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Rethinking the Mall - Allison Arieff Blog - NYTimes.com

If you haven’t seen this piece by Allison Arieff and you're in the mall business, you should certainly be taking a look. Many of the things we’ve been talking about for years are things that people are just now exploring. The key take away is that the business model of the big mall needs to change, both from a back-end and a front end.

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Toys 'R' Us Expanding Kids Convenience Concept - Retail News.

by: David Polinchock

An interesting debate over at Retail Wire about this attempt by Toys R Us to increase the visitations by shoppers, who in this economy, may be cutting back on their toy purchases. Comments are mixed, with some people supporting the brand extensions and other people concerned that they are moving into low margin territories that are well covered by other retailers.

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Service Design Innovation Can Rejuvenate Many of Today's Mature Retail Businesses.

by: Idris Mootee

This is the toughest time for retailing since many decades. It is also a perfect storm for many retailers from department stores to chain stores to refocus and strengthen their core and rethinking positioning. Many department stores and fashion chains have been operating without a real strategy for a long time, many turned themselves into landlords.

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G4H 2008: XRtainment Zone - Beyond Serious Games For Workouts

by: Eliane Alhadeff

Dr. Ernie Medina and his partners launched their first XRtainment Zone in California last year. The mission of XRtainment Zone is to provide families and kids of all ages a fitness club of their own "where working out is all play."

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The Strange Birth of the Banana Box Retailer

by: Dominic Basulto

During times of both economic boom and bust, business innovation tends to flourish. During a boom, flush pockets and rosy visions of the future lead to generous spending on innovation projects. During a bust, the need to hunker down and deal with everyday business reality leads companies to innovative solutions.

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one company, ten brands: lessons from retail for tech companies

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Does Your Retail Have a Soul?

by: David Polinchock

I know, you're thinking that it's a dumb question relating to a whole
bunch of mumbo jumbo, new age stuff, but let me explain. On the Friday
after Christmas, Sarah DaVanzo & I spent the day walking through
all of the shops along Madison Avenue, starting at about 59th Street.
We visited all of the high-end, luxury stores for about 20 blocks and

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Serious Games Bring the Mall to Web Browsers

by: Eliane Alhadeff

A web based virtual shopping mall launched in New Zealand, allows users to navigate a three dimensional space to browse and buy products, bringing what the company says is the same shopping experience as in the real world. http://www.themallplus.com/ is not a portal that redirects consumers to third party websites, instead creating an online virtual shopping mall.

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Screenshots: Kinset 3D Shopping Browser

by: Ilya Vedrashko

Kinset is a new company that builds
virtual 3D storefronts for online and multi-channel retailers. The
storefronts can be viewed with a special browser that comes in a rather
small download. One of the potential applications for the service is a
virtual environment that can be used to test real-world store layouts,
and this video shows how these storefronts are generated and populated with merchandise.

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Sony's Virtual World Brand-Friendly

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