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Nov 30, 2017

Jean-Pierre "JP" Lacroix of Shikatani Lacroix Design shows how technology has blurred the lines between the physical and digital world, both in the store and in the retail design process.

  • The firm uses VR tools to do fast iterative design of retail environments and test them with customers.
  • A digital shoe display knows...


Nov 23, 2017

In a 2015 survey, retail workers were asked what was the craziest thing they saw during the holiday shopping season. The results were compiled in the report Retailers of America, We Thank You.

James Cook catches up with Carol O'Grady and Liz Ostrander to learn about how Minnesota's Rosedale Center is using an augmented...


Nov 15, 2017

Virtual Reality games may be on the cusp of explosive growth in the U.S. James Cook and Ebere Anokute visit VR World, a virtual realty theme park that's looking to expand to other U.S. urban destinations. 

Jessica Gray, Director of Marketing, explains the pricing concept, mission and  layout of VR World.

After James and...


Nov 10, 2017

Economist Ryan Severino is back to answer a new batch of burning economic questions. When should we expect the next recession? Are people living in their homes longer? If unemployment is low, why aren't wages growing more? If retail is so bad, why is Ryan waiting in such a long line at Starbucks?


Read Ryan's economic...


Oct 26, 2017

Victor Gruen is known as the father of the modern mall, yet he always considered his most famous design an incomplete creation.  James visits Rosedale Center in Minnesota to see how that mall, one of Gruen's original creations, is being updated for the modern shopper.

Taylor Coyne talks about how mall redevelopment in...