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Starbucks Launches Second U.S. Reserve Roastery in New York

Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks has unveiled the latest Starbucks Reserve Roastery in New York, marking its second location in the United States and the fourth worldwide. The company’s chief design officer Liz Muller crafted the theatrical interiors in homage to the craft of coffee-making and the industrial heritage of its surroundings in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

Sculptural ceilings are designed with acoustic support for the three-level interior, which ties each floor together with thin, vertical wooden ribbon-like elements. Beneath a network of copper and transparent pipes, the roastery debuts its 60-foot-long Arriviamo Bar, which is conceived in homage to the Italian Aperitivo and as a complement to the neighborhood’s nightlife options.

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Richard James Unveils First U.S. Flagship

Luxury brand Richard James has introduced its maiden flagship in the United States inside a New York landmark. Located at the intersection of Park Avenue and 57th Street, the new store signals the launch of the company’s international expansion.

Designed by Andy Martin Architecture, the 2,260-sq.-ft. interior embodies the four characteristics of the Richard James brand: reflection, transience, chroma and illusion. Divided into two main areas, ready-to-wear and bespoke, the store partitions its spaces with a translucent screen treated with dichroic film.

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Brown Beauty Co-Op Arrives in D.C.

The Brown Beauty Co-Op has opened in the Dupont Circle section of Washington, D.C., as a new retailer for cosmetics that complement darker skin tones. DCist reports that the 1,090-sq.-ft. store arrives after seven months of planning by cofounders Kimberly Smith and Amaya Smith. The interiors are outfitted with chandeliers, bright lines and white shelving and tables that showcase products that do not exceed a price of $59.

An incubator branch is slated open onsite in 2019 with a focus on mentoring owners of independent brands in pursuit of a retail presence.

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Smartrac Brings Experience Center to California

Courtesy of RFID Journal


Global RFID company Smartrac Technology Group is opening a new office and Customer Experience Center in Southern California, focused on strengthening its U.S. presence and global reach, as well as Internet of Things (IoT) solutions development. The new location is intended to broaden conversations between end users, solution providers and Smartrac. The company says the new office and center will be utilized by potential users of the technology to experiment with solutions specific to their own use cases and requirements.

The new center, scheduled to open at the beginning of next year, is part of Smartrac Group’s effort to extend its reach as it sells RFID and Near Field Communication (NFC) hardware, as well as full RFID-based solutions, to markets that include retail, luxury goods, logistics, pharmaceuticals, health care and manufacturing.

Smartrac will lead its global sales organization, product management and product marketing functions from the new site, says Amir Mobayen, Smartrac’s chief revenue officer. The office and experience center together encompass 18,420 square feet of space. Staff members who previously worked from the company’s former Santa Monica location will relocate there, while Smartrac plans to hire new employees in the surrounding Orange County area as well.

“We are looking for tech-savvy people with skills in enterprise sales, product management and product marketing, as well as experts in solutions design and development,” Mobayen states. “That also comprises knowledge in RFID hardware, computer hardware and software, IoT platforms and the Internet of Things, in general.”

Smartrac, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, already has a presence in the United States. Its facility in Fletcher, N.C., provides the only RFID tag manufacturing still taking place in the United States, according to Mobayen. The company also maintains a research and development software and solutions centers in Columbus, Ohio, as well as in Rochester and New York City, N.Y.

With the new Experience Center in Irvine, Calif., the firm plans to bring services to its partners, as well as to Fortune 500 company end users. The center has a focus on tailored solutions, Mobayen says, that will allow organizations to bring unique use cases to the center in order to ascertain how they could build a solution. The facility is intended to serve existing end users in addition to potential new customers.

Smartrac has seen double-digit growth in its RFID product sales, Mobayen says, especially in UHF RFID products and solutions for the retail market. However, RFID technology demand is experiencing other upticks as well, as more NFC-based solutions are being developed in conjunction with Apple’s release of iOS devices with open NFC functionality.

For several years, Apple had limited its built-in NFC functionality only for use with Apple Pay. However, the 2017 release of the latest iOS products enabled access to the NFC feature for app developers. That has led to a growth in NFC development throughout the past year.

Some of that NFC growth has been in solutions for brand authentication, Mobayen says. For instance, luxury brands are building NFC tags into the packaging of products to help vendors and consumers access authentication information by reading tags via a smartphone. NFC solutions are also increasingly being developed for consumer engagement, Mobayen adds. Shoppers can continue to engage with a brand by tapping an NFC-enabled phone to a product’s tags, enabling them to access loyalty points, place re-orders or replacement parts, or gain product information.

In addition to brand protection, NFC is being utilized for such services as inspection and certification for fire extinguishers, electrical panels and other equipment requiring regular servicing or inspection. With the NFC data, Mobayen notes, inspectors or maintenance personnel can view information regarding a particular piece of equipment, as well as create records indicating the location of each unique piece of equipment and what services were provided, along with photographs if necessary.

Many companies planning RFID deployments, especially for such use cases as brand protection, are still inexperienced with the technology, Mobayen says. For such companies—large brands or manufacturers, for instance—the center will help them to learn the basics of RFID technology use, as well as build a potential application for their own use.

What’s more, the experiential center will provide testing for solutions using UHF- or NFC-based technology, as well as sensor tags that leverage either technology type. “This is a way for us to better understand and communicate with those who use our products,” Mobayen states.

“For us, engagement doesn’t stop where the tagging starts,” Mobayen says. RFID deployments “take you on a journey,” he adds, “and we want to understand our customers’ journey and provide the [support] they need.”

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McDonald’s Accepts RFID Payments in Brazil

Courtesy of RFID Journal


The McDonald’s fast-food restaurant chain has begun accepting RFID payments in Brazil, via the Sem Parar system commonly used for toll payments. The initiative is intended to offer greater convenience to customers throughout the country. Customers at McDonald’s drive-thru windows now have the convenience of using the Sem Parar system to pay for their meals from the comfort of their own vehicles without having to touch their wallets.

The initiative is a precursor to the solution’s planned installation of the system, in the coming months, at all McDonald’s locations that offer drive-thru services. “We are very happy with this partnership because it expands customer convenience, which is our main focus,” says Paulo Camargo, the president of Arcos Dorados Holdings, the largest independent McDonald’s franchise in the world, which manages the brand in 20 countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. “Consumers can choose where to buy and how to pay, which gives them a consistent consumer experience.”

“We have developed in Brazil an unprecedented payment technology in the world to offer maximum convenience to our customers,” says Fernando Yunes, Sem Parar’s president. “As the money and the card are being exchanged for handsets and applications, Sem Parar has gone a step further and created voice payments. All you have to do is say ‘I’m going to pay with Sem Parar,’ and that’s it—the account is paid.”

In addition to making the consumer experience more fluid, the agreement is strategic for both companies. For Sem Parar, it means its entry into a new market segment, and an expansion of its portfolio of urban solutions to more than 5.5 million customers. For McDonald’s, it creates customer comfort and greater speed at its drive-thru operations, in addition to fostering customers’ perception of its services as positive and innovative.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with McDonald’s,” Yunes states. “Together, we are going to improve our customers’ lives in the world’s largest fast-service network. We were born in tolls; we’ve grown fast in parking lots at malls, airports, clubs, hotels, hospitals and schools; we’ve gone into gas stations; and now we are inaugurating the solution for drive-thrus. We will facilitate our clients’ lives to the maximum, in more and more moments of their day-to-day activities.”

Recently, Sem Parar announced a similar agreement with Brazil’s Estapar parking network for automated billing via RFID-based payments. The agreement is expected to affect 1,000 lots, and the implementation is being handled by Fleetcor Technologies, which is working on the project and expects to complete it during the first quarter of 2019.

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Amazon Considering Go Expansion into Airports

Seattle-based e-commerce and tech giant Amazon has revealed that it is pursuing plans to roll out its cashierless convenience store concept Amazon Go into airports. Business Insider reports that major U.S. airports including the Los Angeles International Airport and the San Jose International Airport are under consideration for future retail spaces. While the plans remain murky, it would require the company to present a public bid for retail space.

Amazon Go currently operates in Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle.

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Delvaux Adds New London Store

Belgian luxury brand Delvaux has unveiled a new boutique along Bond Street in London that merges both British and Belgian design sensibilities. Crafted by Milanese design firm Vudafieri-Saverino Partners, the opulent retail space is housed inside a structure from 1906 punctuated with majestic windows detailed with bronze moldings.

The brand’s iconic black matte finish is featured in the design along with curved shapes of the boiserie that instill refinement and contrast the geometry of the gold-finished shelves. A striking staircase is installed as well, leading to the basement where white apparel is juxtaposed with the dark tones of the interior.

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Elphia Beauty Opens New York Concept Store

Cosmetics brand Elphia Beauty has launched its first concept store in the heart of New York’s Tribeca neighborhood. The luxury retail space serves as an apt backdrop for the company’s sustainable product line.

“Elphia Beauty represents today’s woman—ethical, strong and performance driven. Our luxury skin care products are perfectly curated to fit their active lifestyles, quick and easy to use products that take care of the skin without sacrificing time,” says Ellen Peia, CEO of Elphia Beauty. “With our new concept store you are welcome to go in, learn more about the unique development of our products and try them to have a luxurious experience.”

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Versace Launches New Retail Concept in Miami

Milanese fashion house Versace has bowed a new location at the Bal Harbour Shops in Miami. The opening marks the unveiling of a new retail concept crafted by Gwenael Nicolas of Japanese design firm Curiosity. The LEED Gold-certified store welcomes visitors with a black-and-white-patterned façade that contrasts the ornate interiors.

Designboom reports that pervasive gold elements allow the design to meet transparency standards while also maintaining an open dialogue across the minimalist environment. Each room is contextualized with a diamond-shaped ceiling pattern, while white displays vary in texture as they line the walls of each space. The shoe salon offsets the entire store design, clad with a jewelry box-inspired aesthetic of blue calcite that complements bronze finishes.

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Claus Porto Unveils Diamond-Like New York Store

Portuguese soap, candle and perfume brand Claus Porto has opened a new storefront in the Nolita section of New York. The 550-sq.-ft. design features crinkled, textured wall displays conceived by Brooklyn-based firm Tacklebox Architecture. According to Dezeen, the unique display system is crafted from Portuguese cork and comprises 1,500 faceted diamond tiles that reference the tiles that adorn the Casa dos Bicos in Lisbon.

The vaulted interior design also recalls the arched portals of the São Bento train station in Porto, while a freestanding marble sink serves as the nucleus of the space. Light blue veining details the piece to match the store’s rear door.

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U.S. Imports of Canadian Heavy Crude Have More than Doubled from 2012 Levels, New IHS Markit Report Says

Dateline City: CALGARY, Alberta

This year the United States will import more oil from Canada than all the OPEC countries combined—and four-fifths of those imports will be heavy oil

CALGARY, Alberta--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Imports of Canadian heavy crude are an increasingly important source of supply to the United States, the world’s largest refining market for such crudes, according to a new report by IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions. U.S. imports of Canadian heavy crudes will approach 2.8 million barrels per day (mbd) in 2018—more than double what they were in 2012—and could exceed 3 million mbd in 2020.

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Amazon to Launch First International Amazon Go Concept

Seattle-based e-commerce and tech giant Amazon has revealed plans to open the first international outpost of its Amazon Go concept in London’s West End shopping corridor. CNBC reports that the company is pursuing storefronts that range between 3,000 sq. ft. and 5,000 sq. ft. An additional London location also may be in the pipeline in the city’s Oxford Circus neighborhood.

Seven Amazon Go stores currently are open in the United States. Amazon aims to have a footprint of 3,000 retail spaces by 2021.

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École de Pensée Opens Montreal Boutique

Canadian fashion brand École de Pensée has opened a new menswear boutique along Laurier West Avenue in Montreal. Lined with roughly textured walls, the interior is punctuated with accessories and home goods sourced from European and Japanese collaborators. Dezeen reports that the 1,800-sq.-ft. store reflects an apartment-style ambiance that aptly captures the ethos of the brand.

Clothing is suspended from black metallic racks built into walls nooks, while clean white lines of internal moldings contrast darker tones that complement the hue of the wooden floors. Custom geometric structures crafted from wood serve a variety of aesthetic complements alongside concrete blocks that function as a checkout desk and platforms for shoes. Two lounge areas are housed within the store, accented with vintage midcentury furniture designs.

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Anova Culinary Unveils San Francisco Pop-Up

San Francisco-based smart kitchen company Anova Culinary has introduced its first flexible retail space in its hometown. Designed by New York-based design firm Rapt Studio, the new pop-up spans 10,500 sq. ft. and two floors.

The interior is outfitted with six satellite pavilions to ensure easy reconfiguration and showcase the extensive Anova product line. New developments also are highlighted further through onsite classes, demos and events.

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Walmart to Acquire

Bentonville, Ark.-based retail giant Walmart has announced plans to acquire, the world’s largest online retailer for artwork. Revealed by the company in a blog post, the deal is slated to close in early 2019 for an undisclosed sum, according to Business Insider. will remain a standalone website following Walmart’s acquisition of its catalog, intellectual property, trade name and U.S.-based operations. will join the portfolio of web domains in Walmart’s portfolio—including, and

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Lunds & Byerlys to Expand Minnesota Footprint

Minneapolis-based grocer Lunds & Byerlys has revealed that it will add another location to its footprint in its home state. The Star Tribune reports that the company will launch its 28th Minnesota store in the Apple Valley market. The store will arrive in 2021.

2019 will see the launch of eight additional units including stores in Minnesota’s Maple Grove and Spring Lake Park. Lunds & Byerlys added five metro stores earlier this year as well.

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Birkenstock Launches Maiden Retail Space in New York

German shoe brand Birkenstock has announced the launch of its first brick-and-mortar store in New York. Locally based TPG Architecture crafted the new unit with a design a that pays homage to the brand’s roots. Housed within a historic storefront in SoHo, the 1,800-sq.-ft. retail space embraces an experiential approach to showcase the brand’s signature craftsmanship.

Organic materials span the interior to emphasize a sustainable sensibility in alignment with the brand’s product development. A wavy waffle pattern punctuates the interior staircase on a laser-cut matte black screen. A second-floor gallery and lounge is dedicated to limited edition products or designer collaborations as well.

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FORGE Adds Christopher Blackladder

San Francisco-based architecture and design firm FORGE has announced the addition of Christopher Blackladder as its new managing director. Serving as part of a three-person executive leadership team, Blackladder will oversee firm growth and overall operations in the interiors division. A Sydney native, Blackladder is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the International Interior Design Association and the American Institute of Architects. He also graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney.

“Chris’ addition to the firm is reflective of our top priorities, which are how we can best serve our clients and contribute to their business success,” says Eric Ibsen, FORGE’s chief design officer and a member of the executive team. “How we work is as important as the work we do. His leadership and industry knowledge allow us to take a giant leap forward by bringing true innovation to our approach both internally and externally. Aided by his global perspective and high-level project expertise, we are poised to bolster the services FORGE offers in the Bay Area and beyond.”

“FORGE has enjoyed an indelible reputation as the go-to firm for handling projects with complex issues requiring exceptional flexibility and communication,” Blackladder adds. “In addition to working on inspired projects like the Battery and 100 Hooper, FORGE mirrors my own personal values and understands the importance of positive stakeholder experiences. I’m thrilled to be part of a team with such strong abilities and culture.”

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Mia Ouakim Joins ESPRIT

Hong Kong-based apparel brand ESPRIT has named Mia Ouakim its new chief product officer. Joining the company from Tommy Hilfiger, Ouakim will serve in efforts to revamp the company’s business model. She is slated to assume the new role beginning in February 2019, and will report to group CEO Anders Kristiansen, WWD reports.

ESPRIT is also in the midst of consolidated its five German offices, while trimming down the scale of its Hong Kong office as well.

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