Extreme Makeover – Retail Edition

If you know, you know. It’s a big deal to convert yesterday’s basic transactional store into a 21st century omni-optimized micro-fulfillment center. But in order to compete with the ultimate retailer that goes by the name of Amazon, retailers need to make big changes to stores themselves and the operations that makes them run like...

Competing for Brand Advocates

Of all the business concepts that made waves last year—sustainable packaging, experiential flagships, and check-out free stores, to name a few—nothing seemed to dominate the headlines (and start-up job postings) more than state-of-the-art workplaces. From WeWork coworking offices to Bark’s dog-centric spaces, employers’ quest to level-up their work environments has reached new heights. And for...

Writing the Prescription for Wellness in Healthcare

When we think about how we define “health,” increasing numbers of people are defining it well beyond “not being sick.” Our healthcare system, however, is built to treat us when we’re sick instead of keeping us well. Start-ups, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists recognized the missed opportunity, and consumers found the endless wealth of wellness knowledge....

NYC Retail Tour

No city does retail like New York City. And Frank Sinatra was right. If you can make it there, you likely can make it anywhere. We don’t think he was talking about retail when he belted the iconic tune, but just go with it. As a major proving ground for success, just about every type...

2020 Predictions

A new day. A new year. A new decade! What better way to start fresh than with a list of business predictions. We gathered several predictions directly from some of our guests on our podcast WDCast. In addition, we talked to several of our thought leaders here at WD Partners. What does the next year...

Restaurant of the Future – Part 2

In Restaurant of the Future – Part 1, we explored the industry pressures and environmental trends that are impacting today’s restaurant operators, and how future-forward brands are adapting to compete. We concluded with a recommendation outlining three principles that brands will need to nail in order to be successful in the future: Serve Up Solutions...