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A Changing Retail Streetscape: Rethinking Shopping Center Parking Lots
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogA recurring theme of this blog is that e-commerce, mobile devices, and evolving technology are changing the retail landscape. It seems that technology shifts are also poised to change the retail streetscape. More particularly, changes to the design and use of retail parking lots seems inevitable, and a significant opportunity, as shopper habits and preferences...

Gearing Up for MAPIC 2017
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogOur Retail Group is once again getting ready for the annual MAPIC Conference (le marché international professionnel de l’implantation commerciale et de la distribution)! For the 7th year in a row, our team is traveling to Cannes, France for the largest annual gathering of European retailers, brokers and developers.  MAPIC is one of the leading...

Retailers to the Rescue
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogHurricane Harvey has traumatized southeastern Texas. With unprecedented rainfall, there are many people who need urgent help. The competitive retail market can be difficult and wonderful all at the same time. We see (time and time again) that when human needs emerge, retailers are often among the first to lend a desperately needed hand. Within...

Happy Labor Day!
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogWe would like to take a moment to reflect on Labor Day and to honor the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. On behalf of the editorial board of the Retail Law Advisor and all of us at Goulston & Storrs, we wish you an enjoyable and safe...

America’s Next Top (Business) Model? Evaluating Fashion’s Big Experiment
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogLast year, scores of top fashion designers defied convention by abandoning traditional shipping schedules, which favored delivering collections four to six months after they appeared on Fashion Week runways, and moved instead to a system allowing designers the ability to give the “insta-generation” instant retail gratification. Faced with the challenges to the traditional Fashion Week...

Retail Hybrids: Following Trends in Cars, Sports and Food
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogHybrids of many sorts have been trending in countless industries throughout the years and show no sign of fading away anytime soon.  Toyota announced that it sold its 10 millionth hybrid car this year, twenty years after launching its first Prius. Prior to this year’s NBA Final, the New York Times described four time NBA...

Artificial Intelligence in Brick and Mortar Retail
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogHeadlines about brick and mortar retail tend to be dominated by how these establishments are in decline while online retail is burgeoning. Fortunately for brick and mortar retailers, their demise is not preordained since tools from the online retail universe may also help them succeed. One such tool is artificial intelligence (AI), which is expected...

A Nation of Shopkeepers
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogDavid Rabinowitz and Matt Epstein who, with Nancy Davids, co-chair Goulston’s Retail, Restaurant and Consumer Group, spent some time in London last month surveying the retail landscape. There are both similarities and differences between the US and UK markets. Of course, the impact of ecommerce on bricks and mortar is top of mind. It doesn’t seem...

ICSC Deal Making Conference Explores the Changing Retail Industry
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogThe ICSC New England Conference & Deal Making was held from July 18 through July 20, 2017 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. Registered attendance at the Conference was strong again this year, with over 1,200 people registered for the show. The sessions on the opening day of the show included a program on public/private...

E-commerce Is Changing the Definition of Retail Employment
Practice: Retail, Restaurant & Consumer
BlogThe retail landscape is in the midst of a mind-boggling – and fast-moving – evolution.  In a short amount of time, Americans have radically changed how they shop for things, utilizing multiple channels of shopping to meet their needs.  80% of Americans are now shopping online, and they utilize e-commerce for a wide range of...
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