20 03, 2019

Can You Scale “Made in America”?

By | 2019-03-20T18:53:06+00:00 March 20th, 2019|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Can You Scale “Made in America”?

In January 2005, a typical family made an unusual New Years resolution: a pledge to spend an entire calendar year without buying anything from China. The family successfully accomplished their goal, but the experience was powerful enough to compel public interest in both a book and documentary chronicling their incredibly challenging journey.Although this family spent [...]

19 03, 2019

What the hell is a H.E.N.R.Y?

By | 2019-03-19T20:47:49+00:00 March 19th, 2019|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on What the hell is a H.E.N.R.Y?

The retail game is no longer just about the millennials. Now, it’s all about the HENRYs. HENRY stands for High Earners, Not Rich Yet and they’ve been dubbed as the “consumer of tomorrow”, though you’ll want to learn about them today. These baby boomers’ babies are earning a whopping $100-250k annually and are on track [...]

17 01, 2019

E-commerce As The Next Brick & Mortar

By | 2019-01-17T16:53:11+00:00 January 17th, 2019|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on E-commerce As The Next Brick & Mortar

Physical retail is the next frontier for e-commerce.As ironic as it is, with recent years filled with media headlines like retail is dead, malls are rotting away, and the future of retail is online, many e-commerce darlings are expanding their online spaces to incorporate a physical element.The truth is that e-commerce paved the way not [...]

29 11, 2018

RETAIL CHANGE OF HEART

By | 2018-11-29T20:29:22+00:00 November 29th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on RETAIL CHANGE OF HEART

Moody’s Investor Services released some uplifting news for the retail community, namely that industry has turned a corner and growth predictions are on the upward trend. Retailers are finally starting to reap the benefits of investments aimed at cost efficiencies, enhancing their e-commerce capabilities and customers’ in-store experience. This, coupled with a strong economy, will [...]

6 11, 2018

The Vinyl Explosion: Why Are Physical Products Blowing Up in a Digital World?

By | 2018-11-06T21:13:24+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on The Vinyl Explosion: Why Are Physical Products Blowing Up in a Digital World?

From a historical perspective, the digital age is hitting its ‘adult years’ right about now.  Many of us watched the birth of the internet, connecting to IP addresses from massive terminals. We experienced the adolescent years through email, with thanks to AOL for cementing the immortal you’ve got mail soundbite into our hearts. We’ve just [...]

7 09, 2018

Walmart Joins Big Beer to Bet on Millennials

By | 2018-09-07T18:29:57+00:00 September 7th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Walmart Joins Big Beer to Bet on Millennials

It’s been over a year since Walmart purchased Bonobos and ModCloth. Initially, it was hailed as a bigger deal than Amazon buying Whole Foods, since it positioned Walmart as a real contender for the Amazon empire – finally. For months after the acquisition, the industry and general public at large debated whether these trendy boutiques [...]

9 08, 2018

Jason Thomas, of Charlotte Agenda, Talks All Things CLT Development

By | 2018-08-09T18:05:39+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Jason Thomas, of Charlotte Agenda, Talks All Things CLT Development

I sat down to grill the notorious development expert and lead development writer for Charlotte Agenda, Jason Thomas.   Jason has long been “obsessed with urban design and development.” He’s focused on future-proofing Charlotte, a city that he adores and has no plans to leave.   You’ve probably seen his articles breaking stories (or deals) [...]

27 07, 2018

Retail Design Institute: Business Owners Talk Retail Apocalypse or Retail Renaissance

By | 2018-07-27T19:05:47+00:00 July 27th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Retail Design Institute: Business Owners Talk Retail Apocalypse or Retail Renaissance

In an abandoned munitions depot in North End, Charlotte, I saw down with 5 incredible retailers at an RDI event, whom I likely wouldn’t have met with just 5 years ago.   Kathleen Jordan has been a retail practice area leader for over 20 years, with a bustling Italian food business.   Caleb Clark owns [...]

12 07, 2018

Wise Tips on Early Success and Scaling to Enterprise from Tommy Timmins (Plus How to Pour a Perfect Guinness)

By | 2018-07-12T18:00:45+00:00 July 12th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Wise Tips on Early Success and Scaling to Enterprise from Tommy Timmins (Plus How to Pour a Perfect Guinness)

Tommy is a fast-talking New Yorker, and he knows his stuff.   His dad was a NYC officer who, in an attempt to prepare for retirement, bought a restaurant called the Sugar Bowl, where Tommy worked during his summers.   Tommy moved to Charlotte to attend college. He saw the opportunity and development happening in [...]

27 06, 2018

Andy Misiaveg (Shopping Center Group) on the Transformation of Commercial Real Estate

By | 2018-06-27T18:53:11+00:00 June 27th, 2018|Adam's Blog|Comments Off on Andy Misiaveg (Shopping Center Group) on the Transformation of Commercial Real Estate

   Andy Misiaveg is a partner in the Charlotte office of the Shopping Center Group. He’s responsible for over 700 million – give or take a few thousand – since his career started almost 20 years ago.   Andy comes from a real estate family. His father, Bill Misiaveg, is a major player in the retail [...]