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Shopping Center Data Partner Spotlight: Directory of Major Malls / ShoppingCenters.com

Posted by Sam Lowder on Apr 27, 2021 6:00:00 AM

Are you a retailer that often locates in or near major shopping centers and malls? Then you’ll want to explore the Directory of Major Malls / ShoppingCenters.com data set, which includes details on the 8,528 major open-air shopping centers, lifestyle/specialty, entertainment mixed-use, value retail and enclosed malls in the U.S. and Canada that are approximately 200,000+ square feet and larger in size.

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Topics: Retail Apocalypse, Recruiting Shopping Center Tenants, Data Partner, Data Quality, Site Selection Analysis

Navigating Decreased Demand if Your Business Thrived During COVID-19

Posted by Sam Lowder on Apr 9, 2021 2:24:00 PM

Over the last year, the business headlines have been dominated by companies that have struggled—the restaurants, retailers, and other independent and chain businesses that have seen decreased demand or been forced to operate at reduced capacity for the majority of the past 13 months.

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Topics: Smart Retail Growth, Retail Industry, Retail Site Selection, Restaurant Industry, Coronavirus, Grocery

How Will Shopping Malls Fare and Change in 2021?

Posted by Sam Lowder on Mar 26, 2021 9:10:34 AM

For years, many have debated the death of shopping malls. The rise of ecommerce has been a big contributor to the struggles of brick-and-mortar retail, and many analysts and other experts have been talking about how these changes are impacting the American institution known as the shopping mall: 

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Topics: Retail Apocalypse, Recruiting Shopping Center Tenants, Retail Industry, Landlord Rep Brokers & Owners Industry, Tenant Rep Brokers & Developers Industry, Coronavirus

If Your Retail Void Report (Void Analysis) Doesn’t Have These Five Things, It’s Time for a Better Solution

Posted by Sam Lowder on Mar 17, 2021 9:39:09 AM

We sometimes hear from people connected to the retail industry that traditional void reports are outdated and not all that useful.

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Topics: Retail Data Analysis, Recruiting Shopping Center Tenants, Void Analysis

2020 Retail Category Winners and Losers

Posted by Sam Lowder on Feb 23, 2021 2:30:22 PM

We all know by now that the year 2020 was challenging for many businesses for a variety of reasons. With many states laying out restrictions, some businesses were thrust into e-commerce on zero notice, while other businesses were forced to think outside the box on how to reach their customers in new ways.

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Topics: Smart Retail Growth, Data Study, Retail Site Selection, Site Selection Software

Franchise Planning Guide to Surviving the Pandemic

Posted by Sam Lowder on Jan 28, 2021 5:45:00 AM

Franchise planning has been beyond challenging in the last 11 months and it’s still not easy. If you were established before 2020, your territory plan is probably out the window right now and the capacity you thought you had for smart retail growth might have changed significantly.

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Topics: Retail Industry, Franchise & Services Industry, Retail Site Selection, Analyzing Retail Sites, Coronavirus

[Case Study]: Shopko Optical Sees Clearer with SiteSeer Pro Software

Posted by Sam Lowder on Jan 19, 2021 6:00:00 AM

When Monarch Alternative Capital acquired Shopko Optical in May 2019, it became critical for the real estate team to have a powerful, easy-to-use site selection and analysis platform that would help the company continue to grow after opening 80 standalone locations.

“We needed an analytics tool to help us with mapping, evaluating real estate, and assessing trade areas,” says Donna Capichano, chief development officer at Shopko Optical. “The tool we were using previously was expensive and produced inaccurate results. It was time for something better.”

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Topics: Smart Retail Growth, Real Estate Analytics Tool, Improving Store Locations, Site Selection Software, Case Study

Take a SiteSeer Demo, Get a FREE UberMedia Report + FREE Void Analysis

Posted by Sam Lowder on Jan 8, 2021 5:30:00 AM

It’s a new year and time for a new deal from SiteSeer! 

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Topics: Real Estate Analytics Tool, Improving Store Locations, Building New Locations, Void Analysis, Data Partner, Site Selection Analysis

A Look at Who Will Get the COVID-19 Vaccine First (by the Numbers)

Posted by Sam Lowder on Dec 21, 2020 6:00:00 AM

As we near the end of the year, there is a glimmer of hope: the COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in many states across the country and there is finally, after months of discussion, a distribution plan in place to get citizens vaccinated as soon as possible.

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Topics: Retail Data Analysis, Data Study, Coronavirus

Will the 2020 Holiday Shopping Season be an Anomaly?

Posted by Sam Lowder on Dec 18, 2020 5:30:00 AM

It’s probably unanimous: we’re all eager to wrap up this year.

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Topics: Omnichannel Retail, Bricks and Mortar Retail, Retail Industry