Starbucks Strikes Again

In 2019, Starbucks ended the year with pop-up parties, a massive new roastery and began 2020 with some exciting new menu additions. The impact? Let’s dive in to find out.

By Jocelyn Bauer on January 23, 2020

Announcing Placer.ai’s $12M In New Funding

We’re proud and excited to announce our Series A funding round of $12M, backed by JBV Capital, Aleph, Reciprocal Ventures, and OCA Ventures!

By Ofir Lemel on January 22, 2020

Placer Bytes: Kohl’s, Pier 1 and Target’s Activewear

Having CNBC’s Jim Cramer call your company ‘roadkill’ is certainly not an ideal way to start the year for Kohl’s. However, there are strong indications that the weaker than hoped for holiday period was actually a result of elements beyond the brand’s control, namely the length of the holiday season.

By Ethan Chernofsky on January 21, 2020

Drug Store Check-In

The Pharmacy sector has become one of the most interesting sectors in retail because of the expanding ambitions of some of its leading players, and the appeal from the potential entry of retail’s largest giants.

By Jocelyn Bauer on January 16, 2020

The Top Retail Holidays For Top Retailers

One of the most important factors in driving offline retail success is the ability to take advantage of holidays – or any day that creates a built-in incentive to visit a retail location.

By Ethan Chernofsky on January 14, 2020

Placer Bytes: Fast Food’s Latest

Tim Hortons is one of three key components to Restaurant Brands International alongside Burger King and Popeyes. And while the latter two have had stellar earnings, a decreased appetite for Tim Hortons has held the company back. With President Alex Mecado’s resignation announcement, there is a powerful opportunity for a turnaround.

By Ethan Chernofsky on January 13, 2020

Vegan Nation

A host of vegan restaurants have been popping up all over the country as more and more people are giving the plant-based diet a try. Veggie Grill, Loving Hut and Native Foods are among some of the more notable chains around the United States, with over 100 locations.

By Jocelyn Bauer on January 9, 2020

2020 Winners: Early, Bold Predictions

The year may have just begun, but it’s certainly never too early to make a bold prediction about the year to come. With that in mind, we’ve decided to break down some of the retail winners we’ll be talking about next December as the dominant players of the year.

By Ethan Chernofsky on January 7, 2020

Placer Bytes: Kicking Off 2020 With Bed Bath & Beyond

Happy 2020! And to ring in the new year properly, we’ve changed out Placer Bytes quite dramatically by substituting a ‘y’ for the ‘i’. How we missed this obvious pun for this long is as disappointing to us as it must be for you. But onwards into 2020 with this critical error finally corrected. 

By Ethan Chernofsky on January 6, 2020

Black Friday Shopping Center Index

When it comes to Black Friday, we love to discuss retailers. But what about the shopping centers and malls that house them? With Black Friday 2019 behind us, and the holidays just around the corner, we dove into some of the top-performing shopping centers to see who came out on top during Black Friday and whether the lessons from retail applied to the centers as well.

By Tali Rozenman on December 23, 2019

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