The retail sector is constantly redefining itself in light of the ongoing changes in the consumer market as a result of new technology, brand globalisation and the shifting attitudes of the modern shopper. We are currently witnessing perhaps the biggest transformation of the retail sector in history.
Staying abreast of trends, being up-to-date on industry news and being informed about expert opinions is now, more than ever before, a necessity so we’ve decided to share with you our top 10 online retail resources to ensure you’re always ahead of the retail game.
1. Retail Design World – UK
Retail Design World is an online magazine covering all aspects of the international retail design industry. It brings together news, discussions and an objective view of strategies, trends and developments in retail design. Their Blog section showcases industry experts and is a great source of insight.
2. Design Week – UK
Design Week has been reporting on the design industry for nearly 30 years. Their recently relaunched digital platform has a Retail specific section which delves further into the latest news, views, inspiration and opinion about the retail industry. We love their Retail Inspiration page.
3. Retail Gazette- UK
Retail Gazette publishes independently sourced, high quality news content to ensure that retail professionals are informed and abreast of all the latest sector developments. It goes a one step further by providing in-depth analysis and insider commentary. Key features include topical weekly features, exclusives, reports and analysis on industry data and surveys. We especially like the high-profile interviews with leading industry figures.
4.National Retail Federation – USA
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, with retail members from both the USA and more than 45 other countries. The NRF publishes helpful insights such as the Top 100 Retailers Chart 2015 and also provides advice on best retail practices using practical case studies.
5. VMSD – USA
VMSD offers the latest information about innovative projects, ideas, news and products in retail design. It aims to inspire and encourage visual communication professionals working within the retail sector. Our favourite is the design galleries which show off the best and brightest retail projects.
6. design:retail – USA
design:retail is a leading resource for tracking trends, products and projects that help craft tomorrow’s retail environments. It focuses on design strategies, technology applications, in-store marketing, new product resources and global trends via its website, magazine, industry events and trade shows. A must!
7. ModaES – Spain
ModaEs is the indisputable leader of economic and practical information about the fashion industry in Spain and Latin America. Their online updates are complemented by daily e-newsletters, a monthly magazine and special publications. Their annual “Map of Fashion” is a must for all fashion retail professionals.
8. infoRETAIL – Spain
infoRETAIL canvasses the retail industry and the large scale consumer sector in the 21st Century. With a focus on the Spanish market, it features interviews, in-depth features, profiles and articles. Available in both online and print, it’s an information hotspot for the FMCC and retail industry on the Iberian Peninsula.
9. Le Journal du Textile – France
Each week, Le Journal du Textile dives deep into the world of fashion and textiles in France. Covering fashion events, shopping hot spots, new fashion trends, upcoming exhibitions and more, it ensures that its readers are up-to-date with the ins and outs of the French fashion world.
10. Retail Design Blog – Hungary
Retail Design Blog is ongoing project by Artica. Aimed at architects, designers, visual merchandisers, retailers, brand managers and fans of good design, it has more than 20,000 visitors per day. We’re big fans of their Eco category featuring new, sustainable products and projects. We live Blue!
Of course, you shouldn't forget to visit Kendu's retail trends & news section regularly either!