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What Ancient Markets can Teach Today’s Retailers

What Ancient Markets can Teach Today’s Retailers

Posted on 08. Sep, 2010 by ideaworks.

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Tweet Markets are one of the oldest and purest forms of retail. They began when humans first felt the need to exchange goods and services. Trajan’s Market in Rome was established in AD 100-110 and has been credited with being the world’s first shopping centre. In London, Borough Market has been buzzing with activity since [...]

Who Needs This Stuff?

Who Needs This Stuff?

Posted on 23. Aug, 2010 by ideaworks.

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Tweet In 1975, a Californian advertising executive called Gary Dahl invented the Pet Rock. This was the perfect pet; you never needed to feed, water or clean up after it, because it was literally a lump of stone. Lovingly nestled in straw, then placed in a cardboard box with air-holes in it, and complete with [...]

Pop Up to the Extreme

Pop Up to the Extreme

Posted on 28. Jul, 2010 by ideaworks.

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Tweet Trendwatching.com first coined the term “Pop Up Retail” in January 2004. As the trend forecasting website noted at the time; “if new products can come and go, why can’t the stores that display them do the same?” Since then, “Pop Up” has become a phenomenon, with a myriad of retailers opening temporary retail spaces. [...]

Adding the “S” into Value

Adding the “S” into Value

Posted on 13. Jul, 2010 by ideaworks.

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Tweet The shift to “value” has been the megatrend in retail for several years. As a retailer, if you’re not providing your own compelling version of value, you’re probably not in business. Gwen Morrison of international retail intelligence source “The Store”* told the Westfield World Retail Study Tour recently: “these days retailers are all competing [...]

Discovering a Gem in London

Discovering a Gem in London

Posted on 02. Jun, 2010 by ideaworks.

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Tweet Taking part in a World Retail Study Tour, as I have been over the last couple of weeks, is sometimes like mining for diamonds. You have to drill through a hell of a lot of rock before you discover a gem. That’s what happened in London last week, when a colleague on the Tour [...]

The Value Monster

The Value Monster

Posted on 19. May, 2010 by ideaworks.

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Tweet In the 1950’s, the infamous movie monster Godzilla first terrified audiences as it roared and ripped into Japanese metropolises on the big screen. Now a new kind of beast is tearing up the retail landscape in Japan – let’s call it the Value Monster.  In Japan on the Westfield World Retail Study Tour last [...]

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