After years of flirting with the idea of opening a physical store, Google announced its first-ever permanent retail location last month. Today, June 17, is the official grand opening, and Google celebrated with a blog post detailing what the store is like. Officially, this is "The Google Store Chelsea," and it lives in New York City on 15th and 9th, aka the Chelsea Market building, aka the headquarters of Google's New York City campus. Unlike the stark white Apple Stores that Google is chasing after, the Google Store has a natural look, with warm wood walls and furniture. Whimsical bendy rods shoot out of the floor and decorate the store, looking like a giant version of a bead maze from a pediatrician's office. The store was designed by Ivy Ross, Google’s VP of hardware design. Further Reading Google announces its first-ever physical retail store What can you buy in a Google Store? It's essentially an offline version of store.google.com . That means it will … [Read more...] about Here’s what’s inside Google’s first-ever retail store
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advertisement advertisement advertisement Twenty-two years into its existence, Google is finally launching its first brick-and-mortar store tomorrow morning. advertisement advertisement Housed on the ground floor of Google’s New York headquarters in Chelsea, the store will be a place to explore and purchase Google’s hardware, including Pixel phones and Nest devices, as well as bring products in for repair. But it will also be a lot more than that, according to Ivy Ross, Google’s VP of hardware design, UX and research, who also served as the creative director of the Google Store. It will be a place for consumers to immerse themselves in Google’s universe and understand how the company sees its technology fitting into our lives. “This space is designed to be a physical expression of what Google stands for,” Ross says. The space ends up feeling more like an interactive museum or an exploratorium than a retail store. There’s a … [Read more...] about Google’s first retail store is the anti-Apple
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Shares in Britain’s biggest bicycle-to-motoring retailer Halfords reached a six-year high today as the company’s 12-months results showed how the shift to cycling during the pandemic has driven a mighty sales surge. In a volatile and unpredictable year of trading to April 2, Halfords’ retail revenue rose by 9% (14.6% like-for-like) to just over £1 billion ($1.45 billion). Within that, the big driver was cycling products, up 54%, while the company’s performance cycling business—called Tredz—did even better with 66% growth. By comparison, the retail motoring segment was down 12% (like-for-like) as car journeys fell by a quarter thanks to a series of lockdowns and people working from home. However, with demand for bikes outstripping supply there is a strong possibility that in coming months sales could taper off. In a statement, Halfords said: “Supply challenges for cycling products remain acute, and a return to normal trading … [Read more...] about Biking Boom Boosts Retail Sales, But How Long Can It Last?
The group behind Australia's biggest franchise brands, including Brumby's Bakery, Michel's Patisserie, Gloria Jean's, Donut King and Crust Gourmet Pizza, has hosed down concerns it is in financial strife and could soon be forced to appoint administrators. Key points: Retail Food Group has defended its financial position, saying it is in dialogue with its lenders The company been accused of continually opening new outlets, some of which were unlikely to be viable, to profit from upfront fees A parliamentary inquiry said there had been a "lack of comprehensive, systemic and forensic investigations by the regulators" and wants them to now act But regulators, including Australia's corporate cop, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), have vowed to look into the issues identified in a parliamentary inquiry report that was scathing of the Retail Food Group (RFG) and called for an inter-agency investigation into the company and its financial … [Read more...] about Franchising giant Retail Food Group hoses down talk of imminent collapse
Lotus’s Malaysia is a new brand that comes out from the acquisition of Tesco Malaysia by Thailand-based multinational conglomerate, Charoen Pokphand Group Co Ltd (CP Group), last December. Through the acquisition, Lotus’s Malaysia now assumes Tesco’s existing operations which include employing over 8,600 employees across one head office, two distribution centres, and 62 stores throughout Peninsular Malaysia. The retailer launched its first flagship store in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur in March this year. Lotus’s Malaysia president Kenneth Chua said the group will expand its rebranding exercise to all of its stores starting this month. "Our target is to complete all of our stores by the end of this year and to continue investing in the country to open more stores in the future,” he said in a statement issued in conjunction with the launch of the flagship stores. He added that the retailer is also expanding its online shopping capacity based on the growing demand of its customers. … [Read more...] about Lotus’s Malaysia launches flagship stores in Penang, Johor