Luxury @ Amazon

Amazon’s long-awaited ‘Luxury Stores’ launched this week for Prime members in an invite-only, exclusive to the app format. The first brand to partner with Amazon was Oscar De La Renta, and the collection supposedly includes ready-to-wear, accessories, bags, jewelry, and perfume from the F/W collection. There’s a lot to unpack here. I obviously did notContinue reading “Luxury @ Amazon”

A New Hope – Ikea’s mall in San Francisco

Background: Chain Store Age reported that a new mall will be opening on Market Street in San Francisco, owned by Ingka Centers (an Ikea unit that owns and operates 48 malls throughout Europe and Asia-via CSA). The 375,000 sq/ft. property will be Ingka’s first development in the U.S., and its second mixed-use development, as theContinue reading “A New Hope – Ikea’s mall in San Francisco”

Yeezy Gap could be the change agent that Gap needs

Unless you pay zero attention to retail news, you heard about Kanye’s announced 10-year partnership with Gap to introduce a new line of modern basics for men, women, and children for under $100/piece. Try to forget what you know, because I think that Yeezy Gap will revolutionize the Gap as we know it. Investors seemContinue reading “Yeezy Gap could be the change agent that Gap needs”

Facebook Shops: driving social commerce usage across generations

This week, Mark Zuckerberg himself addressed Facebook’s plans to move forward with and really commit to commerce on its platform. With the introduction of “Facebook (and Instagram, soon) Shops,” users will now “be able to browse and buy products directly from a business’ Facebook  Page or Instagram profile” (TechCrunch). We all know that Facebook already has itsContinue reading “Facebook Shops: driving social commerce usage across generations”

Is the airport the new mall?

I got an email this morning from Coresight research that had an intriguing headline; “Global Tourism: Improved Infrastructure and Enhanced Shopping Experiences Are Driving Airport Retail Sales.” I couldn’t actually read the report because of not wanting to pay for a membership, but it got me thinking about my recent travels and helped me compileContinue reading “Is the airport the new mall?”

Gap, you make me sad

The other day I visited a Gap store while on my break from work with the hopes of trying on a new pair of jeans that Gap launched so that I could find the right size. While the jeans were fantastic and I ended up ordering them online, I was so disappointed by the physicalContinue reading “Gap, you make me sad”

Will Black Friday always be the same?

With Black Friday/Cyber Monday week finally over, I figured it would be a good time to share my thoughts regarding Black Friday/Cyber Monday week now that retail has shifted entirely to preparing for the upcoming December holidays. I’ve never been one to go hard on Black Friday, and I’ve never actually gone shopping on aContinue reading “Will Black Friday always be the same?”