How to Integrate Sustainability into Retail’s Future

Posted Wednesday, April 22, 2015

HAPPY EARTH DAY ~ APRIL 22, 2015
HAPPY EARTH DAY ~ APRIL 22, 2015

Retail Horizons Program Provides Tools to Drive Sustainable Change

Sustainability efforts at the retail level have historically been good for brands, their wallets and Mother Earth. Retailers and CPG brands are seeing significant business benefits from their sustainability programs, ranging from improved employee loyalty to decreased costs to more resilient supply chains.

The challenge is that the world is changing in ways that will have a profound effect on the retail industry over the next 15 years. Some are foreseeable with a high degree of likelihood; such as our population will grow older and more diverse, water and other key resource materials will likely become more scarce and expensive, and consumer expectations for speed and transparency will increase.

In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, we thought we’d share the outcome of the year-long, 2014 Retail Horizons program, led by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and Forum for the Future, and sponsored by Target and

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Tags: ARE , green-scene , sustainability

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Lawn and Garden Retail Trends

Posted Friday, April 17, 2015

KDM: Outdoor vegetable plant display for Bonnie Plants
KDM: Outdoor vegetable plant display for Bonnie Plants

“Give me spots on my apples but leave me the birds and the bees” [Joni Mitchell]

In the past few years we have seen the American consumer’s desire for a healthier lifestyle drive many changes in the products sold and even the shopping experiences itself found at retail - across about every segment. Lawn and garden is no exception. “In 2015, gardening goes hand in hand with a healthy lifestyle”, according to Garden Media Group.

In our KDM blog on this subject posted this time last year, we spoke about how consumers are spending more leisure time outdoors and immersing themselves in nature and organic lifestyles; investing in patio furniture, grills and accessories to personalize these spaces, fueling a record growth in demand for these items. Each year the Garden Media Group publishes a trend report that help leaders in the lawn and garden industry understand what is important to consumers; giving them insights to expand their opportunities, foster innovation and

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Tags: home improvement , KDM Merchandising Solutions , point-of-purchase

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Retail Design & Merchandising Trends from GlobalShop

Posted Friday, April 10, 2015

GlobalShop 2015- focusing on the in-store experience
GlobalShop 2015- focusing on the in-store experience

submitted by Maureen Gumbert, Marketing Manager, KDM ~

There was a lot to take in at GlobalShop this year. The retail design industry event is actually five Shows in One: the Store Fixturing Show (millwork, fixtures, shelving), The Visual Merchandising Show (props, shopping bags, mannequins), Store Design and Operations (construction, lighting, flooring), The Digital Store (digital signs, audio, screens) and the At-Retail Marketplace (POP, merchandising displays, plastic fabrication). If I had to sum up what jumped out at me in abundance on the show floor this year in just three words they would be: fabric, lighting, and corrugate.  This is coming from my perspective as Marketing Manager at KDM POP Solutions Group, which is focused on POP, Merchandising and Retail Design solutions.

FABRIC.

SEG fabric graphicsSilicone Edge Graphics (SEG) were everywhere! These are graphic panels printed on fabric that has a plastic strip sewn into the edges that slips into a groove on the frame, making it a very

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Tags: GlobalShop , KDM Merchandising Solutions , retail design , trade show

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