By on November 25th, 2015 | Comment on this post

From sprawling suburban supercenters and warehouse clubs to shops and stalls on city streets, retail space has always been varied. But as urban lifestyles move further beyond the limits of traditional cities and prime real estate gets harder to find and more expensive to rent, many food retailers are turning to concepts meant for smaller spaces and more specific consumer groups.

Last year, six of the top 10 fastest-growing retail banners were small-box store formats such as CityTarget and Wal-Mart’s Neighborhood Market, according to a report from Planet Retail, and smaller-format stores remain one of the key trends in retail this year, commercial real estate lawyer Craig Swanson told GlobeSt.

“Challenged by local jurisdictions trying to curb sprawl, retailers are adapting to these economic, demographic and regulatory changes by moving away from their prototypical stores and developing smaller formats for infill locations,” he said. “This trend will have broad-reaching effects for urban consumers, local governments and CRE companies alike, providing consumers with more diverse shopping options closer to home.”

For Wal-Mart, establishing a smaller-urban footprint is already paying off.…

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By on November 25th, 2015 | Comment on this post

How important is the parent voice when it comes to preparing students for college and career? Are parents participating in these programs, or are they spectators? And what resources are families relying on to get information and make decisions? We posed these questions to SmartBrief on EdTech readers this month to get a sense of how this is working in their schools and districts.

Thirty-eight percent of readers’ schools and districts actively involve parents in these programs, while 18% work exclusively with parents. Forty-four percent have hybrid programs — some that include parents, others that are geared just at students.

Teachers and school resources and events are the top information sources used by parents and families, according to our poll. Fifty-three percent of respondents rely on teachers for direction while 24% rely on school events and resources.

Take a look at the full poll results:

Does your school or district actively involve parents in college- and career-readiness programs?

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By on November 24th, 2015 | Comment on this post

How would you rate your personal integrity? On a grading scale of A (high demonstrated integrity) to F (low demonstrated integrity), what grade would you give yourself? Even more important, how would the people you live with and work with grade you?

What should one consider when rating their own or someone else’s integrity? Here’s a client’s approach to integrity, which is one of their company’s core values.

First they define integrity: “We are accountable for our actions. We do what we say we will do. We do the right thing for all concerned.”

Then they specify exactly what behaviors all leaders and team members must demonstrate to ensure they are living the company’s integrity value.

  • I hold myself accountable for my commitments and actions. I keep my promises.
  • I attack problems and processes, not people.
  • I accept responsibility and apologize if I jeopardize respect or trust.
  • I align all of my plans, decisions, and actions with my organization’s purpose, values, and behaviors.
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By Julie Lyons on November 24th, 2015 | Comment on this post

With a background in traditional CPG marketing, I used to believe that emerging brands should cast their eyes to the big guys to learn how to market their products or services successfully. Certainly, many global brands are still creating campaigns that are the envy of the industry. But more and more frequently, entrepreneurial brands are setting the gold standard for customer engagement.

In the past, major brands ruled both share of mind and share of shelf. But today, trust in traditional brands is at an all-time low. More than 50% of people say their trust in big business has declined over the past few years, according to a 2014 Harris Interactive and Nielsen study. Customers are demanding greater transparency and authenticity. Iconic brands are losing market share to emerging companies that are doing a much better job of connecting with consumers.

What is their secret? Many entrepreneurial food brands are driven by passion and fueled by a belief in a healthier (and tastier) product.…

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By on November 24th, 2015 | Comment on this post

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

Have you ever struggled with the right way to use the power of your position?

  • Never — I’ve always wielded power very responsibly: 22%
  • Sometimes — I’ve made an occasional mistake: 72%
  • Often — I have trouble wielding power appropriately: 4%
  • All the time — I tend to abuse the power of my position: 1%

The Perils of Power. Being in a leadership role brings great responsibility with the power that comes along with it. While you might not abuse your power on a regular basis, even one small slip can be devastating. To avoid those issues, be aware of the major power mistakes you can make and actively avoid them. Put policies, practices, processes, and procedures in place to maintain fairness and prevent overstepping your bounds.…

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