These websites offer tons of information on consumers, trends and more.
Convenience Store News
Inmar Info Source
Lots of info on couponing, digital promotions and consumer shopping behavior.
National Association for Retail Marketing Services
Includes lots of free reports you can download.
Private Label Magazine
Retail branding, events and links to even more useful information concerning retail.
Retail Customer Experience
This site is devoted to the idea that retail marketing goes way beyond price. How true.
A division of the National Retail Federation, a member-driven trade association for retail executives.
Info for independent retailers (aggregated from other sources).
Specialty Retail Report
The magazine for mall kiosks, mall carts and retail entrepreneurs.
Location, Location, Location
Find just the right spot for your shop or office.
The impact of various industries on real estate
Downtown & Business District Market Analysis
Try this link for a free report with demographic data, mapping and marketing analyses.
Commercial real estate listings.
Retail Traffic Magazine
Info about retail, real estate and development.
Being within walking distance of your customers can be essential to the success of many types of businesses. Think coffee shops or neighborhoods with little parking. At this site, you can check the "walkability" of any address.
WA State Department of Transportation
Maps and data
Directory of Major Malls
Allows one free search, otherwise a paid directory; also offers mall news.
U.S. Research and Tools
Office, industrial, retail
Office Property Clock
Defining rising and falling markets
Interactive Market Indicators
Office and industrial space
Plug in data to help find a location
Seattle Market Research
Office and industrial space.
Opening a retail establishment isn't what it used to be. You could put up a few shelves, write a menu for a restaurant or simply sign a lease and see what happens. It's a lot more competitive these days and retail is as much about concepting and entertainment as it is about selling goods.
There are many customer touchpoints. They include: