Consumers Still ♥ Brick-and-Mortar

Valentine’s Day has come and gone—and it was retailers who were feeling the love this year. According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), early sales projections leading into the holiday were estimated to reach a near record of $19.6 billion, an increase from $18.2 billion last year. U.S. consumers individually were expected to spend an average …

President’s Message: The Death Knell of Retail Real Estate Is Exaggerated

I am sure you have all read attention-grabbing news headlines such as these and share the same concerns regarding the future of retail real estate. In this new era of constant access to millions of digital media streams, dramatic headlines cut through the clutter and generate more attention. Drama sells. But despite all the negativity …

Debunking E-Commerce Myths

We’ve recently heard of fake news stories, hoaxes, and fabricated plots that have permeated headlines lately—and, unfortunately, the negative consequences that some have caused. One such fictitious headline that’s running rampant is “the death of the shopping mall” and countless more tales of online sales putting brick-and-mortar stores out of business. But the reality is …