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We’re not shy about sharing; we simply love what we do. Leading-edge analytics, creative curiosity, and decades of experience, how could we keep that all to ourselves? Consider this your pulse on the now and your peek into what’s next—cross-disciplined perspectives as a catalyst for progress.

Living the Brand: Inside Branded Residences 1440 428 ASG

Living the Brand: Inside Branded Residences

Imagine a consumer so enamored with a brand that they want to embody it. Isn’t this every retailer’s dream? Enter the creation of branded residences—the…

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Prestige to Purpose: How Gen Z is Reshaping Luxury Retail 1440 428 ASG

Prestige to Purpose: How Gen Z is Reshaping Luxury Retail

Forget traditional luxury; Gen Z is here, and they’re redefining the luxury retail landscape with entirely new values. Their focus on inclusivity and sustainability is…

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Silver Shoppers: Adapting Retail for the Aging Generation 1440 428 ASG

Silver Shoppers: Adapting Retail for the Aging Generation

Forget the fountain of youth. It’s time to tap into the silver shoppers tsunami. Older consumers are becoming the majority; even youth-focused brands shouldn’t write…

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loyalty program
Members Only: The Modern Loyalty Program 1440 428 ASG

Members Only: The Modern Loyalty Program

Retailers everywhere are using the “members-only” appeal to gain consumer behavior insights. Learn more about the modern loyalty program.

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Suburban Boom: Is Urban Retail Doomed? 1440 428 ASG

Suburban Boom: Is Urban Retail Doomed?

The consumer electronics industry is thriving—at least online. But what happened to the days of shopping the electronics store and what really killed most of them?

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Who Cares About Consumer Electronics? 1440 428 ASG

Who Cares About Consumer Electronics?

The consumer electronics industry is thriving—at least online. But what happened to the days of shopping the electronics store and what really killed most of them?

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Is Retail Theft Stealing the Shopping Experience? 1440 428 ASG

Is Retail Theft Stealing the Shopping Experience?

Retail theft impacts more than the bottom line. Learn how it effects the consumer shopping experience and even location strategy.

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Experiential Retail: A Balancing Act for Profitability and Appeal 1440 428 ASG

Experiential Retail: A Balancing Act for Profitability and Appeal

Transactional shopping is easy to do online, from the comfort of home, with free shipping and free returns. But consumers want a reason to leave…

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Modern Landlords and the Department Store Dilemma 1440 428 ASG

Modern Landlords and the Department Store Dilemma

As traditional department stores grapple with significant losses in a challenging retail landscape, modern landlords should adopt flexible leasing models to remain competitive. To navigate…

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Ethical Fashion: Revolutionizing Material Creation 1400 428 ASG

Ethical Fashion: Revolutionizing Material Creation

Sugar cane, seashells, and mushrooms—sounds more like a list you’d find on a recipe card than on a clothing label, right? But innovative brands are…

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Reducing Construction Costs: What Does It Take? 1440 428 ASG

Reducing Construction Costs: What Does It Take?

In commercial retail construction, costs can quickly become a headache, posing challenges for businesses seeking to bring their visions to life. To navigate this challenging…

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Consumer Trends in the Era of Digital Dependency 1440 428 ASG

Consumer Trends in the Era of Digital Dependency

Starved for genuine connection and burnt out from always being “on,” two-thirds of Americans across generations are yearning for simpler days when we weren’t plugged…

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The Modern Airport is the Destination 1440 428 ASG

The Modern Airport is the Destination

Airports are redefining themselves as destinations in their own right, offering travelers and locals alike experiences that go beyond transportation.

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The Retail Store Prototype is Dead 1440 428 ASG

The Retail Store Prototype is Dead

The cookie cutter approach to retail store prototype no longer applies. Here’s why location strategy and store planning must hand in hand.

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Medtail is Moving In 1440 428 ASG

Medtail is Moving In

Increased healthcare demands and shifting consumer preferences have made way for medtail, the repurposing of retail spaces for the healthcare industry.

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Wellness Real Estate: Building Healthier Retail Spaces 1440 428 ASG

Wellness Real Estate: Building Healthier Retail Spaces

Amidst the towering urban landscape, a quiet revolution in building design and construction is unfolding–one that goes beyond aesthetics and focuses on the essence of…

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Alpha-Powered Brands: Shaping the Future of Shopping 1440 428 ASG

Alpha-Powered Brands: Shaping the Future of Shopping

These emerging and evolving brands are taking queues from Gen Alpha as they form a more wholistic view of retail and the future of shopping.

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A-List Joints: Exploring Celebrity Cannabis Retail 1440 428 ASG

A-List Joints: Exploring Celebrity Cannabis Retail

The best cannabis dispensaries are designed to be memorable spaces—both aesthetically pleasing and functional. And when they are owned by a celebrity, well, you expect…

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The Nuances of Retail Store Planning and Construction 1440 428 ASG

The Nuances of Retail Store Planning and Construction

We sat down with ASG’s Elizabeth Seitz and Jennifer Crawford to talk about some of the nuances involved in store planning and construction.

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The Micro-Experience Experience 1440 428 ASG

The Micro-Experience Experience

“Micro-experiences are the next big thing in customer engagement,” proclaims an article on the US Chamber website. That’s a bold statement, considering more robust customer…

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Emerging Market Trends in Retail 1440 428 ASG

Emerging Market Trends in Retail

“Location, location, location” may be a cliché, but “what is the ideal location for my brand?” is the burning question behind every retail strategy. The…

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Retail Location Data
Make the Right Move with Retail Location Data 1440 428 ASG

Make the Right Move with Retail Location Data

Learn more about the untapped potential and invaluable insights that retail location data offers to retailers on the hunt for new spaces.

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Asset Strategies Group Acquires The Robin Report 1440 428 ASG

Asset Strategies Group Acquires The Robin Report

Asset Strategies Group (ASG) is pleased to announce its latest move in the retail services sector: the acquisition of The Robin Report, a well-respected source…

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The Importance of Lease Management for Business Continuity 1440 428 ASG

The Importance of Lease Management for Business Continuity

Lease management is critical for your retail business. Effective lease management can ensure that your retail business can withstand the volatility of economic downturns, supply…

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7 Common Myths in Tenant Representation 1440 428 ASG

7 Common Myths in Tenant Representation

These seven common myths about tenant representation often prevent retail brands from taking advantage of retail real estate opportunities.

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Sustainability: What Does it Take? 1440 428 ASG

Sustainability: What Does it Take?

Sustainability is mission-critical for retailers. Consumers demand it. Shareholders want it. The earth needs it. So why is it so hard to walk the walk?…

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Are You Ready for the ‘Escrow Surprise?’ 1440 428 ASG

Are You Ready for the ‘Escrow Surprise?’

Retail tenants often get caught with large outstanding tax obligations. We explain how retailers can protect themselves from this escrow surprise.

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The Modern Mall 1440 428 ASG

The Modern Mall

Learn more about how the staple of American retail, the mall, is transforming with retail trends to focus more on experience and innovation.

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Tapped Out: What It Takes for DTCs to Thrive Now 1440 428 ASG

Tapped Out: What It Takes for DTCs to Thrive Now

At first, the DTC model seemed unstoppable. Companies found they could cut out intermediaries like retailers and distributors to offer their products at lower prices.…

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Fashion-Forward: Unconventional Business Models for Modern Consumers 1440 428 ASG

Fashion-Forward: Unconventional Business Models for Modern Consumers

Fashion and apparel brands with unorthodox business models are shaking up the industry, challenging the status quo, and creating exciting new opportunities for consumers and…

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Trends in Outdoor Living 1440 428 ASG

Trends in Outdoor Living

Learn why outdoor living spaces have become a priority for more people and see how those spaces are meeting different lifestyle needs.

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Redefining Bucket List Travel 1440 428 ASG

Redefining Bucket List Travel

Learn more about how bucket list travel is impacting the retail industry and ways you can capitalize on this growth.

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The Pet Retail Economy 1440 428 ASG

The Pet Retail Economy

The pet industry is booming, and more pet retail brands are emerging as consumers shift their mindsets from pet owners to pet parents.

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Building a Brand Family 1440 428 ASG

Building a Brand Family

When Olivia stepped into the corridors of her local mall, she was on a mission to pick up a few much-needed clothing staples for herself…

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Designed for Versatility: Q&A w/ Ben Checketts of Rhone 1440 428 ASG

Designed for Versatility: Q&A w/ Ben Checketts of Rhone

We sat down with Ben Checketts, Co-Founder/Creative Director of Rhone, to talk about the brand’s successful transition from digital to physical.

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Material Procurement: Tips from the Trenches 1440 428 ASG

Material Procurement: Tips from the Trenches

ASG’s procurement and materials manager, Andrew Miller, discusses his tips for material procurement despite the ongoing economic uncertainty.

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Bold Moves: The Evolution of Legacy Brands 1440 428 ASG

Bold Moves: The Evolution of Legacy Brands

Established legacy brands are working to stay relevant in the eyes of younger generations while maintaining their core traits.

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Future Pharmacy
Future of Pharmacy: The Why & How of the Next Evolution 1440 428 ASG

Future of Pharmacy: The Why & How of the Next Evolution

Health standards are evolving, and the pharmacy experience is changing. Read on to take a deeper look at the future of pharmacy.

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The Art of Sensory Experiences in Retail + Restaurant 1440 428 ASG

The Art of Sensory Experiences in Retail + Restaurant

Learn how to create retail and restaurant sensory experiences that cultivate positive brand connections with your consumer.

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Adaptive Fashion
Reimagining Adaptive Fashion 1440 428 ASG

Reimagining Adaptive Fashion

There is a wide variety of consumers with different adaptive needs who want to dress stylishly. Learn more about the adaptive fashion industry.

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The Hidden Cost of Returns 1440 428 ASG

The Hidden Cost of Returns

While retailers offer free returns to remain competitive, the hidden costs are adding up.

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Retailers are Banking on Buy Now Pay Later 1440 428 ASG

Retailers are Banking on Buy Now Pay Later

Today’s shoppers are used to recent innovations like BOPIS and curbside pickup for delivering products, and they want more payment options at the register too.…

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What Happened to Retail Storytelling? 1440 428 ASG

What Happened to Retail Storytelling?

“Stories are not indicators; they ARE the organization.” – David Boje, storytelling researcher Automation? Frictionless? Impersonal. It seems that new tech being used in the…

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Big Brands See Return from Small-Box Formats 1440 428 ASG

Big Brands See Return from Small-Box Formats

Big box brands are discovering strategic business and customer connection benefits from adding small-box formats to their portfolio.

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How Landlords Can Help Form the Retail Future 1440 428 ASG

How Landlords Can Help Form the Retail Future

The way we all live, work, and shop is changing. The owners of the spaces in which we do all of that living, working, and…

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Brands Inspiring Our Team Right Now 1440 428 ASG

Brands Inspiring Our Team Right Now

We love working with brands, and we’re constantly inspired by the brand landscape around us. We gathered some team members to share their insight into…

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Pop-Ups as a Retail Experience Lab 1440 428 ASG

Pop-Ups as a Retail Experience Lab

Pop-up shops have become a cure-all in retail business strategy over the past few decades. If done right, pop-ups benefit everyone involved, making them a…

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The Shifting Landscape of Retail Real Estate 1440 428 ASG

The Shifting Landscape of Retail Real Estate

It’s an exciting time to be part of the retail industry. For years, there have been hand-wringing warnings that brick-and-mortar was dying.  There are still…

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CBD Chic & Approachable Cannabis Retail 1440 428 ASG

CBD Chic & Approachable Cannabis Retail

Cannabidiol (CBD) is making its way into just about everything lately—lattes, cocktails, lotions, mists, supplements, oils, extracts, and so much more. The public is embracing…

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Retail Strategy: Scaling with Purpose 1440 428 ASG

Retail Strategy: Scaling with Purpose

Scaling: do it right and you win market share and brand equity; do it wrong and waste an enormous amount of resources and damage the…

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Connected Wellness: Healthcare as a Retail Opportunity 1440 428 ASG

Connected Wellness: Healthcare as a Retail Opportunity

The pandemic impacted the healthcare industry much the way it did education and retail; it helped accelerate technology out of necessity. Not only did the…

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Layered Construction: The Challenges in Retail Design 1440 428 ASG

Layered Construction: The Challenges in Retail Design

Opening a new store is essential, whether a brand is opening their first or their hundredth. A new store builds excitement, embodies the relationship between…

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An Era of Layered Construction 1440 428 ASG

An Era of Layered Construction

It’s tough to be a retailer trying to open new stores right now. Everyone is experiencing high costs, lack of materials, logistical issues, and labor…

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Social Segmentation: Connecting & Marketing in Modern Retail 1440 428 ASG

Social Segmentation: Connecting & Marketing in Modern Retail

The data every retailer relied on to connect with consumers before the pandemic must be reevaluated. Today’s consumer – the post-pandemic consumer who was isolated…

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The Rise of Lease Management Outsourcing 1440 428 ASG

The Rise of Lease Management Outsourcing

A Decline in Institutional Knowledge is Leading to an Increase in Lease Management Outsourcing Before the pandemic, there were 10,000 boomers retiring every day, taking…

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What the Great Wealth Transfer Means for Retail 1440 428 ASG

What the Great Wealth Transfer Means for Retail

The great wealth transfer is underway. It’s a monumental shift of financial power from the Boomer generation, who, by 2030, will all be over the…

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Redefining Flagship Retail 1440 428 ASG

Redefining Flagship Retail

Flagship retail stores have historically been the beacon of a brand—an iconic entity with grandiose energy. But as we continue to rethink retail in today’s ever-changing…

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ASG Welcomes Paul Hiers as New CFO 1440 428 ASG

ASG Welcomes Paul Hiers as New CFO

ASG Welcomes Paul Hiers as New CFO Asset Strategies Group (ASG) is pleased to announce Paul Hiers has rejoined ASG as its Chief Financial Officer.…

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ASG Rebrands as a Commitment to Business Transformation 1440 428 ASG

ASG Rebrands as a Commitment to Business Transformation

Retail can serve a higher need, a greater purpose. At Asset Strategies Group (ASG) we believe connection is that purpose. It’s why we’re here. We…

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Livestream Retail for the Win 1440 428 ASG

Livestream Retail for the Win

Bloomingdale’s hosted livestream retail events throughout the pandemic, inviting customers to join them on Zoom calls and learn about the latest footwear and fashion trends.…

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Creating Memorable Customer Experiences 1440 428 ASG

Creating Memorable Customer Experiences

Everything about retail has changed, but that’s not a bad thing. The needs and wants of customers have changed dramatically since the onset of the…

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Minding the Retail Gap 1440 428 ASG

Minding the Retail Gap

We have been talking about redefining retail for a long time, but some retailers are falling behind. In fact, the retail gap between outperformers and…

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Sustainability – The Future of Retail 1440 428 ASG

Sustainability – The Future of Retail

The June 2021 PwC Global Consumer Insights Pulse Survey of more than 8,600 consumers in 22 territories revealed that 59% are more price-oriented and 50%…

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Retail Location Strategy & Consumer Connection 1440 428 ASG

Retail Location Strategy & Consumer Connection

I have talked about the importance of retailers connecting with their customers – meeting them where they are, understanding how they’ve changed, and refining what…

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The Golden Opportunity for Retail 1440 428 ASG

The Golden Opportunity for Retail

Over the last 10-12 years, DTC brands became a force to be reckoned with, as more customers turned to the convenience and cost-effectiveness of try-before-you-buy…

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The Convenience Store Playbook 1440 428 ASG

The Convenience Store Playbook

Convenience stores (C-stores) have always held space in retail, but today’s convenience store is almost nothing like its predecessors. A place that was once known…

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No, It’s STILL Not a Retail Apocalypse 1440 428 ASG

No, It’s STILL Not a Retail Apocalypse

I become frustrated with the persistent notion that the sky is falling and that retail has reached its endgame. Yes, the pandemic exacerbated a situation…

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Retail, One Year Later 1440 428 ASG

Retail, One Year Later

March 13; a Friday the 13th, ironically enough: That’s the day most people point to in 2020 as the moment when everything changed. Up until…

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Redefining Retail 1440 428 ASG

Redefining Retail

I’ve been spending a lot of time these days thinking about the future of retail. And what I think about most is how much opportunity…

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The Landlord-Tenant Partnership to Save Retail 1440 428 ASG

The Landlord-Tenant Partnership to Save Retail

The loss of specialty retailers, such as Jos. A. Bank, J.Crew, Lord & Taylor, and Pier 1, didn’t just impact the companies themselves. The ripple…

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A Consumer-Centric Retail Strategy 1440 428 ASG

A Consumer-Centric Retail Strategy

We’ve talked before about how the pandemic isn’t to blame for everything going on in retail. A consumer-centric retail strategy has been needed for a long while.…

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Reinventing Retail Post-Pandemic 1440 428 ASG

Reinventing Retail Post-Pandemic

The uncertainty of 2020 has resulted in two basic approaches to navigating the ambiguity of retail during the course of the pandemic: the “deer-in-the-headlight” approach…

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Post Pandemic Retail Strategies 1440 428 ASG

Post Pandemic Retail Strategies

We’ve been talking recently about department stores – specifically, the incline and change in retail that occurred as a result of department stores, as well…

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ASG Acquires Design Agency Chute Gerdeman 1440 428 ASG

ASG Acquires Design Agency Chute Gerdeman

Columbus based Asset Strategies Group Acquires Design Agency Chute Gerdeman to expand its retail real estate solutions business. Asset Strategies Group (ASG) has cleared a path…

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The Future of Retail Is Not Pureplay 1440 428 ASG

The Future of Retail Is Not Pureplay

Most of the people predicting pureplay and ecomm as the future of retail could not have foreseen what would really happen to the infrastructure when…

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Huge Opportunity for Wholesale Brands and DTC 1440 428 ASG

Huge Opportunity for Wholesale Brands and DTC

There are a billion or more retail dollars up for grabs for the retailers that figure out how to navigate the future of retail. But…

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Reinventing Retail: The Post Pandemic Strategy 1440 428 ASG

Reinventing Retail: The Post Pandemic Strategy

Has there ever been a more challenging time for retail? Without the business disruption insurance that we lobbied for, we’re seeing more and more retailers…

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Consumer Packaged Goods Need a New Plan 1440 428 ASG

Consumer Packaged Goods Need a New Plan

When it comes to surviving the evolution of retail, it’s not just retail brands who are having to reinvent themselves and find new, customer-centric avenues…

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Outsourcing Retail Strategy and Lease Administration 1440 428 ASG

Outsourcing Retail Strategy and Lease Administration

There are 10,000 Boomers retiring every day, and they are taking an enormous amount of institutional knowledge with them. This has been most noticeable in…

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Doug Tilson to Head Tenant Representation 1440 428 ASG

Doug Tilson to Head Tenant Representation

Asset Strategies Group (ASG) is pleased to announce the addition of Doug Tilson, who will lead Tenant Representation. Mr. Tilson brings enormous experience in regional…

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How Individual Cities Can Influence Real Estate Investment 1440 428 ASG

How Individual Cities Can Influence Real Estate Investment

Numbers drive virtually everything, especially in real estate. And no investor wants to establish real estate property if the prospects of success are poor. Before…

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6 Tips to Generate Customer Loyalty 1440 428 ASG

6 Tips to Generate Customer Loyalty

In today’s retail landscape, the loyalty of your customers is one of your greatest assets, particularly as you leverage an efficient omnichannel strategy. Research has shown that…

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Reinventing the Modern Mall 1440 428 ASG

Reinventing the Modern Mall

Drive through any city in the U.S., and you’ll see a mall with too much empty space. Retailers that have traditionally been the anchor store…

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Mixed-Use Projects Benefiting Real Estate 1440 428 ASG

Mixed-Use Projects Benefiting Real Estate

Consumers want a better shopping experience, but that doesn’t mean they expect a ground-breaking demonstration or innovation every time they step foot in your store.…

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6 Trends That Will Shape Retail in 2019 1440 428 ASG

6 Trends That Will Shape Retail in 2019

Predictions in retail the last few years have been grim. Experts have sworn retail Armageddon was upon us, and many touted the downfall of brick-and-mortar…

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The Must-Have Checklist for A Successful Pop-Up 1440 428 ASG

The Must-Have Checklist for A Successful Pop-Up

Customer experience is the new currency, and retailers are pressured to capture the interests of consumers. Brick-and-mortar merchants are finding new ways to promote their…

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10 Tips to Negotiate a Retail Lease in your Favor 1440 428 ASG

10 Tips to Negotiate a Retail Lease in your Favor

Where you establish your next brick-and-mortar store will significantly impact your retail profit margins. There is no doubt that a poor location leads to slow…

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Retail Change is the New Normal 1440 428 ASG

Retail Change is the New Normal

If you’re waiting patiently for the retail industry to settle and establish a predictable pattern of success, you’re wasting your time. The Global Retail Real…

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Transforming Retail Fulfillment 1440 428 ASG

Transforming Retail Fulfillment

The menace of ecommerce giants, such as Amazon, has been looming over brick-and-mortar stores for several years now. However, the threat is not as real…

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Turn Your Business Around by Leveraging Big Data 1440 428 ASG

Turn Your Business Around by Leveraging Big Data

Across virtually every industry, big data is being favored as the must-have to drive strategic company-wide initiatives. The retail industry, particularly in terms of real…

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4 Ways Retail Leases Must Change 1440 428 ASG

4 Ways Retail Leases Must Change

Across virtually every industry, big data is being favored as the must-have to drive strategic company-wide initiatives. The retail industry, particularly in terms of real…

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How Digital Engagement Drives In-Store Sales 1440 428 ASG

How Digital Engagement Drives In-Store Sales

For the third consecutive year, Deloitte has surveyed consumers to determine their level of digital engagement, and this year’s study has shown that shoppers are now…

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Repositioning Retail Real Estate Strategy 1440 428 ASG

Repositioning Retail Real Estate Strategy

If you look back on the history of retail real estate, the department has typically been managed by an EVP-level executive that reported directly to…

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