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May was another busy month in the retail industry so it’s no surprise that a lot of interesting and relevant articles continue to be published.  We know everyone is busy and that keeping up with the latest and greatest news can be overwhelming when you’re putting out daily fires left and right.  So, just as we did in April,  we’ve done the hard work for you and sifted through everything to find the very best and most pertinent articles from May.

Predictably, many of the top articles from this month correlate to the top trends in retail for 2017 that you and your peers voted on and that we shared a couple weeks ago.  After all, they wouldn’t be trends if they weren’t hot topics in the news.

Given all the hoopla about the demise of the retail industry, many articles are written with a negative slant.  One suggestion when reading this month’s articles: try looking at them glass half full instead of glass half empty.  For instance, there is one article about robots eliminating retail jobs.  Instead of focusing on the elimination of jobs, try to think about the exciting opportunity impact that robots could create.  Another article focuses on increased store vacancies boosting the number of pop ups.  Instead of focusing on the store vacancies, think through the creative ways to fill those vacancies.  To keep up with this optimistic approach, we even included an article talking about how the future of malls isn’t as gloomy as many people are making it out to be.

Without further adieu, check out the top five articles (in no particular order) from this past month.

  1. Robots Could Wipe Out Another 6 Million Retail Jobs (CNN)
  2. It’s More than Amazon: Why Retail is in Distress Now (CNBC)
  3. Pop Up Goes the Retail Scene as Store Vacancies Rise (New York Times)
  4. This is What Will Happen to All the Empty Stores You’re Seeing (Forbes)
  5. Shopping Mall Executives Say the Future Isn’t So Gloomy (Bloomberg)

We hope you find these articles interesting and relevant to your work.  If you come across any interesting articles in the future that you think we should highlight, please don’t hesitate to reach out and share them with us!  Also, make sure to follow LeasePilot on LinkedIn for up to the minute news and updates.

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