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,...

The Emergence of Fast Fill Commerce

Are “Dark Stores” the store of the future? Our research indicates the answer is an unequivocal sometimes. But for starters, the lexicon is all wrong. If this is the commonplace term used to define the new future of commerce, it’s a dismal one and demands to be rebranded with more positive and hopeful language. Technically,...

Malls Are on Life Support: Not So Fast

Author Lee Peterson EVP, Thought Leadership & Marketing WD Partners Digital has officially dominated. If you have been with us throughout the past few years, you know that we have been following the state of physical retail in the face of an eCommerce explosion. We have done our research, analyzed the data, and brainstormed more...

How to Save Today’s Mall

Author Lee Peterson EVP, Thought Leadership & Marketing WD Partners Barrie Scardina Head of Retail for the Americas Cushman & Wakefield On Cyber Monday, the retail industry achieved a new milestone–the single largest e-commerce day on record with $10.8B in sales! According to a report from Creditntell, this represented over a 200% increase from 2016...

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...