The Macy’s Effect

Author Lee Peterson Executive Vice President, Brand, Strategy & Design WD Partners It was February 28, 2005. The day Terry Lundgren, CEO of Federated Department Stores, announced one of the largest deals in retail history: The merger of 491 May Department Stores with 450 locations operated by Federated. You could sum up the deal’s promise,...

Dark Restaurants: A Case Study in Innovation

This piece was written by Nicole Rupersburg and originally appeared on the RestaurantSpaces blog. What is the restaurant of the future going to look like? Right now, quite frankly, it’s impossible to say. What we know for certain is that, at least in the near-term, the restaurant of the immediate future is going to look...

We Believe in Showroom Stores, So Does Dyson

Author Lee Peterson EVP, Thought Leadership & Marketing WD Partners Brand: Dyson, a UK appliance maker owned by eccentric billionaire James Dyson. Company sales: $3 billion+ Showroom Network: Paris, Tokyo, Moscow, Jakarta, New York, London, San Francisco, Toronto. Dyson also now operates 460 stores in China, including flagship stores in Shanghai and Beijing. Recent Showroom...

Mike Tyson vs The Great Accelerator

Authors Lee Peterson EVP, Thought Leadership & Marketing WD Partners Tara Yavorsky VP, Marketing WD Partners We’ve said it once and we’ll say it a hundred times more. COVID-19 didn’t disrupt our industry, it accelerated it by catapulting brands forward and forcing them to meet the rapidly evolving preferences of consumers. Customers were already using...

Amazon Be Slayin’ It!

The past year has been intense for our industry. Yet many brands, stores, restaurants, and chains have risen to the challenge and found a way to succeed amongst the chaos and change. In the words of the great Beyonce, they slayed it. How did they do it? By listening to the consumer. Hearing, learning, and...

New EV Research (It’s Not Just About Tesla)

Author Tara Yavorsky VP, Marketing WD Partners You can't escape the Electric Vehicle talk these days. Major players are putting a stake in the ground publicly proclaiming they will be "all electric" in as little as 5 years. Exxon's stock dropped in half last year and Elon Musk is hosting SNL episodes. Earlier this year,...