Mall, the new four letter word? (9/28/2017)
The state of the shopping mall is in peril. Or is it?
As traditional mall retailers are seemingly closing their doors left and right, many malls must determine what to do ...
Rightsizing Store Networks: 4 Questions You Need to Ask (8/17/2017)
Many retail real estate professionals are facing a new reality: retailers simply aren’t expanding at the rates seen in the past. In fact, many are navigating the task of “rightsizing” store networks, which is unfamiliar territory for most.
Do You Know Your Trade Area? (8/3/2017)
Consumer demands for convenience are putting pressure on retailers to adapt.
Real estate and marketing decisions are under scrutiny as consumers are turning to ...
What Every Real Estate Professional Needs to Know About Ensemble Modeling (7/27/2017)
Staying on top of the latest buzzwords and trends is a challenge in any profession, and the real estate industry is no exception.
Today’s real estate professionals researching site selection consultants and tools may encounter the term “ensemble modeling,” which may be unfamiliar.
Pop-up Stores: Fad or Retail Renaissance? (6/29/2017)
The rise of the pop-up store. Have you ever been to a pop-up store? If not, chances are you’ve heard of them. The pop-up store concept has been gaining popularity ...
7 Reasons Why In-Store Shopping Will Never Die (6/1/2017)
Many have predicted the death of brick and mortar stores and the rise of e-commerce as online sales have progressively taken over a larger portion of total retail sales. However ...
Retailers Reinventing the Customer Experience (4/13/2017)
As online shopping becomes more efficient and evermore convenient, shoppers will find less reason to visit a brick and mortar establishment unless retailers find a way to get them in the door.
A City’s Guide to 2017 Retail Real Estate Trends (2/9/2017)
If your community is trying to attract new retail development or retain existing retailers, it’s important to understand the challenges and opportunities facing these businesses ...
Understanding the 3 Primary Site Selection Model Types (1/12/2017)
If you’ve ever considered purchasing a real estate site selection model, you know that the industry is filled with unfamiliar terms. Researching the various solutions can feel daunting, but fortunately ...
Big Box Retail Trends: 3 Tips for Success (10/13/2016)
It’s been a tough decade for big box retailers. Mass merchants and online retailers have driven down prices, putting pressure on margins. Consumers emerged from the recession with a different ...
How Spatial Data Can Turn Good Ideas into Growing Brands (6/16/2016)
It’s 5:15 p.m. on a Tuesday when Sally Owens is driving seven-year-old Pete home from soccer practice. He’s hungry, she needs a new phone charger and dad’s at home waiting on a box of nails so he can fix stuff. She takes a right and pulls into a spot in the shopping center parking ...
What is Customer Profiling? A 5 Step Beginner’s Guide (5/19/2016)
One of the most important parts of any business is understanding who your customer is. Customer profiles are “customer types,” which are created to represent the typical users of a product or service, and are used to help make customer-focused decisions without ...
Realize Your Potential as a Franchise (5/5/2016)
You have seen your franchise grow and your experience as a franchisor has come from years of hard work to perfect your brand and your products. You have made sure your product represents who you are as franchise. Your brand brings in the customers, and customers identify themselves as loyal consumers. Now comes the question of the next step.
What Exactly is Predictive Analytics? (4/21/2016)
The term “predictive analytics” is one that is used often in business today. But if you ask the average professional to define it, you will likely receive a half-mumbled response about ...
Radical Transparency: The Key to Retail Success? (3/24/2016)
The age-old adage “put your best foot forward” is an antiquated idea for many retailers. Spurred by the increased influence of social media, many companies have decided that sharing the good, bad, and ugly aspects of business is the most tactical marketing route to take. This approach, also known as “radical transparency,” is a commitment to openly discuss company flaws, missteps, and organizational processes with existing and potential customers.
How to Set Your Franchisees Up for Success (3/4/2016)
It’s a competitive market for franchisees, who compete not only for customers, but also for internal resources and attention from their franchisor.
Franchisees know that they have a higher likelihood of failing if they are poorly managed and neglected by their franchisor – which is harmful not only for the franchisee, but also for the overall brand in a market.
Help Your Franchise G.R.O.W. (2/18/2016)
It’s a competitive market for franchisors today with large franchise groups experiencing periods of stagnation or even decline. However, there are small franchise groups that are coming of age ...
The Key to Navigating the Franchise Site Selection Process (2/4/2016)
Today’s retail landscape is littered with failed concepts that believed if they built it, customers would come, but the most important factor in the site selection process is not finding the right real estate – it’s finding the right customers.
If there aren’t enough customers to generate ...
The Secret to Opening a Homerun Franchise Location (1/21/2016)
Opening a successful franchise location is always the goal for retail and restaurant franchisors, but sadly, that goal is often missed.
The number one reason a franchise fails or a site performs poorly is because of its location – which ultimately is the direct result of poor ...
8 Pitfalls of Retail Real Estate Investment (1/7/2016)
Even though the retail real estate landscape is rapidly changing, the simple truth is that the market is incredibly active and bidding is as competitive as ever.
When this happens, investors – especially those new to the game – tend to haphazardly buy assets and/or overpay.
Top 10 Markets for Retail Investment (12/24/2015)
With continued interest in the retail sector, investors and developers are looking for the markets that will provide the biggest returns.
To determine which markets offer the best opportunities, PwC and ULI conducted a survey that took into account buy/hold/sell recommendations from thousands of commercial ...
The Top Growth Markets for Restaurant Expansion (12/10/2015)
With growth in the restaurant industry concentrated among fast casual chains, this segment remains the industry darling.
In order to stay competitive and relevant, casual dining operators and quick service restaurants are attempting to transform themselves through ...