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It’s Back to School for Walmart Managers Nationwide

# 1 Retailer is Betting on Staff Training to Lift In-Store Experience and Sales It’s the season when students of all ages head back to the classroom. But education today isn’t always limited by subject matter or by the calendar. Since February 2016, supervisors and managers of the world’s leading retailer have been heading to the classrooms o [...]

Amazon Rocks Retail Again with Announcement of Prime Wardrobe

Bricks & Mortars Must Step Up Their Game in New, Competitive Environment Within one week this June, Amazon made two stunning moves: the $13.7 billion purchase of Whole Foods Market and the announcement of its new Prime Wardrobe service. The latter sent share prices of Nordstrom and Macy’s tumbling and prompted the media to deliver more d [...]

Retailers Invite Store Traffic with Innovative Environments

Retail Real Estate Trend: Shopping Experiences Unmatched Online The battle for in-store traffic continues with retailers striving to lure shoppers away from their screens and into the aisles. Top retailers are leading the way with a shift in interior design that transforms the store from the transactional to the experiential. Their goal? To [...]

Levin Mid-Year Retail Sentiment Survey Shows Surge in Tech

Tenants Continue to Embrace New Ways to Reach and Service Customers Results of our annual June poll of the retailers in our 95-property, 13 million-square-foot portfolio are here. Formally known as the Mid-Year Retail Sentiment Survey, this research reveals positive action on the part of our tenants in terms of tech-centered marketing. Almos [...]

Indie Retailers and Social Media: Perfect Together?

Retail Trend Watchers Say Social Is Under-Utilized Despite Its Potential July is Independent Retailer Month, a time to salute those merchants across the country who account for half of the annual total retail sales in the US. If our economy is to stay robust, independent retailers of all sizes need to thrive. For the smaller players in this s [...]

The Mighty Dollars: A Bricks and Mortar Success Story

Retail Real Estate Trend: Will Good Times Be Bad for Bargain You might call them the mice that roared. They’re the dollar stores – now almost 30,000 nationwide and growing. These price point retailers not only weathered the economic recession but they triumphed, growing their annual sales by 50 percent from 2010-15, compared to the 17 percen [...]

Shopping Centers: Not What They Used to Be (But That’s Not a Bad Thing)

Tale of Survival and Adaptation Unfolding for Retail Tenants and Properties Your neighborhood shopping center isn’t what it used to be. While some say the Great Recession and the e-commerce phenomenon impacted the bricks-and-mortar landscape in a negative way, in reality, we are seeing an interesting – and encouraging – tale of endurance and [...]

Fast Casual Eateries are Giving Retail Real Estate a Healthy Boost

Retail Trend: Scramble for Small Restaurant Space Creates a Landlord’s Market Millennial diners want their quinoa bowls in a hurry and that’s good news for retail real estate companies. Fast casual restaurants – the popular source of healthy, affordable fare – are hungry for 1,500 to 3,000 square foot spaces in shopping venues nationwide. The [...]

Pop-Ups are Bringing Excitement to Brick and Mortar Retailing

No Longer Just a Retail Trend, but a Way to Build Traffic and Brands They began popping up in the bleak days of the last recession when shopping was dormant and retail vacancy rates reached 13 percent. Their focus was typically seasonal and their leases were temporary but they helped many a retail property manager survive the downturn. But th [...]

Twelve Trends Will Shape The Year in Retail

Ahead: Smaller Stores, Personalization, Experience, and Tech Everywhere Last month – January – is always “Predictions Month,” with pundits in every industry scanning the horizon for what’s ahead. We’ve reviewed most of the 2017 retail and retail real estate outlooks and wanted to share what we think is the best of the bunch. The comprehensive [...]