Last week we were in Las Vegas to attend ICSC RECon, which I have always considered a family reunion of retail. It’s a chance to visit with longtime friends and make a few new ones each year. It seemed to me that this year’s conference had a definite emphasis on the “customer experience.” Stores are shifting towards being a bit more customized, and where appropriate, adapting their format to fit smaller urban locations.
It would seem that
- Designers are driving innovation in the retail and restaurant space even more than in the past.
- Technology is taking a larger piece of the experience pie.
- Authenticity is paramount.
- Trends have roots at the neighborhood level before making it to chains.
Surroundings, and every part of the experience, matters for a better ROI.