EuroShop starts tomorrow so you may already be en route to Düsseldorf for a few days of looking at what’s new in the world of store equipment and design and to network with those who need to be networked.

EuroShop starts tomorrow so you may already be en route to Düsseldorf for a few days of looking at what’s new in the world of store equipment and design and to network with those who need to be networked. For those who don’t make it, its influence is still likely to be felt as designers and shopfitters try to put into practice what they have seen during their visit. For the benefit of those not attending, we’ve previewed some of the probable highlights and looked at lighting in retail.

However, even without EuroShop, it’s been a busy few months both in the UK and overseas, but the highlight has probably been Inditex, which opened its 5,000th store, in Rome. This is apparently its greenest store to date and there are a host of energy-saving features built into the store. It also gives central Rome a store to be proud of, amid a broad swathe of luxury shops where the prices are much higher and which don’t look as good.

Couple all of this with a focus on visual merchandising (another major element at EuroShop) at Jack Wills and Peter Jones and an analysis of the state of play in the supermarket sector from Planet Retail and this is a full issue. The aim in the next Retail Week Interiors will be to tie up the EuroShop loose ends and to provide an analysis of the lessons that have emerged.

No magazine on retail interiors would be complete without a parting thought on how designers and the retailers they work for are faring. Currently, things seem to be in a state of flux, with the more robust organisations increasingly concentrating their energies on matters overseas: new stores and formats. It will be interesting to see if this changes during the next couple of months and whether things pick up in spite of the much talked of double-dip. Post-EuroShop we will have a clearer idea of the direction that things are taking in the world of store design.

John Ryan, Editor

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