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Blockchain Technology Brings Transparency to Grocery Retail

Consumers’ increasing demand for transparency has played an influential role today in everything from design and packaging to in-store signage and product information. While most…

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Mobile Kiosk
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A Taste of Tech: Is Your Restaurant Ready?

The first restaurant POS system was introduced in 1973, back of house management technologies were implemented somewhere around the mid 90’s, and online table reservations…

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OSU Design Students
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Rethinking the Purpose of Retail with Retail’s Future Designers

Columbus is a hub for retail, and as such we at Chute Gerdeman know the importance to support and foster the education of the next…

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Fresh Produce
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Whole Foods’ National Scale vs. Kroger’s Local Sourcing

After Amazon acquired Whole Foods last summer many analysts speculated on the strategic implications of the merger. Most indications pointed towards reduced prices, but most…

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Retail Interior
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An Inclusive Retail Movement

Food has always signified a unifying factoring by being able to not only bring together individuals from different cultures, races, but also communities and genders.…

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Fine Dining
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Redefining the Fine Dining Restaurant Experience

From mobile apps to online ordering and delivery, not to mention cashless concepts and kiosks, the QSR and fast casual categories have been doing their…

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Interior at Beefsteak
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The Rise of the Fast Casual Food Nation

Americans will always have an affinity for fast food as the quick service channel serves the need for convenience, but as consumers are willing to…

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Burger and Fries from Tasty Made
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Tasty Re-Made With Top Chef Richard Blais

While a slew of fast casual and QSR brands have been busy creating the next Chipotle, it seems as though the build-your-own burrito brand hasn’t…

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2018 TRENDS
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A Look Forward: Retail, Restaurant, and Consumer Trends of 2018

With online only brands now expanding to physical spaces, and restaurateurs embracing and integrating technology at rapid speeds, the industry as a whole is as…

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Express Pop Up
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Express “What You Want” Holiday Pop-Up

Looking for all that glitters? You can find it in downtown Columbus! It’s no secret that we have many great brands in our backyard, but…

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Queso Doesn’t Cut It: QSR Brands Should Invest in Experiences

Let’s Go Big A few months ago, once-mighty Chipotle announced the addition of hot liquid cheese to its menu, hoping it would guide the company…

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Vertical Garden
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In the Mood for Smarter Food

As the projected population is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, food production, consumption, transparency, and access have become hot topics. Through science, technology,…

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Snowe Home Soho
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Direct-to-Consumer Brand Snowe Designs an Immersive Retail Experience

Just in time for holiday season, home essentials brand Snowe opened a pop-up location in SoHo New York. I can say firsthand it’s worth the…

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Wendy's
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The Future of Retail and Fast Food: Built in Ohio

In the face of competition from ecommerce and a fundamental shift in consumer shopping behavior, experimentation has taken on new sense of urgency. Retailers are…

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Interior of the Hyundai Card Library
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Intellectual Enrichment and the In-Store Experience

72% of consumers say they would like to increase their spending on experiences rather than physical things next year, pointing away from materialism, and a…

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Stripes & Laredo
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CG Talks with FE&S Magazine About Prototype Design

Looking to gain insight on the direction of prototype design in the foodservice industry, FE&S Magazine sought out perspectives from Chute Gerdeman’s Account Director of…

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Phil Wilson
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Behind New Business: Phil Wilson Talks Partnership

With a seasoned agency background on both the client engagement and consumer engagement sides, how do you see your experience benefitting the Chute Gerdeman team?…

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Denny Gerdeman
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Denny Gerdeman Inducted Into the 2017 Shop! Hall of Fame

Chute Gerdeman’s very own, Denny Gerdeman, has been given the great honor of being inducted to the 2017 Shop! Hall of Fame. Shop! is a…

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Shaw Contract Carpet
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Production + Process: A Tour of Shaw Contract

We recently had the incredible opportunity to visit Shaw Contract, a division of Shaw Industries, in Cartersville, GA. With one of the most diverse product…

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Future Retail: Facts, Myths, and a Path Forward

Future Retail: Facts, Myths, and a Path Forward CHUTE GERDEMAN  //  REPORT Are you overwhelmed by the seemingly never ending reports of the upcoming retail…

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Neom Organics store
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Retail Designs a Future of Health & Wellness

Consumers today, with our young Millennials leading the way, are placing more value on health and wellness. In fact, the global wellness industry grew 10.6%…

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Missguided Fitting Rooms
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Socializing the Store Space

For today’s youth, social media is much more than a medium to share photos; it’s an extension of their identities. When we look at it…

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Hai Poke Bowl
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Fast Casual’s Biggest Food Trend, Poké, Marinates in the Midwest

The hottest cold food trend and current phenomenon in the fast casual industry is poke. Pronounced ‘po-kay,’ it means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian.…

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Academy 8 Conference
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Ali Goes to Italy for Academy Day #8 Conference

A year ago, I studied in Italy at SOA (State of Art) and attended a class specifically focused on Architectural Visualization. Every year my school…

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Skyline of Columbus Ohio
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Columbus: A City Designed for “US”

Brand development is one of the most critical aspects in the evocation of any feeling behind a company, person, or – in this case –…

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The Gist Summer-ish 2017 Issue

Announcement Toast
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A Closer Look: FCB/RED + Chute Gerdeman

In August, FCB Chicago took a leap forward in building its business offering with the acquisition of Chute Gerdeman. FCB/RED will now align its award-winning…

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Amazon Pick Up
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Amazon Instant Pickup Caters to the College Campus Consumer

It’s been a whirlwind year for Amazon and they continue to take big steps in retail, becoming one of the most influential companies around the…

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French Quarter
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IRDC: Retail Recap from the Big Easy

VMSD’s International Retail and Design Conference (IRDC) never ceases to lack in energy and inspiration, especially with the perfect backdrop of the one-of-a-kind city of…

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Paper Lighting
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Let There Be LightArt

Last month, Chuties got a chance to meet LightArt’s Leslie Simpson and were designated with a challenge to be inspired. A choice of paper, workstation,…

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Grown in Walmart
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Walmart’s New Grown Up Fast Food Offer

Over the last decade the grocery and supermarket scene has seen quite a shift in the physical store makeup. From health clinics to coffee shops…

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FCB Chicago Acquires Chute Gerdeman

FCB Chicago Acquires Design Agency Chute Gerdeman FCB Chicago Acquires Design Agency Chute Gerdeman to Expand Retail Division The combined teams will now provide an…

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Fusian Employees
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Ones to Watch: Fast Casual Restaurants in the Fast Lane for Growth

You’ve heard the news, the sky is falling on the fast casual segment and it’s doomed. The reality is that the fast casual category is…

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Merchandise Display
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From URL to IRL, Everlane Opens “The Lab”

With frustration and the lack of innovation in the retail space, founder Michael Preysman set out to challenge conventions with the creation of Everlane in…

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Retail Summit Attendees
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Retail Summit 2017: Smart City. Smart Retail.

We hear from clients and people all over the retail industry, why Columbus? Well, little do they know that Columbus is a true retail hub.…

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Line Friends NYC Interior
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LINE FRIENDS is Larger Than Life at Retail

Who could forget faces like these? It was pretty easy to be charmed by these friendly mugs, and our team immediately fell for the LINE FRIENDS family…

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City Kitchen
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The Best of NYC Restaurants at Home in City Kitchen

As more and more consumers search for convenient but quality food options on the go, food halls have been popping up across the country. Interestingly…

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Food Trends
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Food & Restaurant Trends Hot From Technomic 2017

Recently Technomic hosted their 16th Annual Restaurant Trends & Directions Conference in Chicago, and there was a lot to cover as restaurants are looking for market indicators, hot growth opportunities,…

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Entrance
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First Look: Lidl Lands in the U.S.

If you haven’t heard, Lidl has landed. The German discount supermarket chain is the fifth-largest retailer in the world with 10,000 stores in 27 countries…

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Inside IKEA: Columbus, Ohio

Last month Swedish home store IKEA opened it’s second Ohio location in Columbus, Ohio. Built on 33 acres of the northeastern corner of the city,…

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What’s Your Customer’s Time Worth?

WHAT’S YOUR CUSTOMER’S TIME WORTH? A Chute Gerdeman Consumer Report DEFINING CONVENIENCE FOR BRANDS IN TODAY’S MARKETPLACE Think about your typical day. Not so typical, right?…

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Flagship Store New York
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Canada Goose Migrates South to Expand Its Retail Presence

After more than 60 years of success with wholesale distribution and ecommerce, luxury, outdoor apparel brand, Canada Goose, decided the logical next step was brick-and-mortar.…

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Tory Sport Flagship
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Tory Burch Blends Fashion and Sport with Athleisure Flagship

While retail as a whole seems to be falling flat, the Athleisure category is still heating up. Morgan Stanley predicts that, by 2020, activewear will…

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Flagship Store
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M.Gemi Drives Online Sales With Brick-and-Mortar

Luxury footwear brand, M.Gemi has taken a page from some of the industry’s best online, direct-to-consumer brands like Warby Parker, Everlane, and Bonobos. With a…

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A San Francisco Snapshot: Exploring Retail by the Bay

Home to some of the world’s best technology startups, the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, Painted Ladies, Cable Cars and the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco…

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Pop-Up
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Louis Vuitton X Jeff Koons Pop-Up in NYC

Located on Madison Avenue just across from Barney’s, Louis Vuitton opened up an exclusive pop-up in collaboration with Jeff Koons. Well known for his balloon…

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Fresh Eats MKT Exterior
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Kroger Unveils a Fresh New Convenience Store Concept

Do you ever find yourself in need of a last minute ingredient for a tasty dish you’re preparing for dinner? Perhaps you forgot to pick…

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“The food concepts that have momentum are doing 4 key things…”

What’s driving restaurant concepts to evolve? Insights from Chute Gerdeman With a focused eye on what makes the customer experience work for brands and guests,…

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Store of the Future
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Augmented Retail: Bridging the Online and Offline Experience

In 2008, Portuguese founder José Neves launched Farfetch as an ecommerce portal for luxury brands and boutiques to elevate their online presence and maintain their independent retail…

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