Retail Category Archive

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 […]

5 Charlotte Businesses Creating A Remarkable Experience  

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It’s corny, but we get really excited about space.   There’s something so compelling about walking into a quaint little store and being immersed in the emotional and artistic value of the company right as you enter.   We want to know what about these businesses makes them thrive the way they do, so we came up with a list of Charlotte businesses who excel […]

Top 7 Shipping Container Business Ideas for 2018

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Coffee Shop: With business opportunities from roasting all the way through serving drinks, the coffee and tea industry is an ideal environment for entrepreneurs to get their start. Containers are particularly useful to house coffee shops for their easy-customization and speed to market. However, we find that our clients are most enamored by their easy mobility. With […]

The Business Case for Containers in Temporary Retail

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Retail is undergoing a transformation. Containers offer unprecedented value in the industry! Speed to Market Fast is our comfort zone. Permanent, stick-built construction can’t even touch our times. Their pace is no surprise when you consider the time wasted for change orders, weather, theft, and sluggish workplace. But even in the event world, where quick […]

Are You Really a “Pop-Up” Kind of Brand?

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Pop-up shops are going to be flooding our streets, malls, and recently vacated retail spaces in the next few weeks. Small boutiques and online establishments are traditionally the proprietors of these mobile vendor booths. This year, however, larger brands with bigger goals are taking notice. But there’s one problem. What does your mind conjure up […]

Apple Bets on Third Placemaking

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During Apple’s annual iPhone launch event this week, in addition to stunning promo videos and an introduction to their brand-new headquarters, the company also announced their intention to overhaul their retail design and rename hundreds of stores “Town Squares.” “We don’t call them stores anymore, we call them town squares,” said Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior […]

What Should You Know About Third Placemaking?

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This story begins like any other, with an evil machine that has gained consciousness and seeks to destroy humanity as we know it. Only the machine isn’t a big, scary, Arnold-shaped android, but rather an algorithm that changes the way we make purchases. This tech isn’t inherently evil or dangerous, but it does give people […]

Bodega: Intentional Design

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Innovation isn’t about a single life-changing idea. Sometimes it’s more about piecing together the parts of your craft or business that work well, in a totally new and different way. As our New Product Development team continues to develop the Kinetic Series, we rely on intentional design to make these structures the most useful, beautiful, […]

4 Simple Marketing Lessons for Startup Businesses

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These days, start-ups are trending for good reason. The fun, entrepreneurial environments get people excited, but creating a new business can feel daunting without a vision or direction for the future. There are a lot of moving pieces, and the path to success is a sky-high tightrope walk. Here are a few lessons start-up businesses […]

Smashing Your Fears of Sizing Down

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Right now, small store retailers are still relatively incipient. At Wal-Mart, supercenters outnumber their smaller neighborhood markets 5 to 1. And Target’s small store representation is just 2 percent of its overall base. Numbers like these may initially deter retailers from sizing down, but we have no doubt the small store will play a crucial […]