Retail Bank trends 2021, inspiring branch design and digital brand innovation at Virgin Money.

Retail Bank trends 2021, inspiring branch design and digital brand innovation at Virgin Money.

During a visit to my recently refurbished local bank branch, I discovered a chic, contemporary and stylish interior with a sense of urban design which is shaping the physical setting for life in cities. Welcome to my local bank...
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Can compact retail format design provide an answer to hypermarket and supermarket profitability?

Can compact retail format design provide an answer to hypermarket and supermarket  profitability?

Consumers are shopping ever smarter and closer to home. In this context, has the hypermarket and large supermarket formats become irrelevant in certain locations?  Our perception is some other trends are impacting large format food...
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H&M fashion and homewares retail trends, merging digital and brick-and-mortar shopping

H&M fashion and homewares retail trends, merging digital and brick-and-mortar shopping

Eighteen months ago H&Ms Home concept store opened in Regent Street, London. The store has established its presence to become a favourite home furnishing, style and interiors destination venue. H&M management refers to the brand concept as...
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Electrical store design retail trends for 2021 – Media Markt stores

Electrical store design retail trends for 2021 – Media Markt stores

Here are several trends to consider when an electronic retailer wishes to reimage the store. The last Media Markt concept stores to open were in Eindhoven Netherlands and Wilrijk Belgium. These developments aimed to present the electroni...
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EmQuartier, Bangkok - an innovative shopping mall, retail branding and interior design

EmQuartier, Bangkok - an innovative shopping mall, retail branding and interior design

As part of a process of design discovery, we continually visit and benchmark the best in class shopping malls and branding innovations in major cities across the globe. On a recent visit to Thailand, we photographed the EmQuartier Mall i...
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A focus on fresh food at the convenience supermarket - Giant Heirloom Market, Philadelphia

A focus on fresh food at the convenience supermarket - Giant Heirloom Market, Philadelphia

In the centre of Philadelphia, USA, Ahold Delhaize the grocery retailer has opened the first outlet of its new city supermarket called Giant Heirloom Market. The new design concept is the result of twelve months of consumer research with loca...
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Shopping centre awards, innovation and cutting edge retail design - Adigeo, Verona, Italy

Shopping centre awards, innovation and cutting edge retail design - Adigeo, Verona, Italy

ECE’s Adigeo was awarded in the category “Best New Development” 2019 European Shopping Centre Awards. The format planning of the centre is based on the shape of the land forming a V shape.
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Convenience and flexibility in supermarket design at REWE, Germany

Convenience and flexibility in supermarket design at REWE, Germany

The supermarket sector has been somewhat static over the past couple of years, with little of the groundbreaking innovation since the beginning of the 2000s. So it is very refreshing to see REWE in Germany injecting some passion into sup...
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Supermarket design and innovation inside Hema and Loblaws, the rise of the in-store app

Supermarket design and innovation inside Hema and Loblaws, the rise of the in-store app

The supermarket sector has been somewhat static over the past ten years, with little of the groundbreaking innovation in the UK and in parts of Europe since the beginning of the 2000s. This is certainly the case in the UK. The...
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Pull&Bear store design and the future of fashion. Five new trends in retail.

Pull&Bear store design and the future of fashion. Five new trends in retail.

Pull&Bear, the youth fashion brand is shifting its demographic catchment from teens to generation Y, through marketing its Heritage range. It is one of the eight brands of the umbrella company Inditex. The Pull&Bear company operates&n...
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Why the bank branch of the future will look nothing like the bank of yesterday - Umpqua

Why the bank branch of the future will look nothing like the bank of yesterday - Umpqua

Walk into some bank branches today and you might think you wandered, by mistake, into a Capital One café where management has deliberately chosen to strip out tellers and cash handling facilities. Please see the image below.
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