Shoppers will be gravitating back to department stores this holiday season, after several years of opting instead to shop at niche or big-box stores. Industry consolidation and increased efficiency are actually helping to fuel the return to department stores, industry analysts say.
The majority of consumers are indifferent to whether or not their milk came from cows treated with growth hormones, according to a dairy industry group, but more and more processors are producing hormone-free milk. The product can be priced higher than traditional milk but is not usually as expensive as organic.
New urbanism projects are being heralded as the wave of the future for big-box retailers looking to get into new markets, experts at a regional shopping center industry conference said. Retailers are also using unique floor layouts, such as putting parking on the roof or multi-leveled formats, to enter non-traditional markets.