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ASID Announces Partnership with Emerald Expositions

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the largest interior design professional organization, has announced a partnership with Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of B2B trade shows in the United States, with the goal of developing new and engaging content and enhancing participant experience. The partnership will impact the full roster of Emerald Expositions’ design-affiliated trade shows and conferences (including GlobalShop, HD Expo, BDNY, ICFF, CEDIA Expo, Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, and Environments for Aging Expo & Conference) by focusing the ASID’s presence and offering custom programming.

“The ASID partnership with Emerald Expositions is a game changer. Emerald is the dedicated leader of business-to-business trade shows and a key resource to the design profession,” says ASID CEO Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID. “Emerald’s established success of operating and organizing today’s premier design conferences will leverage the society’s depth and breadth of reach across the entire design community (health care, workplace, hospitality, retail and residential) to further our efforts to demonstrate that ‘design impacts lives,’ a mission that also rings true to the Emerald team. We’re thrilled that our partnership will provide attendees the most impactful experience possible.”

“There is a natural synergy between ASID and our design portfolio,” adds Joe Randall, executive vice president of Emerald Expositions. “ASID has always taken a collaborative approach in their mission to educate designers and clients on the power of design. Through our comprehensive network of tradeshows, publications and match events, Emerald serves the full spectrum of built-environment design professionals and technology integrators representing residential and commercial markets. We welcome this expanded partnership with ASID and are proud to provide the platforms where key industry issues like functionality, wellness and sustainability can be actively addressed.”

Instrumental to the establishment of this partnership was the pre-existing and independently held agreement between ASID and National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA), which owns the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), also produced by Emerald Expositions.

Along with integrated marketing and outreach efforts, the enhanced relationship between ASID and Emerald affords the ASID community access to exclusive show-related benefits and leading industry publications. ASID and Emerald Expo will launch new roundtable discussions with subject-matter experts and design leaders in each sector that will help shape the future of practice. ASID will also coordinate “Impact of Design” awards at each show, focusing attention on products from exhibitors that contribute to the health and well-being of clients and/or emphasize sustainable design practices.

Additionally, at each show, ASID will showcase a space that demonstrates the impact of design – a concept space created to uniquely provide an immersive experience on the power of design. The first space will debut at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), North America’s largest trade show dedicated to all aspects of kitchen and bath design, February 19-21 in Las Vegas.

Throughout 2019, ASID and Emerald Expo will partner on the following trade shows with custom concepts aligned to industry focus:

Environments for Aging Expo & Conference (trade show centered around human-centric solutions for senior living spaces Salt Lake City, April 7-10)
HD Expo (trade show and conference for the hospitality design community, Las Vegas, May 15-17)
ICFF (trade show and contemporary furniture fair set in New York, May 19-22)
GlobalShop @ RetailX (retail design, planning, and merchandising expo and conference, Chicago, June 25-27)
CEDIA Expo (home technology trade show and conference showcasing smart-home tech and electronics, Denver, September 10-14)
Healthcare Design Expo & Conference (trade show dedicated to healthcare solutions and spaces, New Orleans, November 2-5)
BDNY (boutique design trade fair focused on the hospitality industry, NYC, November 10-11)

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Amazon Cancels Plans for New York Headquarters

Seattle-based tech and ecommerce giant Amazon has announced that it will no longer be pursuing the development of a sprawling corporate campus in New York. The company’s initial announce to develop its second headquarters in Long Island City, Queens in November 2018 was met with widespread backlash from community stakeholders and many city and state officials. The New York Times reports that the key argument against the development stemmed from a disbelief among lawmakers, activists, and union leaders that the tech behemoth was not deserving of nearly $3 billion in government incentives.

Although polls reflected a larger public favorability for the project, the negative press overwhelmed the potential job creation such a project could yield. Amazon will now invest in growing its tech hubs in other major U.S. markets like Boston; Austin, Texas; Pittsburgh; Detroit; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Hermès to Introduce New Madison Avenue Flagship in 2022

French luxury brand Hermès has signed a new lease for a five-story structure along Madison Avenue in New York. Connected to a restored bank, the modern building will serve as a new retail flagship beginning in 2022. WWD reports that the site totals about 40,000 sq. ft., and features a terrace on the fourth floor as well as an outdoor rooftop space. The forthcoming flagship will also arrive in somewhat close proximity to existing Hermès men’s and women’s stores.

Hermès is expanding its footprint nationwide, with a 6,700-sq.-ft. unit slated to open at the Mall at Millenia in Orlando, Fla. Next month will see the debut of a three-level, 10,000-sq.-ft. store in New York’s Meatpacking District, while an 8,000-sq.-ft. outpost will be launched in East Rutherford, N.J. in the near future as well.

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Joseph John Consolo Jr. Dies at 75

Joseph John Consolo Jr., former corporate vice president of department store operator The May Company, died at his home in Estero, Fla. on January 24. He was 75.

Consolo, also a former member of the design:retail editorial board, is survived by his wife, daughter, brother and granddaughters.

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OSI Creative Completes Acquisition of NDR

Irvine, Calif.-based OSI Creative, a provider of global supply chain solutions for point-of-purchase (POP) displays and more, has completed its acquisition of New Dimensions Research Corp. (NDR). The Long Island, N.Y.-based display designer and manufacturer will retain all of its employees.

“We are pleased to welcome NDR’s customers and key employees to the OSI family,” says OSI President and CEO Joe Baksha. “Our two companies share a commitment to creativity, quality and excellent service that will benefit both current and new customers. Expanding our presence on the East Coast is a significant step in OSI’s business strategy and we look forward to continuing our fast-paced growth.”

“We are excited to officially join OSI Creative,” says Jeff Mason, president of NDR. “Our customers will soon benefit from the combined creativity, industry experience, and innovative products and services of both the OSI and NDR teams. Together, we look forward to helping our customers continue to grow their business.”

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Portland Design Launches North American Branch, Announces New-Hire

London-based practice Portland Design has announced the appointment of Sarah Wicker Kimes to director of the Americas. Based in Chicago, Kimes will oversee the launch and development of the consultancy’s first outpost in North America. She previously served as the Dallas office director and vice president of brand strategy with CallisonRTKL.

“Developers and brands are increasingly challenged to find new ways to connect with the evolving consumer,” says Kimes, “I’m excited to extend the insight-driven, global design expertise of Portland Design to this region.”

Ibrahim Ibrahim, managing director for Portland Design adds, “It has been a long-term plan to expand our presence in North America and I am delighted that Sarah will be spearheading this. As an experienced brand strategist she understands today’s challenging consumer environment and the importance of delivering human-centered and future-proofed design solutions.”

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TPG Architecture Promotes Shay Lam

New York-based firm TPG Architecture has announced the elevation of Shay Lam to serve as its new managing executive. Lam, who joined TPG in 2016 as studio creative director, will now be responsible for further fortifying client relationships. He previously lent his design expertise to The We Company as well as Perkins Eastman Architects.

“Shay is a creative leader who inspires and encourages innovative thinking with our clients and within our firm,” says Jim Phillips, TPG’s founder. “Shay is dedicated to pushing the boundaries and brings valuable perspectives, design strategies and a strong business acumen that will help our team continue to expand within this sector.”

“I was drawn to the entrepreneurial spirit of the firm and have enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to its growth,” Shay adds. “I’m excited to continue working alongside some of the most talented and dedicated professionals in the field and look forward to further expanding our portfolio.”

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Growing Modernisation and Industrialisation Behind Hike in Gulf Defence Spending, Says Jane’s by IHS Markit

Dateline City: LONDON

Spending in the region to hit USD103 billion in 2019 and continue upwards to USD110 billion in 2023, up from USD82 billion in 2013

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Defence budgets in the Middle East are increasing as countries pursue the modernisation of military equipment and expansion of their current capabilities, says Jane’s by IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions.

Jane’s notes that defence expenditure across the Gulf has increased from USD82.33 billion in 2013 to USD103.01 billion in 2019. This figure is forecast to continue trending upwards to USD110.86 billion in 2023.

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Recess Opens First Store

Online CBD beverage retailer Recess has made its brick-and-mortar debut in New York. In addition to apparel and beverages for sale, the striking neon interior of the new store is outfitted with a lounge space to promote the brand’s emphasis on rest and wellness. CNBC reports that the new retail space also will host community programming.

An additional Recess store already is plotted for in Los Angeles. The company also is considering a nationwide rollout of vending machine that retail its hemp-infused sparkling drinks.

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Kroger Enables Mobile Payments

Cincinnati-based grocer Kroger has announced that a mobile phone payment option will be expanded throughout 2019. The Kroger Pay concept, which was first tested at locations within the Columbus, Ohio market, will soon be available in 10 more unconfirmed outposts this spring. reports that the Kroger Pay concept includes a new rewards debit card, which also was tested in the same market.

Kroger oversees a retail footprint across numerous chains in 35 states.

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1stdibs Launches Gallery Space in New York

Global online marketplace 1stdibs has launched a new gallery as part of Terminal Stores in New York. Spread across 45,000 sq. ft., the space showcases pieces from more than 50 exhibitors, ranging from contemporary artwork to antique furniture. Designed by architecture firm Davies Toews, the space is further punctuated beyond items on display by rotating art installations.

“The 1stdibs Gallery is New York’s premier design hub, where designers and consumers can shop, learn, touch, see and be inspired by a representative sampling of the site’s offerings,” says 1stdibs CEO David Rosenblatt. “The Gallery presents one-of-a-kind antique treasures, vintage finds and the best new and custom creations, all artfully presented by an international array of exhibitors.”

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Mission: Upgrade

design:retail is the most trusted industry voice for the next generation of brick-and-mortar retail. Encompassing all aspects of design, experience and innovation, it is an incubator of thought-provoking ideas, providing relevant, inspirational and on-trend content from around the globe.”

That’s design:retail’s new mission statement, and we’re pretty deadset on delivering it to you with every sentence we write, every story we tell and every issue we curate.
The retail industry is undergoing a mass transformation, and design:retail wants to continue to serve our audience with the best coverage of trends and solutions hitting the market. To that end, with this January/February issue, we are introducing a “refresh” of the magazine. Exactly five years since we first debuted the name “design:retail” to you with a new look in 2014, this latest refresh will include:

A new look. Introducing an upgrade to our overall look and feel—a fresh coat of paint, if you will. You’ll find a few new font treatments, layout templates, and head and deck reworks that will give the publication a revitalized, contemporary makeover to keep up with the changing times. Our goal was not to reinvent the wheel here, but to simply touch up some rusty, squeaky spots while keeping the bones of the magazine in tact.

Expanded content. Our biggest endeavor was to reorganize the front-of-book content to better address specific needs, both existing and emerging, core to our audience: Design. Experience. Innovation. Now, this is not to say one “bucket,” as we are calling them, can live solely on its own without the others. It’s simply a framework to showcase market trends as we are seeing them, and now with some navigation that poignantly alerts you where in the magazine certain focuses reside, and why that story might be a worthy read for you through this lens.

Design: The core of what you expect to find in any issue of design:retail—stunning and purposeful projects, products and moments that speak to the inspiration-hungry creatives inside us all.
Experience: Retail that puts the customer first. Here, we examine storytelling pop-ups, brand activations, sensory moments and curated, brand-centric initiatives that are making physical retail the immersive surprise and delight moment it was always meant to be.
Innovation: Who is doing it differently? Whether it’s emerging retail technologies, new ideations of thought, creative collaborations or store formats pushing us toward the future, here we examine the “new, now and next” of retail’s transformative shift.

Enhanced audience. As direct-to-consumer and e-commerce brands continue to open physical stores at a feverish pace, design:retail is enhancing our subscriber database to include more of these digitally native brands into our readership base. Why? We can all stand to learn something from each other.

It was in my early 30s that I began to really identify my own self, establish who I was and where I wanted to go, and take on life with purpose and conviction. At this magazine, established 30-plus years ago as well, we are just hitting our stride, and redefining our true purpose. We know who we are, who we want to be, and how we can get there. We know you, our readers, and we know the journey you are embarking on in your day-to-day mission of retail in the new transformative “post-Amazonian” world. We are researching fervently, interviewing regularly and want to share with you the stories and studies of companies who are entering a culture of experimentation with open arms. Those retailers and brands who are trying new things, testing and pivoting, succeeding and failing—but ATTEMPTING to defy stagnancy and move retail forward as a leader of innovation, experience and design, rather than be a laggard. design:retail wants to help move you forward.

We hope to prove that to you in this and future issues. Come, grow with us.

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Barneys to Launch Cannabis Lifestyle Concept

Famed department store Barneys New York has announced plans to launch The High End, a new luxury cannabis lifestyle and wellness retail concept. The new space will open at Barneys New York’s Beverly Hills flagship in Los Angeles this March. The concept will be rolled out as part of a partnership with upscale cannabis company Beboe.

The High End retail space will showcase an array of wellness products across home, beauty and jewelry categories. Accessories from ashtrays to papers to pipes also will be retailed onsite.

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CVS Unveils First HealthHUB Locations in Houston

Woonsocket, R.I.-based drugstore CVS Pharmacy has unveiled the first test of its CVS Health concept store format. The HealthHUB tests, which dedicate greater floor space to health care services, have opened across three locations in Houston. USA Today reports that a portion of the concept store will be closed-off to host classes including yoga.

More than 20 percent of each HealthHUB location will feature floor space that serves health care needs from personalized care to wellness products. Pharmacists at HealthHUB also will ensure increased accessibility with regular in-person or phone consultations. The decision to emphasize health and wellness arrives on the heels of the CVS acquisition of insurer Aetna last year.

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Hobby Lobby to Shutter Hemispheres Stores

Oklahoma City-based arts and crafts retailer Hobby Lobby has announced plans to shutter all eight of its Hemispheres furniture stores. The Dallas Morning News reports that the retail fleet, which includes six in Texas and two in Oklahoma, will be fully closed by the end of 2019. In operation since 2001, Hemispheres closures will impact 150 employees.

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IHS Markit Analyst Availability for Media Requests: Embedded World 2019

Dateline City: LONDON Contacts Technology
Lee Graham, +1 917 806 7902

World-renowned experts will be on site to address topics ranging from innovative embedded systems to artificial intelligence

For journalists who follow the latest news and trends in embedded systems, IHS Markit analysts will be available for commentary ahead of, and onsite at, the Embedded World 2019 conference in Nuremberg, Germany, from February 26 – 28, 2019.

IHS Markit experts will be following developments from the show and can provide remarks and snap analysis on the technology and semiconductor topics below. Interviews can be arranged by contacting the analysts directly with copy to

Technology analysts and topics

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Hudson’s Bay Completes Lord & Taylor Flagship Sale

Toronto-based department store operator Hudson’s Bay Co. has completed its sales of the former Lord & Taylor Fifth Avenue flagship in New York. The company has sold the famed address to WeWork Property Investors for $850 million, WWD reports. Hudson’s Bay is continuing to monetize select real estate assets including its Hudson Bay flagship in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The We Company plans to convert the majority of the 11-story, 650,000-sq.-ft. site into a WeWork headquarters, although the fate of the three lowermost levels remains unconfirmed. The former Lord & Taylor location was in operation for 104 years.

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Simon Partners with CBD Company

Indianapolis-based mall owner Simon Property Group has revealed a new partnership with Ohio-based marijuana company Green Growth Brands. The new collaboration will yield the rollout of 108 retail spaces dedicated to cannabidiol, or CBD, products this year. According to CNBC, these stores will be introduced at existing Simon properties including the Roosevelt Field Mall in New York and The Galleria in Houston.

The first opening will take place this March at Castleton Square Mall in Indianapolis.

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Crate and Barrel and CB2 Team Up with Handy

Northbrook, Ill.-based home goods retailer Crate and Barrel and its modern sister brand CB2 have announced their joint partnership with professional furniture assembly and décor installation platform Handy. The newly formed collaboration will provide assembly and installation services at 90 Crate and Barrel and CB2 locations in the United States. Both retailers now invite shoppers to work with store associates on the design of fully furnished rooms and then direct Handy workers to assemble and install the complete design for one flat rate.

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IHS Markit Analyst Availability for Media Requests at MWC19

Dateline City: LONDON Contacts Technology
Lee Graham, +1 917 806 7902

World-renowned experts will be on site to address topics ranging from smartphone trends to the Internet of Things (IoT) and the advent of 5G

For journalists who follow the latest mobile news and trends, IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) analysts will be available for commentary ahead of and onsite at MWC19 (formerly Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona, Spain, from February 25 to 28, 2019.

IHS Markit experts will be following developments from the show and can provide remarks and snap analysis on the impact of the various announcements on the global mobile industry. Interviews can be arranged by contacting the analysts directly, using the links below, with a copy to

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