Our Brand Experience Studio recently curated a collection of stores that identify emerging global retail trends, referencing benchmark projects conceived at the intersection of visionary and ambitious thinking. The examples explore innovative and award-winning approaches, technologies and materials that make up todays retail environments and we invite you to view the presentation online. Before you do, a little background and some highlights on the Retail Design Institute’s 45th International Store Design Competition & Gala celebrating those influencing our Industry …
On March 12th 2016, the Retail Design Institute presented the winners of its 45th Annual International Store Design Competition in Dallas. More than 125 projects from 24 countries competed in 21 categories reflecting both hard line and soft line retail in formats ranging from department, specialty, supermarket and mass merchant to pop-up and common area. First place winners were then considered for Store of the Year honors. Photo Gallery.
It’s a great honor for me to serve this 55 year old organization as International President. For decades our members have served the industry by donating their time and resources to network, share ideas, promote and shape the future of our profession. While a ‘not-for-profit’ – the Institute is an incredibly rich, valuable resource of talent and thought leadership. So I consider it a privilege to acknowledge the success of our peers at this Annual fund-raising Gala. Little are a great advocate for the Industry and the Institute are grateful for their continued sponsorship for 2016-2017 which has helped raise funds for several important initiatives, not least of which is our Student Store Design Competition encouraging new talent into the Industry.
Merit & Innovations Awards
Several projects were recognized with a Merit or with an Innovations Award. The #Inutilius Retailer (meaning: useless) is one of the most interesting experiences you could hope to stumble upon right now, providing an inspirational break-away from some of the more traditional entries. The customer enters an open, unmanned store, chooses an item of clothing and after pulling a 1929 blank slot machine, a door opens inviting them into the lounge where they can relax – while creating a new item of clothing that they will leave for future customers to browse.
The biggest challenge for Adrian Wilson (photographer & founder) has apparently been explaining the concept to those who have not experienced it. It’s a disruptive, engaging project of passion for Adrian – giving back to the Industry with a creative concept that seems to be New York’s best kept secret – for now!
Store of the Year
This year’s Store of the Year is a true reflection of the speed at which the industry is changing and shows how dynamic the physical store is becoming – as physical and digital experiences work with one another to create truly unique spaces for the products or services they showcase.
We presented the award to ShopWithMe, a futuristic-looking smart store concept at Pioneer Plaza, Chicago. This progressive project has aimed to address many of the current issues facing retailers – how to remain fluid and respond to the changing dynamics of retail and our customers, how to learn from them by capturing data and analytics, how to integrate technology within the store without it dominating the architecture or the human aspect of the experience, responding to the shopper’s demands for personalization and brand relevancy – and addressing issues of sustainability …through providing more responsible retail solutions.
ShopWithMe brings the best of offline and online shopping together under one roof, and creates personalized experiences for every shopper. The space is completely mobile. It is designed to be mass-produced so it can be deployed by retailers across the United States. Specialty retailers Toms Shoes and Raven + Lily were featured in the Chicago store.
Hot on the heels of the awards Gala we presented the Retail Design Institute’s 2016 Trendcast at the SPECS Show – featuring several projects from the awards with ideas we identified in January at the NRF Show in New York.
We will continue sharing this material across the Industry at International conferences throughout the year including ICSC RECon Latin America (Cancun), the Finnish Commerce Federation’s No Channels Conference (Helsinki), the InRetail Summit (Dubai) and the Omni Channel Retailing Conference (Hong Kong). You can view a copy of the presentation that Little created on Slideshare.
We hope you find it as inspiring as us!