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Department of Finance Proposes New Oversight Framework for Retail Payments

On July 7, 2017, Canada’s Department of Finance released a long-awaited consultation paper on the proposed regulation of retail payments in Canada. The consultation paper, titled: “A New Retail Payments Oversight Framework”...more

E-commerce Is Changing the Definition of Retail Employment

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The retail landscape is in the midst of a mind-boggling – and fast-moving – evolution. In a short amount of time, Americans have radically changed how they shop for things, utilizing multiple channels of shopping to meet...more

So You Say You Want a Revolution? Franchises Evolve as Retail Declines

by Lewitt Hackman on

You’ve seen the news: retailers are struggling. Traditional anchor stores like Macy’s and Sears are closing up shop, creating a domino effect of fiscal death for shopping malls across the country. The Los Angeles Times...more

Retailer - Summer 2017

NEWS & ANALYSIS - Danger, Will Robinson? Automation is replacing – but also enhancing – many retail jobs- Of the 16 million Americans who work in retail, nearly half could lose their jobs to robots over the next...more

The Future of Mall Maps: “You are Here” and a Lot More

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Retailers have relied on static mall maps for decades to convey store location, including the familiar “you are here” mall maps. Today, shopping centers are overhauling mall signage in favor of interactive digital signs that...more

Retailers Grow Successfully by Introducing New Brands

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

As fashion retailers across the country jostle for market share in an ever-changing and ever-competitive marketplace, some retailers are trying to improve their bottom lines not by adjusting or expanding their offerings in...more

The Changing State of Retail: Creating More Instagrammable Moments

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

If you’ve read any headlines lately about the state of retail, you’ve likely noticed that headwinds are leading to downsizing and debt restructuring. Yet, studies show that consumer confidence is high, and overall retail...more

Content From PK Law: Five Questions With David Hirshfeld, Holabird Sports

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Consumers visiting Holabird Sports on Pulaski Highway in Baltimore are familiar with the 7000 square foot retail space that houses walls of footwear matching any athletic or fitness requirement, the vast selection of tennis...more

Thinking Of Shifting Your Retail Business Model? Consider This Your WARN-ing

by Fisher Phillips on

Though the internet has been in our lives for decades and online retailers are hardly a new concept, many brick-and-mortar retailers continue to evaluate the risks and benefits of moving away from the shop on the corner and...more

‘Excessive’ Shipping Fees May Be Next Target of Consumer Class Actions

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Retailers offering online, telephone or catalog purchases may want to review the shipping fees charged to their customers in the wake of several class actions recently filed in California. Multiple retailers have been hit...more

Smart Store: How the Internet of Things is Changing Retail

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In the 1999 Disney Channel original movie Smart House, the Cooper family learned the dangers of living in a house that learns to cater to their every need. Less than 20 years later, Smart House seems more reality than...more

The Trend Toward Greater Integration Of Foodservice Operators In Retail Real Estate

by Cole Schotz on

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) recently released an interesting report prepared in collaboration with Jones Lange LaSalle (JLL) entitled The Successful Integration of Food & Beverage Within Retail Real...more

A Retailer’s Failure to Pay Time And A Half for Work Performed on Sundays And Holidays May Violate Massachusetts’ Payment of Wages...

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Massachusetts law requires most retail employers to pay employees time and a half for work performed on Sundays and certain holidays. In a case of first impression, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge recently held that...more

Dynamic Pricing: Is “Surge” Pricing Coming to Retail?

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

One of the biggest trends in retail today is dynamic pricing, where retailers can quickly change prices based on data-driven algorithms that incorporate demand, inventory, and competitors’ prices. This pricing technique...more

The Rise of Concierge Retail

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Retailers have always had to balance a number of different competing factors in order to stay competitive, including location, marketing and convenience. As discussed in this space, in today’s market, many retailers are...more

The Plastic Bag Ban: How Does Rapidly Changing Environmental Regulation Impact Your Business’s Expansion?

“Disposable” plastic bags have become a ubiquitous element of retail shopping over the past several decades, with most consumers barely thinking about the volume or impact of their use and disposal. Thin plastic bags have...more

Taking the Stress Out of Distress for Retailers by Looking for Expansion Opportunities

by Bryan Cave on

Despite the downturn in many retail sectors, retailers should not automatically adopt a “glass half empty approach” but instead view the impending cycle as creating opportunities for companies in both the U.S. and...more

Tenant Relocation and Thinking Outside the (Big) Box

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Retail shopping center growth has hit a big speed bump coming in to the 2017 New Year as increasing vacancy rates persist in many U.S. shopping centers. Big-box retailer Sports Authority announced in 2016 that it would close...more

When in Rome: Our Take on the ICSC OAC (Open Air Summit)

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

We know from our high school history lessons that large scale public shopping centers have been around since the days of the Roman Empire, if not before. The fabled open air markets of cities like Istanbul and Damascus still...more

5 Key Takeaways: Doing Business in California

In the recent webinar, “Doing Business in California”, Kilpatrick Townsend partner Nancy Stagg provided an overview of the current California consumer class action and regulatory landscape for retailers and other consumer...more

Leveraging Digital Tech to Make Brick and Mortar Retail A Destination

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

With a growing percentage of retail sales shifting online, brick-and-mortar retailers are adopting novel approaches to enrich the experience of avisit to their stores. In some cases, stores are using novel technologies...more

A Host of Biometric Privacy/Facial Recognition Bills Currently Circulating in State Legislatures

We’ve written extensively about the numerous lawsuits, dismissals and settlements surrounding the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). The statute, generally speaking, prohibits an entity from collecting,...more

The Ascendency of Accessibility: Surge in Website Lawsuits Continues

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The proliferation of accessibility lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has not abated. It is well-documented that ADA-related litigation increased by 37% from 2015 to 2016, which is...more

Polish DPA Releases Data Privacy Inspection Plans – Targets Health, Shopping

by Hogan Lovells on

The Polish Data Protection Authority (GIODO) has just released its inspection plans for 2017. This year, the GIODO has decided to target its review of compliance with data protection laws on the health services and consumer...more

ICSC Mid-Atlantic Conference & Deal Making Recap

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

With seemingly all of the country’s attention focused on Washington DC lately, we snuck out of the District and across the Potomac River to National Harbor last week for ICSC’s 2017 Mid-Atlantic Conference and Deal Making....more

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