Aesthetics Can Have Intelligence

Aesthetics is a fundamental aspect of product design. The visual design of a product affects the quality of consumers’ interaction with it, their usage of the product, and actually the product experience as a whole. Aesthetic appearance in particular contributes to the pleasure of viewing and utilising a product, whether it is a physical artefact… Read More

In the Mood: Consumer Confidence

‘Consumer Confidence’ is a contentious construct, subject to multiple views and versions on how it should be measured. The predictive power of a Consumer Confidence Index (CCI), at the macro and micro levels, is also given to argument. Yet measures of consumer confidence are applied in economic discourse as a useful indication of ongoing consumers’… Read More

Building Experiences Around Tea

Drinking good quality tea is an experience inseparable from the product ‘tea’ and its attributes. The flavour and aroma of the tea are experienced by our senses (taste as well as smell). The attributes of a drink product like tea have to be felt, and consumers now are more interested in that experience than in… Read More

The Attraction of Colourful Displays of Merchandise

Colour has a strong attraction power: it can capture visual attention faster than other design features; it can be inviting and appealing; and colours can evoke specific feelings and emotions of consumers. Furthermore, colours may play an important role in establishing a brand image. Henceforth, colour serves in particular as a primary tool in store… Read More

Seeing Beyond Retail in Shopping Centres

In recent years shopping centres are inclined to re-evaluate their goals and the functions they are required to fulfill for their customers. The proprietors are facing growing difficulties to attract shoppers to visit and buy at the stores in their shopping centres. Electronic commerce is considered a major factor contributing to the decrease in consumer… Read More

Changing Priorities for Stores and Shops

Store and shop owners need to adjust to changes in shopper behaviour; for example: shoppers do more research online on products of relevance before visiting a physical store — they prepare for their visit and come more informed; shoppers visit a physical store or shop to browse and inspect merchandise on display first hand but… Read More

A Brand Mix-up of Entrecote

Le Relais de Venise: L’Entrecôte; Le Relais de l’Entrecôte; L’Entrecôte. The names of these restaurants are similar, partly overlapping, and they all follow the same concept of steak-frites bistro (more on the concept shortly) developed in the family Ginsete de Saurs. Yet the restaurants belong to three separate business entities within the broad family, each… Read More

A Psychological Framework for Website Design and Usability

Usability of websites may ascribe to the ease in which visitors can navigate and find helpful information through website pages and perform tasks successfully on the website; the visual design of webpages can determine the ease, convenience, as well as pleasure, of reading text, viewing images, interacting, and getting overall self-oriented on each page visited.… Read More

Whole Foods Market in the Hands of Amazon

When Amazon.com acquired the food retail chain Whole Foods Market in the summer of 2017 (for $13.2bn), it stirred bafflement mixed with speculations: What is happening here? To what aim does the giant e-commerce retailer need physical stores of a natural and organic food retail chain? Customers were worried out of concern about what Amazon… Read More

Is a Premature Decline of Tablets in Sight?

The tablet brought the promise of a screen-based computing device that would be much easier to carry around and handle than a laptop computer while making relatively small sacrifice in screen size and computing capabilities (e.g., the kinds of software it would be able to operate efficiently). Still, the tablet should provide better display (e.g.,… Read More