Best Retail Brands
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BEST RETAIL BRANDS
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By Jez Frampton
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Let’s Not Forget the Store: Why Brick and Mortar Still Matters in a Multichannel World
Humans are socialcreatures hungry for experience. As much as we love to research products via QR codes, engage with friends and retailers via our Facebook pages, and collect music in our cloud libraries, it is all too easy to forget that there’s still a special place in our lives for the retail store. Stores are where we learn what’s new, find inspiration, and see other purchase choices we may not have found online.That’s why the brick and mortar store still remains an essential point of access for the retail brand. Its role may have changed, but as this year’s Best Retail Brands demonstrates its relevance to the brand remains the same. Brick and mortar is where every dimension of the brand comes alive for us to see, feel, smell, touch, taste, and hear. The store does what technology cannot — allows usthe full usage of our senses. And when the retailer embraces digital in the experience, it provides an anchor in a shifting, multichannel world. Indeed, even as digital retail leaders like L’Occitane, Asda, Uniqlo, and Mango continue to bolster their digital experiences, they have not lost sight of the importance of the brick and mortar store, devoting just as much time to getting the details ofthe living brand experience right within the store as they do to their digital channels. In the case of L’Occitane, this means a service-oriented approach and an emphasis on creating a warm and welcoming ambiance, which is orchestrated down to the scent that is discreetly used in each store. Similarly, Asda’s digital efforts were matched by its significant efforts to create a consistent in-store...
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