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FE FROM THE EDITOR Survival of the Fitting 11262 Cornell Park Drive Cincinnati, OH 45242 P: 513.421.2050 | F: 513.421.5144 vmsd@stmediagroup.com | VMSD.com Online, offline, the store concept keeps hanging in there. Back and forth, the discussion goes, about just what impact the Internet is having on traditional in-store retailing. When the conversation began in the late 1990s, we were all suddenly talking about “kiosks” and “bricks and mortar.” I never took an official survey, but my guess is this industry used the word “kiosk” more in 1998, 1999 and 2000 than it had in all the intervening 100 years since the William McKinley administration. Online was going to be the death of stores. Consumers loved the idea of shopping in their pajamas. Not so fast, consumers also loved the idea of touching, feeling and trying on merchandise. And so it raged. Consumers, said the bricks-and-mortar crowd, needed to push away from their laptops and experience social interaction in the store. Shoppers were wary of putting their credit card numbers and other personal data into an impersonal Internet site. Shoppers were afraid of late deliveries, incorrect deliveries, no deliveries. Chill, said the Internet geeks – sorry, engineers – we’ve taken measures to make all this confidential stuff perfectly secure. (Right!) And deliveries will be accurate and on time. (Right again!) Retail sales did suffer, but there was this recession thing going on, too. And deliveries were largely reliable, except for the ones that weren’t. In 2007, Andy Dunn, who started the Internet-only apparel company Bonobos, said, “We keep men out of retail stores when we know that men fundamentally don’t enjoy shopping.” Four years later, Dunn has six stores – you know, the bricks-andmortar kind – around the country. He’s planning more. “I was pretty puritanical about e-commerce only,” he told Stephanie Clifford of The New York Times. But, he said, he found that about half of his potential customer base wouldn’t order apparel online because they wanted “to feel the merchandise.” Really? I always thought retailers just told themselves that. It’s not just Dunn, either. Etsy and  eBay are testing temporary stores. Warby Parker, the online eyeglass brand, will soon open a physical location. And we all know about Piperlime, the Gap start-up that was online-only for six years until it opened a store in SoHo last year. Dunn insists it’s a changing retail model. Well, welcome to our world. The model has been changing – innovating, responding, reacting – for more than 100 years. Because that’s what we do. 4 MARCH 2013 | vmsd.com EDITORIAL Managing Editor Robin Donovan robin.donovan@stmediagroup.com Senior Art Director Kimberly Pegram kim.pegram@stmediagroup.com Assistant Editor Carly Hagedon carly.hagedon@stmediagroup.com Editor at Large Steve Kaufman steve.kaufman@stmediagroup.com New York Editor Eric Feigenbaum European Editor John Ryan, London SALES Publisher U.S. / Canada Murray Kasmenn murray.kasmenn@stmediagroup.com P: 770.578.2577 Business Development Manager International Patricia Iannelli patricia.iannelli@stmediagroup.com Via G. Rossini 16, 21100 Varese, Italy P: +39.0332.240285 Publishing Assistant Christine Lewis christine.lewis@stmediagroup.com P: 770.874.7834 C O R P O R AT E President Tedd Swormstedt Senior VP Content Steve Duccilli Audience Development Director Christine Baloga Production Coordinator Keri Harper Book Division Director Mark Kissling Reprint Information 800-925-1110, ext. 399 SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES P.O. Box 1060 / Skokie, IL 60076 P: (847) 763-4938 / F: (847) 763-9030 VMSD@halldata.com http://www.VMSD.com http://www.vmsd.com

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VMSD - March 2013
Contents
From the Editor
VMSD Editorial Advisory Board
The Goods
Sushi Stunner
Jump Start
American Dream
Balance Beam
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Showroom
Ad Index
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