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How Mixed-Use Developers Save Money on Container Parks

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They use similar designs for different tenants. A common mistake in the construction process is that design requirements aren’t considered independently, but rather as one piece of the entire build. When we talk about costs, we break them down into fixed costs and variable costs. Fixed costs are the costs you pay regardless of how […]

Did Facebook Just Save Virtual Reality?

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If you haven’t noticed it yet, you will soon. Facebook has just released 3D image capabilities to all users. The feature adds a layer of depth to photos as you scroll through your newsfeed. The company has proposed 3D photos as a new way to share your memories with a fun, lifelike dimension. In essence, the photos change perspective in response to your movements, […]

Three Ways Shipping Containers Add Value to Commercial Real Estate

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If you’ve seen our work with Sparkman Wharf, you’ve already seen the incredible impact that shipping containers can have on a real estate developer’s portfolio. Not only are these structures delivered faster than traditional construction methods and built to be mobile, but they also help you add and build value in your portfolio. We propose […]

How to Plan a Shipping Container Pop-Up

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Let’s start with the basics: What is a pop-up?   Pop-ups may be the most versatile and approachable means for retail businesses to test their ideas and grow their following. To the world, pop-ups mean one thing: temporary. How that limited-time opportunity takes shape is a little more flexible. Some pop-up shops happen in vacant […]

What Should Developers Know About Vitality in Urban Design?

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When we think about the precipice of community gathering, we conjure up images of ancient agoras and mid-century bazaars. These iconic city-centers are where people gathered before chatrooms, where they shopped before e-commerce, and where they told stories before social media. These were the center of life. And ever since these community cornerstones crumbled away […]

Food Brands Need Experiential Sampling. Here’s Why:

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This post was originally published on 12/13/2016. Due to its popularity, it was updated with new information on 6/20/2018. Food brands all face the same challenge. Without sampling, it’s nearly impossible to convince someone to become a reoccurring customer. When asked by Sampling Advisors, “What would induce you to try a new product or brand?”, […]

Can High School Psychology Teach You About Experiential Retail?

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What is Experiential Retail? Experiential Retail is a strategy used in the retail landscape to increase engagement, interest, and traffic in physical retail locations. It provides an opportunity for brands to connect in one-on-one interactions with their customers. Theoretically, these interactions happen in an environment where happy and powerful memories are being made. While the […]

4 Benefits Of Shipping Container Pop Up Retail Space

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This post was originally published on 7/8/2013. Due to its popularity, it was updated with new information on 4/3/2018.   Nike designed a repurposed shipping container (pictured above) to reach its lacrosse market, making 38 stops in 52 days across the U.S. Pop up retail has become trendy. Retailers aren’t waiting for customers to find them […]

How are Modified Shipping Containers Priced?

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This post was originally published on 8/24/2014. Due to its popularity, it was updated with new information on 3/14/2018. If you’ve found this blog, chances are you’re researching the process for buying a modified shipping container. This isn’t the first article you’ve read about shipping container architecture (or maybe it is), so you probably already […]

The Surprising Way Shipping Containers Could Improve Your Amazon Experience

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There’s something big happening in the trucking and logistics industry. Drivers, the group of people responsible for nearly all of on-ground shipping and delivery are about to become much less productive. Today, our Logistics Director spoke to the whole team about the legal changes made by the DMV and how they will affect the shipping […]