The New Year is well and truly in full swing with everyone now getting back into work and business. From the team at Storebest we wish you and yours a very happy New Years and hope 2019 is the year for you.
The retail design market is forever busy and just like with you, there’s much to catch up on. We thought we would kick off the New Year with some very exciting news from around the world.
Art director of Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh, has launched a psychedelic 12-storey installation at the corner of a Louis Vuitton store located on Fifth Avenue in New York.
Inspired by The Wizard of Oz, the holographic mannequin can only be seen in its entirety at a specific point of the road marked by Abloh himself.
The display pays homage to the brand’s men’s spring/summer 2019 collection. It is accompanied by a sculpture in the same style at Tokyo’s Harajuku Station.
According to news sources, Amazon is to expand its Whole Foods portfolio to compliment the tech giant’s two-hour delivery service. The purpose of this will be to provide a greater reach of the service to potential customers.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is currently considering retail space in parts of Idaho, southern Utah and Wyoming as part of the expansion.
It is envisaged Amazon will expand Prime Now grocery pick up services to all of its 475 Whole Foods stores.
This spring, Calvin Klein will close its Madison Avenue flagship store in New York as part of its restructuring plan.
A press statement by the fashion retailer reads:
“The 654 Madison Avenue store will be closing in spring 2019.”
“The company is evaluating options for future retail locations, and will also be unveiling new consumer experiences both online and offline.”
Calvin Klein’s 205W39NYC business will also receive a makeover, with a relaunch under a new name, following the departure of creative director Raf Simons.
London – Retailer Seven Dials will celebrate the 90th anniversary of Agatha Christie’s novel “The Seven Dials Mystery” on January 24th in recognition of the iconic work.
In line with this, a secret book trail will be be available for shoppers to participate in with 90 books up for grabs for free if you can discover the hiding spots.
Additionally, British artist Iona Rowland has created an exclusive public work which can be viewed on a billboard on Shorts Gardens. The artwork portrays the famous author in vivid colours and will eventually be auctioned off for a charity partner.
According to Giant Food Stores, the grocery “giant” plans to roll out autonomous robots “in waves” to all 172 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.
Over the following months visitors to these stores will be met with the sight of a googly eyed robot called Marty who “uses image capturing technology to report spills, debris and other potential hazards to store employees to improve your shopping experience”.
The company expects to have everything completed over the next six months.