How Retail Is Evolving In An On-Demand Economy – Forbes

How Retail Is Evolving In An On-Demand Economy

It’s been widely discussed that Amazon plans to enter the brick-and-mortar retail game. This is ironic because it is Amazon that put many brick-and-mortar retailers out of business in the first place. Circuit City, Borders and Blockbuster all succumbed to the dynamics of e-commerce and companies like Barnes & Noble NE +0.99%, Sears and K-Mart aren’t too far behind. Big box retailers carry fewer product lines and holding inventory presents significant risks. Consider that in the last four years, cumulative sales of brick-and-mortar retailers shrank by $30 billion and as Jeff Jordan rightly points out, “these trends are only accelerating.”


In the past, brands would have to fight for shelf space and customer access and that gave power to the larger retailers. Today, anyone with a product and a website can build their own sales channel and that is creating enormous shareholder value for the digital players. This creates a new set of challenges for brands and retailers.


On one hand, building an online-only business has cost and distribution advantages. There is no need to invest in large amounts of inventory and you aren’t subjected to retailer buying terms or expensive overhead for rent. This is a large reason why companies like Bonobos and Warby Parker experienced success early on and why many brands looked to copy the online-only model.

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How Retail Is Evolving In An On-Demand Economy – Forbes.

Jamie Hubbard Cabinet & Plane Maker

Take a look at this amazing artisan, his work is superb.


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Jamie Hubbard Cabinet & Plane Maker.

Whats in-store for Retail Design in 2014? | H Squared

The end of January sales is the time when stores consider their retail design for the New Year ahead. Once all of the seasonal displays have been cleared away and the new stock has arrived, retailers have the chance to maintain their good reputation with their customers and prove they are up to date with what the public want to see. Changing retail design frequently keeps the store fresh and exciting to customers. Read on as we take a look at some of the emerging trends in retail design and predict the future of the high street.

The Industrial Look

The industrial look for retail design has been prominent throughout London for the last year. This year, we expect to see more of this raw, unfinished aesthetic outside of the capital and on the high street. Characterised by exposed steel beams and concrete pillars, this ‘undone’ look can transform your store from a generic high street shop to a sleek urban space. Without and brightly coloured plastic and lots of MDF, your store’s merchandise really stands out. The key is to aim for a downtown Brooklyn loft rather than an abandoned warehouse. This back to basics idea is an affordable option rather than buying expensive new shop fittings, the existing ones can be stripped away for an authentic industrial look.

Interactive Retail Technology

Since the Smartphone has increased in popularity, there has been a significant rise in the number of apps available to make shopping a more enjoyable, personalised experience. Retailers heave realised that if they can connect with their potential customers individually, they are able to build a trusting bond with them quickly, likely to result in those all-important sales. Smartphone apps that allow customers to choose their preferences mean they only shown products they are interested in and will have no trouble finding what they want to buy. If it is too difficult to find an item in store, there is the threat that the customer will be lost to the competition. By providing customers with a tool to share promotions and offers, retailers can give an incentive for members of the public to choose to shop with them.

Online Retailers Move Onto the High Street

In recent years, there has been a constant battle between the high street and online stores. While many people swear by real, physical shops there are others who have discovered the convenience of shopping from the comfort of their own home. That being said, retailers who solely sell online have realised they are missing out on a wealth of potential customers and have made the move onto the high street to attract the masses. Temporary shopping solutions such as pop-up shops in busy areas allow online retailers to connect with members of the public who may not have previously known about them, therefore attracting a whole new base of interested customers. During such events, businesses have the opportunity to convince this new group of customers to shop online from them in future. We expect 2014 will see a rise in the number of online retailers on the high street this year. If you are an online retailer, consider venturing onto the high street this year to attract an array of new customers who may not know you exist!

As is the case every year, there are lots of new emerging trends in retail design. It seems the future of the high street is set to be more digital than ever! H Squared are an award winning retail design agency and specialists in digital retail design and interactive touch screen displays. We understand the constant changes in the retail world and what customers want from your store. Get in touch with us today and we can help transform your business into a store of the future.

Truth Coffee – Capetown

Following our post on the emerging Steampunk trend, here is a great example of how this trend has inspired the design of a fabulous new coffee shop in  Capetown.

Who We Are!

First and foremost we are artisan coffee roasters. We roast coffee properly.

What We Do.

We select exquisite micro lots of green coffees. We then roast each one individually, to it’s optimum on a vintage cast iron drum probat with modern electronics. We then blend the single origins produced for each purpose.

 Here’s Why:

We want to make coffee in the cup deliver upon the promise made by the aroma of freshly ground coffee.

36 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town

The musket room – Alexander Waterworth Interiors

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The Musket Room brings the spirit of New Zealand and the country’s diverse cuisine to Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood. Chef and owner Matt Lambert, a New Zealand native, created a menu that charts the evolution of New Zealand cuisine, from the country’s Old World traditions and Asian influences to its modern day dedication to local and seasonal offerings.

Walking into The Musket Room, guests are greeted by a striking 20-foot walnut timber bar. The Barrel Room, located beyond the front room, offers views of a lush backyard garden. Alexander Waterworth Interiors (Hibiscus in London) incorporated rustic and contemporary design elements throughout the restaurant, such as lime-washed exposed brick and mid-century modern brass chandeliers. – Free Online Calendars

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Steampunk – Birth of a trend

Steampunk has been around for many years and has grown and grown but 2014 to 2015 is supposed to be the year that the craze will take off, first in fashion then lifestyle and interior design, will it follow into store interiors and windows?

So what is Steam Punk?

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Steampunk perhaps most recognizably features anachronistictechnologies or retro-futuristicinventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip PullmanScott WesterfeldStephen Hunt and China Miéville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-airairshipsanalog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage‘s Analytical Engine.

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We will be keeping a keen eye on this trend in 2014 and will blog as we see examples coming through.

Dear readers please keep an eye out and let us know what you see and lets share the growth of this trend.

Rag and Bone, Los Angeles – by greige



Yesterday while I was in LA I had a chance to visit the Rag and Bone store on Melrose… I love a well done shop!   Rag and Bone is set up in an older building with access from the front as well as either end.  The doors were fantastic and they added just enough industrial detail to the exterior to make, what I am assuming was a pretty odd building, look really cool.  (Glass block is not usually on my approved materials list but it works here).  All of the industrial furnishings were mixed with their logos and labels that made them part of the brand itself and I loved the mix of vintage and classic lighting.



Rag and Bone, Los Angeles
Women’s and Men’s
8533 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 245-4816
Store Hours:
10am-8pm Mon – Sat.
12pm-7pm Sun
images by christina for greige

greige: interior design ideas and inspiration for the transitional home : {shop design} Rag and Bone, Los Angeles.

Interiors UK – Visual Merchandising – Seminar by Lynda Murray

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Junk Deluxe – the whole spectrum of affordable modern design, from the modernist 1930’s to the exuberant 1980’s.

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Based in Margate, Kent, Junk Deluxe focuses on affordable modern design. Specialising in furniture and lighting, they stock items from the modernist 1930’s, right up to the exuberant, quality conscious 1980s, and anywhere excellent in between

Junk Deluxe is deeply hidden within another shop, on a residential street, so it’s best to come prepared with a map. Upon finding the shop, customers are usually surprised to discover a shop not filled with the usual mid century design clichés, but an array of unique and novel items that they have probably never seen before, and are unlikely to see again.

Benjamin and Hayley spend long hours sourcing their diverse items from far and wide, taking regular buying trips to scour the Continental lowlands, especially Belgium, Germany, and Holland. They also purchase stock from a variety of sources in the UK such as schools, churches, hospitals, and engineering plants. They work hard to stay ahead of trends, meaning they can satisfy all of your vintage whims at the best possible price.

Junk Deluxe – the whole spectrum of affordable modern design, from the modernist 1930’s to the exuberant 1980’s..


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