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Back to Basics: Re-purposing Shipping Containers

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Shipping containers, also known as intermodal containers, are large metal boxes made to house goods as they are transported by land or by water. They commonly come in lengths of 20 feet or 40 feet but there are containers as short as 8 feet or as long as 56 feet. A typical container measures 8 […]

4 Trends Impacting Global Food Industry

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Restaurants are an ever-evolving business. As you grow and change, you may find that you’ll need to adjust your menu, layout, brand, or business practices to stay at the top of your game. Tides started shifting for many industries earlier this year, and food service is no exception. What trends are moving the needle in […]

Lessons Learned from April’s Caribbean Garbage Fyre

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In a legal complaint obtained by Rolling Stone, the suit claims that “this outrageous failure to prepare, coupled with Defendants’ deliberate falsehoods in promoting the island ‘experience,’ demonstrates that the Fyre Festival was nothing more than a get-rich-quick scam from the very beginning.” The festival’s lack of adequate food, water, shelter, and medical care created […]

Foodies Listen When Restaurants Take a Position

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Commonly referred to as manifesto marketing, the idea that businesses should hold rigid beliefs and take a stance on issues was notably introduced by Simon Sinek. He believes that people don’t buy what you sell. They buy why and how you sell it. The goal is to attract a group of like-minded customers that develop […]

Attributing Large Footprints to Brick-and-Mortar’s Massive Decline

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  Though small sales numbers are a natural part of the pattern, retailers can’t rest on their (admittedly wilting) laurels and continue to move forward in the same passive, cyclical models. Nearly 5,000 stores have announced closures, and more are sure to come. Sales are slipping from the tight grip of brick & mortar, and […]

Should Banks Branch Out?

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Digital platforms are striking heated debate in financial organizations. Will traditional branches go the way of the dinosaur? Experts are calling for an “abrupt and sudden death” of bank branches, as we know them, and predicting smaller footprints, fewer tellers and a rise in digital-branch integration. What does that mean for your bank or credit […]

The Beauty Industry is Doing Something Right

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The beauty industry is high-tailing it out of department stores. Can we blame them? Many established beauty brands built their market through department stores and concessions. As trends in social media and retail push people (mostly women) to be more beauty and health conscious, they’re willing to spend more. Much more. About $675 billion by […]

How to Make your Pop-Up Happen

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Pop-up retail is crowned as an easy, affordable solution for retailers and entrepreneurs looking for an authentic customer experience, testing and introducing products to new markets, and utilizing the short-term marketing opportunity to generate buzz. When you’re planning for your pop-up it’s natural to start with the fun stuff. What kind of unique experience will […]

A Business Case for Shipping Containers in Land Development

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Developing real estate is vital to the infrastructure and economic development of growing cities. Developers are not only responsible for creating the physical space for commercial or residential use, but also managing lease holders, tenants, and creating an attractive area that draws commerce. While the formula for success hasn’t changed in a while, the growing […]

5 Ways to Use Shipping Containers for Food Service

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Shipping container kitchens are right on trend this year. That means a couple things: more people are interested in opening their first container restaurant, and many of those people will be shocked when they find out the level of thought required for the design. The first step to ensure that you’re making the most out […]