Retail's New Horizon

How can retail brands seize the moment and reinvent themselves?
2022 CD Retails New Horizon

Bigger. Better. Faster. More. The old rules of retail are being tested on all levels. While some may argue that "physical retail is dead," I would say that's a load of $*%# and there has never been a better time to explore answers to the question, "what if there was a better way?"

As someone far smarter than me once said, "we won't get to the solutions of tomorrow with the thinking of today." And it's the same for retail. Success for brands in every category will require fresh thinking, new approaches, and a healthy dose of risk-taking. And if we wake up a few years down the road to a world of shopping that looks nothing like the one we've been used to, then maybe, just maybe, we'll all have done our jobs.

~Christian Davies

After kicking off Chain Store Age’s 19th Annual X/SPECS event last year as the keynote speaker with a thought-provoking conversation around the challenges and opportunities facing today’s retailers, Bergmeyer Design Practice Leader Christian Davies gave executives in attendance a lot to ponder after he left the stage.

In response to an abundance of follow-up inquiries for Christian to share more insight into his dynamic keynote at X/SPECS, Bergmeyer partnered with Chain Store Age to release a series of videos with insights on the evolving retail landscape.

In this series, Davies goes deeper into the exploration of how retail brands can seize the moment to reinvent themselves in ways that will truly connect with consumers and position themselves for success moving forward in the ever-changing retail industry.

Introduction to "Retail's New Horizon"

First published on Chain Store Age's Retail’s New Horizon: The Next \Wave here:

Part One - "Retail's New Horizon: BIGGER"

What if there was another way to look at this industry called retail?

Part Two - "Retail's New Horizon: BETTER"

In our second video in the series, Christian shares thoughts on the two headwinds driving our current retail experiences and how they each uniquely make retail better.

Part Three - "Retail's New Horizon: FASTER"

Our penultimate video in the "Retail's New Horizon" series, "Faster" explores Christian's thoughts on the rise of "slow retail design" within retail's typically fast-paced environment, with new brands and products arriving in every category at seemingly breakneck speed that are readily available at the touch of our fingertips.

Part Four - "Retail's New Horizon: MORE"

In our fourth video, "More", the final installment of our series “Retail's New Horizon”, Christian explores how we as industry leaders can do: Bigger. Better. Faster... More.

This final chapter is near and dear to our hearts, as it talks directly to the core of sustainability in retail; the idea of transitioning from simply “more” to achieving our goals as an industry “with less."

Stay tuned for more news and announcements on Bergmeyer’s future initiatives and commitments around sustainability in retail design.