different paces in Europe with Germany being one of the top markets in 2016. Logically manufacturers are trying to communicate more on the advantages of these vehicles and Renault, as market leader for electrical vehicles with a market share of 23.7% in Europe in 2017, opened a...

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Retail innovation: New Era opens new store in Berlin, Germany
Sep07

Retail innovation: New Era opens new store in Berlin, Germany

Opened on 12th July at the corner of Rochstrasse und Münzstrasse in Berlin Mitte’s iconic shopping district, New Era’s newest store is worth a visit if you like innovative retail concepts and are looking to fuel your inspiration. Originally a tightly-knit family business based in Buffalo (NY) New Era is now an international brand that has based its growth on sports heritage. Some New Era stores (like the one in Tokyo,...

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Retail trends: the genesis of a remarkable store in Berlin
Sep05

Retail trends: the genesis of a remarkable store in Berlin

Where to go when you want to detect the latest trends in the retail industry? Berlin is certainly one top-destination, especially the area around the Rosa-Luxemburg-strasse. We already spent quite a lot of time here in the past, reporting on remarkable stores like Type and Hype, Twinkind (which went bankrupt), the second store of Paper and Tea, or Zeit für Brot. In one of the streets of this small area a new store is in the making. We...

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Market research : the combined effect of music and light in the retail sector
Aug13

Market research : the combined effect of music and light in the retail sector

Sensory market research has focused mostly on the effects on consumer behavior of specific cues: light, scent, temperature, … Some of those cues are always present in a retail setting (light, temperature) and past studies have therefore investigated the effects of the variations of those cues (higher/lower temperature, more or less light) Company industry atmospherics charcateristics purpose abercrombie & fitch clothing loud...

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Market research: be careful when choosing the location of your store
Jul18

Market research: be careful when choosing the location of your store

A customer recently asked us to help him decide between several locations for his next store. This exercise is like doing a little market research and it’s actually crucial to the success of your business. The wrong location can lead to the death of your business. You’d better spend a little time on your market research, wouldn’t you? Here are a few tips we’d like to give you. If you want to deepen your...

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Societal and ethical issues of digitization: are emotions covered by GDPR?
Jul04

Societal and ethical issues of digitization: are emotions covered by GDPR?

An academic paper by Royakkers et al. (2018) is currently available from “Ethics and information technology” magazine that offers an interesting overview of the societal and ethical issues of digitization (hence its title). Digitization issues are analyzed along 6 axis : privacy autonomy safety and security balance of power human dignity power It’s not my intention here to sum up the whole paper; I’d rather...

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What’s the marketing secret behind Frank Woolworth’s fortune?
Jun18

What’s the marketing secret behind Frank Woolworth’s fortune?

The Woolworth building is one of New-York’s most iconic buildings. Not only was it the tallest building of the world from 1913 until 1930, but it also conveys the history of a brand that has revolutionized retail before going bankrupt. How did retail look like at the time of Frank Woolworth ? Frank Woolworth was a legendary businessman but also a legendary inept salesman. His inability as a salesman is told to have led him draft...

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Market research: the 5 trends that will shape the future of retailing
May14

Market research: the 5 trends that will shape the future of retailing

Market research has identified 5 trends that will shape the future of retailing technology and tools to enhance decision making innovations in visual display to make customers’ purchase decisions easier differentiating customer experiences collection of data at massive scale (Big Data) and their usages use of analytics to improve profitability In today’s article we will discuss and illustrate each of those 5 market trends....

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Marketing concept : in this bar cocktails are made by robots
May04

Marketing concept : in this bar cocktails are made by robots

Las Vegas is a kind of paradise for marketers. Not only is the city hosting a lot of important shows (like the CES or the NAB) but it also hosting some crazy marketing concepts. I spotted this one, a bar called The Tipsy Robot, located at the Miracle Miles shopping mall last month. Read also: A geographic map of the best and most innovative retail concepts in Europe The principle behind this bar is simple: your cocktail won’t be...

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American Eagle makes your pair of jeans and the customer experience unique
Apr19

American Eagle makes your pair of jeans and the customer experience unique

How to create a unique customer experience and differentiate you from the crowd ? This is a recurrent topic on this blog (see for instance our analysis of the Sonos and Flying Tiger customer experiences). Today we’ll analyse the in-store customer experience offered by an American fashion brand : American Eagle. Make your pair of jeans your very own : a unique customer experience The concept behind American Eagle is that each...

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Coach finds inspiration in Keith Haring’s work for 2018 campaign
Mar23

Coach finds inspiration in Keith Haring’s work for 2018 campaign

Fashion brand Coach has unveiled its global campaign for Spring 2018 and has been inspired by artist Keith Haring’s work. Their latest products are indeed customized to reflect some of Haring’s iconic illustrations. Keith Haring (1958-1990) was a US artist who became famous with his joyful illustrations. Haring belonged to the artistic movement that popped up in New-York in the 80’s, inspired among others by the graffiti...

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Flying Tiger: here’s how a unique customer experience is created
Mar21

Flying Tiger: here’s how a unique customer experience is created

If you are looking for the quintessence of customer experience, look no further. This store counts only on its customer experience to drive its sales : it’s called “Flying Tiger Copenhagen“. And believe it or not I visited one store of this Danish brand for the first time a few weeks ago. I paid a visit to the store located next to the Flatiron building in New-York. A store full of 1$ and 2$ stuff  This store...

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Sonos flagship store offers a unique customer experience
Mar19

Sonos flagship store offers a unique customer experience

Sonos is a high-end brand of audio equipment for the home. The Sonos flagship store in New-York is a model of outstanding retail customer experience. Follow us for an inspirational tour of this retail space located at the heart of SoHo, one of New-York’s most fashionable retail districts. How Sonos creates a unique in-store customer experience Unlike any other store the products are not prominently displayed in the Sonos...

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Retail : the display windows at Bergdorf Goodman (New-York) are superb
Mar16

Retail : the display windows at Bergdorf Goodman (New-York) are superb

What do you do when you are in New-York and jet-lagged ? You wake up at 3 am and go for a walk. If, like me, you are passionnate about retail and marketing, night tours are ideal to take pictures of the most beautiful display windows. This time my nightly walking tour brought up to Central Park where the famous Bergdorf Goodman department store is located. It’s a must see if you are looking for innovative retail ideas. You...

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Louis Vuitton’s latest popup store in New-York open until 10 March 18
Mar09

Louis Vuitton’s latest popup store in New-York open until 10 March 18

Vuitton opened a popup store on Greene Street, New-York, on 8 February 2018 to sell a limited collected of sneakers. The popup store, which will remain open until 10 March 2018, is located at the corner of Greene street and Prince street, two of the most fashionable retail streets in New-York. The Vuitton popup store is dedicated to the Archlight sneakers which, at $1090, may be the coolest and most desirable sneakers on earth. Expect...

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Retail: here’s how you can make it easy for people to buy more
Mar07

Retail: here’s how you can make it easy for people to buy more

How do you make sure your products are visible among a larger assortment and immediately attract shoppers’ attention ? By using visual salience. Supermarkets make it impossible for shoppers to understand the assortment Supermarkets organize products by departments and by categories. Within any given category products are placed next to each other without taking aesthetic into account. As a consequence a shopper’s brain...

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Market analysis: what’s the future of supermarkets ?
Mar05

Market analysis: what’s the future of supermarkets ?

How will supermarkets look like in 10 year from now ? Will employees be replaced by robots or won’t there just be any employees left ? While points of sales are more and more resembling an extension of online businesses with experience becoming more phygital (see an exemple here) and while showrooming is taking up, supermarkets have never changed as fast as today. The 3 phases of supermarkets’ evolution: a 10-year...

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Retail : here’s how Lego ensures customers buy more
Mar02

Retail : here’s how Lego ensures customers buy more

Supermarkets used to earn a lot of mony just before checkout. All the gums, sweets, … were there to tempt customers and add fat money to the bottom line. With the advent of smartphones retailers were surprized to see their sales plummet; consumers were too busy looking at their smartphones’ screens and impulsive behaviors were suddenly stopped. The Lego store in London found a way to counterattack. A checkout path was...

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Everything will be purchased online: only those offline businesses will survive
Feb28

Everything will be purchased online: only those offline businesses will survive

What will remain of brick-and-mortar stores in 20 years from now ? Not much. Consumers will adopt online behaviors and will visit physical points of sale on very few occasions : when forced to to enjoy a very special customer experience for the purpose of showrooming when e-commerce is a worse option Here are our predictions on 3 types of businesses which will survive to e-commerce and why they will. luxury sector : the #1 industry to...

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Vuitton opens new flagship store on Place Vendôme
Feb23

Vuitton opens new flagship store on Place Vendôme

Louis Vuitton opened in late 2017 a new 1700 sqm flagship store on the corner of rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The facade of the building is adorned with a sunburst installation by Vuitton’s creative director Faye McLeod. The effect at night is simply stunning. Faye McLeod is also the woman behind Vuitton’s window displays, one recurrent theme of this blog (see a few examples of her magnificient work here and there). LVMH...

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A qualitative market research of the Hollister & Co. brand perceptions
Feb21

A qualitative market research of the Hollister & Co. brand perceptions

How do you explore customers’ perceptions about a brand ? Which methodologies should you use to elicitate brand images ? A recent research published in the Journal of Retailing explores consumers’ perception of Hollister and Co. and uses for this aim a vast array of market research techniques. Market research methods The methodologies used by the authors to explore consumers’ feelings, unconscious thoughts are...

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