Trends that will define retail design in 2019

The retail industry has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, and it continues to evolve and adapt to the changing pace of the trading cost of technology for digital channels and retail design for brick-and-mortar stores.

In the next few years, the market will be defined by emerging technologies that change the way consumers interact with their soon to be discovered favourite brands, both online and instore, with the emergence of new battle lines for e-commerce and the physical store design.

Moving into 2019, Amazon along with other pure-play players will continue to raise the stakes on ‘convenience shopping’. However, as a branding and store design business, we have experienced an increased number of enquiries from pure-play businesses who now wish to enter store brand and design environment to establish a retail presence in the brick-and-mortar channel to market.

Consumers will continue to look for personalised and meaningful alternatives for online and high street shopping. Bloggers and vloggers are increasingly swaying purchases and becoming 'spoke persons' for brands. As a result, traditional retailers have the opportunity to become the physical platform for these influencers or they need to become influencers themselves and the similarities in influencers don't stop there with Cardi B, or Blac Chyna, who have big hips, round bottoms, small waists and big Instagram followings supporting the brand Fashion Nova.

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In 2017 we have reached a tipping point, with an increasing number of sales happening online and via mobiles, retailers need to develop a new role for their physical stores and venture into other 'physical spaces' to experiment with on-brand experiences.

In 2018 we saw a shift from the experiential to the transformative power of technology in retail. We will see more retailers follow this route and explore their own brand and consumer product offering through transformative experiences and experimenting with how their physical presence can add value to online sales. That will lead to opening store design concepts which are more engaging, where customers will engage with products in a meaningful, fun way.

In 2019 we expect to see a strong tendency which continues the split between convenience and quality of experience. 

Creating experiential retail environments where shopping is more than a transaction has been a progressively growing business model over many years, this will continue to grow, as the retail world continues to face challenges due to increasing global spending.

Research into consumer behaviour has found that creating generous experiences for shoppers is a form of currency and results in shareable moments. Thus, brands have increased their retailtainment factor and have incorporated design features in store with the intention to be shareable on social media. Whether through striking internal architecture, utilising current colour trends or lending store footprint to selfie opportunity areas, pop-ups and VR experiences.

The ‘Experience Economy’ may well be something more of a basic requirement in all retail stores of the future.

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