For decades, the world of retail has been dominated by the idea of the big box. You know the ones: huge, shed-like edifices, 50,000+ ft2, usually on the edge of town. We loved them for their giant range of products, that they always had the stuff we were looking for, and that their prices were amazing. Why bother with the little shop? Yet, are we in the midst of experiencing a turnaround in attitude?
Fortune has unveiled its annual ranking of the 50 world’s most admired companies. Apple is No.1 on list for the sixth straight year. In the top, the i-devices manufacturer is followed by Google, Amazon, Coca-Cola and Starbucks. This year’s ranking is dominated by U.S. companies, which take up most of the places—only eight are occupied by the businesses from outside the USA.
Selling apparel is not enough to make people look stylish and stunning—showing how to wear footwear and clothing items is essential for any apparel brand, which cares about their consumers. The best way to deliver great style solutions is to display lookbooks, created by the brand’s fans. Amazon-owned retailer Zappos has collaborated with new social fashion site Chicisimo to launch a microsite, where fashionistas may post their looks, vote for the coolest ones and then purchase them from the retailer’s online store. The project will be launched soon, says the official page of the initiative.
Landor Associates, a global creative community of brand strategists and designers, has released the results of its 2012 Breakaway Brands Study, which demonstrates top ten US brands that have successfully progressed in brand strength over a three-year period from 2008 to 2011. Just like the last year, Facebook was identified as the brand with the leading brand position, which has grown by 206% over three years.