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16 Jan 2018

Brick-and-Mortar Retail Isn’t Dead

In light of an online retail giant’s decision to open physical stores, Former Managing Director of Hames Sharley, Paul Drechsler looks to the past to discuss the new direction of the retail revolution.

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26 Nov 2017

Disrupting the retail hierarchy – It’s always been about the people…

By Rachel Seal

During the mid 20th century Australian shopping centres were developed within a retail hierarchy that was based on modern suburban family life. Today people live in apartments in the city and inner urban areas and seek their daily needs and convenience goods and services in the city.

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25 Oct 2017

A Future Family Day at their Local Shopping Destination

By Michael Cooper

At Hames Sharley we like to invest in the latest technology, which allows us to provide a better service for our clients and partners. In recent years we’ve found great benefits in using 3D printers and virtual reality hardware, but it’s our investment in a time machine that’s really allowed us to experience what life is like for communities in the future.

Here we follow the Mancio family as they set out for a day at their local shopping centre…

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26 Sep 2017

Six advantages of VR

By Michael Cooper

Hames Sharley has known for some time that VR technology would become a real game-changer within our sector, but since we initially invested in the hardware we’ve been surprised by some of the advantages that augmented reality can offer our designers and clients.

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08 Sep 2017

Would you bring your mom here..? Part 2

By David McCarroll

​In the concluding part of his essay, David McCarroll looks at some of the reasons that consumers make their choices and why this will always keep the retail centre relevant.

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13 Aug 2017

Would you bring your mom here…? Part 1

By David McCarroll

Catalogues didn’t kill the shopping centre. The rise of online retail hasn’t seen the end of bricks and mortar. In a two part observational piece, David McCarroll looks at the real problems facing retailers… complacency, and the struggle to remain relevant.

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16 Mar 2017

The Impact of a Driverless Society on Retail

By Harold Perks

It’s coming at us faster than a speeding Bugatti Veyron – the era of the autonomous car - and when this technology finally arrives the impact to retail will be immense…

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16 Mar 2017

Driving sales

By Harold Perks

Imagine this: you walk into your local retail centre, aiming to pick-out an evening gown and shoes, grab a quick chef-prepared meal for lunch, and organise your grocery drop-off to your house. Then, out of the corner of your eye, you spot the plush lounge of a major auto brand…