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Is This the Start of Better Airport Shopping in the U.S.? - WSJ
By Scott McCartney
March 14, 2018

In the age of online shopping, retailers are finding that airports can take some of the sting out of declining mall traffic. Travelers have time to kill [JCK: "downtime"] and money to spend when they’re captive inside airport security. Major airports around the world, from Singapore to Dubai, London to Beijing, have essentially become shopping malls with gates.......Airports like duty-free shops because they get a cut of the revenue; luxury-goods makers like the chance to interact in person with shoppers; and customers like the convenience, savings and opportunity for capricious purchases.....“The variety is good,” he says. “I don’t know if the prices are good, but the convenience is.”

Name-brand cosmetics and perfumes especially can be cheaper at the airport, with special packages, quantities and, for some brands, unique products. Other items can be hit and miss.....Airport customer research showed a hunger for high-end retail catering to expense-account business travelers and vacationers dubbed “indulgent explorers,” who are willing to spend on unique items, especially local brands. .......Moët Hennessy, the Paris-based maker of Champagne and cognac, has a boutique in the Dallas duty-free store where it does tastings of rare editions—a spot of cognac before boarding. The unit of luxury-goods conglomerate LVMH sees airport retail as a chance to educate consumers about its brand. ....DFW's duty free mall store has no doors; travelers just wander through. Brands have their own areas, creating a boutique feel. There is some seating upstairs on an open, second level designed for events such as tastings, entertainment and parties that will lure curious passengers.

While online retailing has curtailed some airport retail business, companies say they are still seeing growth—stronger than other traditional venues like malls or Main Streets.
airports  brands  convenience  downtime  duty-free  glamour  high-end  luxury  LVMH  retailers  travel 
march 2018 by jerryking
Spirits Makers Replace Bartender With Convenience - WSJ.com
APRIL 2, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by DAVID KESMODEL

Liquor giants are rolling out pre-mixed products to entice
recession-weary Americans to serve more cocktails at home, aware that
many drinkers don't want to fuss with mixing drinks themselves. At the
same time, liquor makers seek to address a shift by consumers toward
entertaining at home more and visiting bars less.
liquor  disruption  cocktails  home_based  convenience 
april 2009 by jerryking

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