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Ingvar Kamprad, the visionary founder of IKEA, died in January at age 91. While many of us connect Kamprad to the iconic IKEA brand, few of us know that he also was instrumental in transforming the housing industry. Kamprad, along with the international construction firm Skanska, created a new way of producing living spaces for the masses.

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Renaissance in Retail - Sport Chek Delivers With Award-Winning Store Design

When Sport Chek, Canada’s largest sports retailer, expanded and redesigned its flagship store at the Yorkdale Shopping Center in Toronto, it created a shopping experience exemplifying what is necessary to thrive in today’s retail economy.

The brick-and-mortar store is a critical component of the omnichannel experience expected by tech-savvy consumers. It uses best-in-class technological features to seamlessly blend in-store and digital shopping, creating an “endless aisle approach.”

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A whole new experience - Retailers find innovative ways to capture consumer attention

Bricks or clicks?

In the evolving world of retail, savvy businesses know it’s not just one or the other that boosts their bottom lines.

Instead, those retailers are using bricks and mortar and online shopping in tandem, often employing experiential retail as a powerful way to provide consumers with personal, engaging experiences.

Often referred to as experiential retail, shopping, buying or purchasing, it’s a concept that typically involves a store in which consumers do more than buy. Through a store’s engaging and interactive design, often including panel-based fixtures and casegoods, customers experience a brand or product and therefore create a memory that fosters a strong relationship with the retailer.

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Disruption = Opportunity - Renowned ‘Chief Disruptor’ Wujec Headlines 2018 Material, Technology & Design Symposium

When your title is “chief disruptor,” you aren’t intimidated by technologies that are permanently changing the way we conceive, design, manufacture and sell products. Instead, you embrace those technologies and see opportunities where others see threats.

Tom Wujec is chief disruptor at Autodesk—the Oscar-winning industry leader in 3D computer animation technology and one of the world’s largest software companies—and he revels in sharing today’s exciting opportunities during his celebrated talks on innovation.

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A Sense of Pride - Lockers Donated by Maco, Wilsonart Produce More than Just Better Organization for Firefighters

The volunteer fire department in Moffat, Texas, just outside of Temple has 20 spiffy new lockers and a renewed sense of pride, thanks to the community spirit and generosity of Maco Manufacturing and Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces. The lockers are made of attractive and durable thermally fused laminate (TFL) and utilize coordinated edgebanding.

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High expectations - Lionesque’s pop-up stores help redefine retail

Given that pop-up stores are quickly assembled and short term by definition, you might think that customer expectations for them would be lower than they are for more permanent retail locations. You would be wrong. In fact, customer expectations are higher for pop-ups.

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Kings Mountain International stands alone as press plate manufacturer

As the only press plate manufacturer for the decorative surfaces industry in the Western Hemisphere, Kings Mountain International takes its position seriously. Not only does KMI invest in state-of-the-art equipment and rebuilds to meet the market’s continually changing demands, but the company prides itself on being at the cutting edge of product innovation.

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Curve appeal - Winning entry in Formica competition designed to give illusion of movement from all angles

An inventive chair designed to give the illusion of movement from every angle is the grand-prize winner in Formica Corp’s 2018 FORM Student Innovation Competition. Rachel Marie Thompson, a student at Michael Graves College at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, took top honors with her “Deflextion” design, which uses three Formica laminates: Bright White, Graphite Grafix and Black.

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