Archive for 'Westfield World Study Tour 2009'

“New” Retail for a New Decade

Posted on 13. Dec, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet Over the last few weeks, I’ve discussed some of the influences that will affect retail in the coming decade: Considered Consumption – consumers thinking more carefully about every shopping trip and considering not only whether they actually need a particular item, but also the social and environmental consequences of that purchase (and the purchase [...]

How do you fight an 800lb gorilla?

Posted on 23. Aug, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet Costco rolled into Melbourne last week and Australia got its first taste of American-style value retailing on a truly grand scale. The store is 14,400 sqm of pure big box retail grunt. As reported in Inside Retailing, the pollies revelled in it, the crowds loved it, and the enthusiastic response had quite a few [...]

Hello Yellow: Selfridge’s 100th Birthday

Hello Yellow: Selfridge’s 100th Birthday

Posted on 24. Jun, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet Exactly 100 years ago, an American entrepreneur named Harry Gordon Selfridge launched London’s first dedicated department store to a blaze of publicity. In the opening week alone, he spent the equivalent of over $2 million in today’s money on daily full page newspaper ads to put the new store on the map. That same [...]

Bruised, Battered and a Billion Dollars Down

Bruised, Battered and a Billion Dollars Down

Posted on 24. Jun, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet Right now I’m fortunate enough to be traveling on the Westfield World Retail Study Tour. First stop was San Francisco and my general impression from visiting stores and listening to retailers is that America is hurting in a way that is difficult for us to comprehend.   A case in point is Williams-Sonoma, the [...]

Déjà Vu Retailing

Déjà Vu Retailing

Posted on 17. Jun, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet On this year’s Westfield World Retail Study Tour, I would sometimes go into a store and get a distinct sense of déjà vu. Often it would be a design element that reminded you of someone else’s store. The chandelier is one good example, which seems to have spread like a virus through a million [...]

Selfridges 100th Anniversary Promotion

Selfridges 100th Anniversary Promotion

Posted on 16. May, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet I couldn’t leave London without telling you about Selfridges 100th Anniversary promotion. Harry Gordon Selfridge opened London’s first dedicated department store to a blaze of publicity in 1909. Selfridge was known as the “showman of shopping”, and his namesake department store in its prime position on Oxford Street is still holding true to that promise [...]

California Dreaming

California Dreaming

Posted on 13. May, 2009 by ideaworks.

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Tweet I’m writing this from the seat of a 767, flying across the States. Typical of Westfield World Retail Study Tours, the past few days in San Francisco have been exhausting, but exhilarating. Lots of stores and presentations and not a lot of sleep! My general impression of US retail (certainly on the West Coast [...]

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