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May 1, 2014

Verizon Wireless has set itself an ambitious goal: to transform the in-store experience across its entire fleet of 1,700 company-owned stores.

In November, the company unveiled its “destination store” format, in Mall of America, Bloomington, Minn. More than about selling phones and other devices, the 9,000-sq.-ft. store is designed to help customers experience a more robust mobile life.

April 21, 2014

Back in October, I commemorated my six-month anniversary as technology editor of Chain Store Age with a column looking at how retail IT has been disrupted in recent years.

Back in October, I commemorated my six-month anniversary as technology editor of Chain Store Age with a column looking at how retail IT has been disrupted in recent years. Now that I have a full year under my belt, I thought it would be interesting to look at how customer expectations of retail IT have been disrupted in recent years (and don’t worry, there will be no 18-month anniversary piece). Three paradigm-shifting changes in how retailers must now engage with customers using technology stand out.

Every Man is an Island

March 25, 2014

I recently attended the 2014 SPECS (Store Planning, Equipment, Construction Services) conference in Grapevine, Texas, and came away with some fascinating food for thought. The event, which is produced by Chain Store Age, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

I recently attended the 2014 SPECS (Store Planning, Equipment, Construction Services) conference in Grapevine, Texas, and came away with some fascinating food for thought. The event, which is produced by Chain Store Age, celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

February 12, 2014

Chain Store Age Editor Marianne Wilson sits down with Mark Ledbetter, SAP's global VP of retail solutions strategy, who discusses the ever-changing consumer purchasing patterns and how retailers need to break down legacy silos in order to interact with their customers as a unified brand.

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January 24, 2014

Welcome to the new Customer Disruption newsletter from Chain Store Age.

Welcome to the new Customer Disruption newsletter from Chain Store Age. Every other Wednesday, we’ll bring you highlights of how retailers are using new technologies and solutions to navigate today’s radically altered landscape — one where mobile devices, social media, 24/7 connectivity and a blurring of channels have forever disrupted the notion of business as usual. We’ll show you how smart retailers are using those technologies to engage consumers in a more targeted and personalized way than ever before.

October 21, 2013

I have now been in my role as senior editor of Chain Store Age, specializing in retail IT coverage, for six months.

I have now been in my role as senior editor of Chain Store Age, specializing in retail IT coverage, for six months. Beyond being surprised at how quickly the past 180 days have gone by and grateful at how welcoming the industry has been to me, I also can’t help but be amazed at how much retail IT has changed since I was last actively involved in covering this field in 2006.

August 27, 2013

Small beginnings can lead to big things. That’s certainly true in the case of Pep Boys, which was founded in 1921 by four Navy buddies who pooled together $800 to open an auto parts store in Philadelphia. Today, with some 750 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico, the Philadelphia-based company is one of the nation’s leading auto supply and service providers.

June 27, 2013

Expansion was the talk of the aisles in the Las Vegas convention center, as the International Council of Shopping Centers hosted its annual RECon global real estate convention May 19-22.

"We never really had a downturn," said Stephen Gallant, VP facilities development with Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, in the Women's Special Interest Group presentation "Retail: The Next Wave."

"We opened an average of 50 stores a year during the recession, and are continuing to gather strength in the more recent months and years," he noted.

April 24, 2013

It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself to you as the new senior editor of Chain Store Age, focused on covering all the news, trends and happenings in the constantly changing world of retail IT.

It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself to you as the new senior editor of Chain Store Age, focused on covering all the news, trends and happenings in the constantly changing world of retail IT. Technology is evolving at a breakneck pace with major implications for retail. Emerging technology areas such as mobile, social and cloud are changing the very nature of customer experience, while the explosion of Big Data offers both a major challenge and opportunity for retailers that can successfully harness the immense of volume of information that is now available.

December 27, 2012

When it comes to mobile commerce and digital solutions, Sears Holdings has evolved into a best-in-class company, one that has truly embraced the cross-channel shopping experience. Seeking ways to make shopping more convenient for its customers, the chain was among the first to offer visibility to in-store inventory, as well as the ability to buy online and pick up in-store.

November 28, 2012

Chain Store Age editor Marianne Wilson talks with Michael Schulze, Senior Vice President & General Manager, North America Retail Industry, SAP America, about  the motivation behind the "Black Friday and Cyber Monday Consumer Face-Off," and the technology used to uncover its insights, in the following Q&A:

July 23, 2012

Sam Mukherjee, senior director, Fujitsu America, talks with Chain Store Age editor Marianne Wilson about why a social strategy is so important for retailers, offers tips for getting started and guidelines on how a retailer can differentiate themselves using a social platform.

There’s no doubt about it: Consumers of all ages are becoming increasingly “social,” and how retailers respond to the trend will be critical to their businesses going forward. Sam Mukherjee, senior director, Fujitsu America, talks with Chain Store Age editor Marianne Wilson about why a social strategy is so important for retailers, offers tips for getting started and guidelines on how a retailer can differentiate themselves using a social platform. 
 

March 14, 2012

CSA editor-in-chief Marianne Wilson and I go to great lengths to report new store openings on Chainstoreage.com. We pore through convoluted retail financial statements – sometimes twice daily – to uncover news that a chain has its sights set on even a little net new store growth for the year ahead.

Chain Store Age editor-in-chief Marianne Wilson and I go to great lengths to report new store openings on Chainstoreage.com. We pore through convoluted retail financial statements – sometimes twice daily – to uncover news that a chain has its sights set on even a little net new store growth for the year ahead.

I reported earlier today that Urban Outfitters, despite a challenging fourth quarter that saw profits cut nearly in half from the year before, was planning as many as 60 new stores in fiscal 2013.

October 6, 2011

Chain Store Age editor Marianne Wilson interviewed Stacy London, fashion stylist and co-host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” about London’s new role with Westfield shopping centers. The two discussed how the style icon is working with Westfield to up the excitement level and fashion relevance of mall retailers.

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September 27, 2011

Twitter and Facebook aren’t just for consumer networking anymore. 


With more and more retailers and shopping centers jumping on the social media bandwagon, Chain Store Age and Cleveland-based shopping center developer Forest City Enterprises surveyed CSA’s readership to find out where retailers are trending in terms of social media engagement and communication tools.


August 19, 2011

Katherine Field Boccaccio, Senior Editor with Chain Store Age, discusses the importance of and trends with grocery store anchor tenants on Michael Bull's America’s Commercial Real Estate Radio Show.

Each week, host Michael Bull of America’s Commercial Real Estate Radio Show interviews leading industry data providers to uncover the latest national market updates and best practices.

This week’s topic was Retail Tenant Strategies, and for his guest, Mr. Bull swung the mic over to our own Katherine Field Boccaccio, Senior Editor with Chain Store Age, to discuss the importance of and trends with grocery store anchor tenants. Click here to listen.

August 18, 2011

Katherine Field Boccaccio, Senior Editor with Chain Store Age, discusses the importance of, and trends with, grocery store anchor tenants on America’s Commercial Real Estate Radio Show.

Each week, host Michael Bull of America’s Commercial Real Estate Radio Show interviews leading industry data providers to uncover the latest national market updates and best practices.

This week’s topic was Retail Tenant Strategies, and for his guest, Mr. Bull swung the mic over to our own Katherine Field Boccaccio, Senior Editor with Chain Store Age, to discuss the importance of, and trends with, grocery store anchor tenants.

December 28, 2010

It’s a new year, and with it comes some optimism that the economy is finally starting to gain some traction.

 It’s a new year, and with it comes some optimism that the economy is finally starting to gain some traction. Indeed, in a survey released in December by Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of big U.S. companies, 45% of the executives said they expect their companies to add more workers in 2011. It’s the highest percentage of CEOs who have said they planned to add jobs since the survey began in late 2002. 


September 30, 2010

From its modest roots in lower Manhattan, Modell’s Sporting Goods has evolved into the...

August 31, 2010

Reducing energy use...

December 31, 2009

Chain Store Age editor Marianne Wilson spoke with Jensen about this rapidly evolving technology.  ...

Chain Store Age editor Marianne Wilson spoke with Jensen about this rapidly evolving technology. 

To date, what has been the primary use of LED lighting in retail stores? 

The primary applications of LED lighting have fallen in the areas of accent lighting and displays. Because LEDs provide the ability to mix colors and are a very directional light source, they have offered designers with options to create interesting display environments with a highly reliable light source that is virtually maintenance-free.

December 7, 2008

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the deadline for entries for Chain Store Age’s annual Retail...

July 31, 2008

Increasingly, chain retailers are looking to consolidate their real estate, facilities, operations and project-management...

March 31, 2008

C-level executives from retail, consumer-product, food and restaurant companies joined professionals from the financial-services...

December 31, 2007

Marianne Wilson and Gary Esposito have assumed additional leadership responsibilities for the editorial and...