Directory of Major Malls
Directory of Major Malls

DMM Retail Industry e-News Issue #196

Pandora Serenades Ulta Beauty… Distribution Centers Core of Apple Retail Stores… Checking Out Smoked Meat Scented Play-Doh

musicIt’s the Ultimate Concert for the Eyes: Pandora Serenades Ulta Beauty

We’ve heard a lot about using technology to drive customers to stores and to make purchases. Now a beauty retailer is teaming up with a music streaming service to sell make-up and other beauty products. You heard that right. According to a recent post from Pandora on, Ulta Beauty, the largest beauty retailer in the U.S., is using a unique, hyper-personalized intelligent ad technology from Pandora to increase sales among specific demographics. “Ulta Beauty opted to leverage location, date, and time of day data to engage listeners at relevant moments before the holidays. It also used Pandora’s multicultural demo as a data signal to reach its audiences with an added layer of personalization. The technology…[gets] get a particular message just right for each listener,” writes Pandora’s Claire Fanning, VP of Ad Innovation Strategy. It’s music for the eyes.

Distribution Centers Found at the Core of Apple Retail Stores

grocery storeWe all want to know the future…and we can try, but it’ll certainly be interesting how 2021 fares compared to 2020. Grocery stores could be different. Very different. In a recent post on, Peter Sheldon, the senior director of strategy at Adobe, a web analytics technology provider, suggested that delivery is becoming the new normal, and fulfillment hubs will eclipse storefronts. “Apple is another retailer that recently started taking advantage of its retail stores, turning them into distribution centers for faster shipping of products to consumers. Although this trend predates the pandemic and is a part of a broader shift, it’s clear that COVID-19 and the resulting uptick in ecommerce are accelerating the move,” Sheldon said. Sheldon also suggests that in 2021, new store designs will take advantage of new shopping patterns, and online shopping and pre-shopping will become even more personalized.

If You’re Checking Out Smoked Meat Scented Play-Doh, You Probably Miss the Mall

play-dohYour humble e-newsletter editor can remember a day when the only entertainment at a mall was either a rocking horse or car ride for a quarter, a video arcade, or his own imagination. He’d hide under racks of clothing and pretend there were evil henchmen afoot, and sometimes just a plastic hangar was one’s only defense. So, it was with some curiosity that (it smells not like kid Play-Doh, but like adult stuff…lattes, fresh-cut grass and smoked meats – he kids you not (in that same article, scroll down a little to read about “Stores as Shipping Hubs”). Malls are doing the same, in their attempts to lure Americans out of their homes (safely), as many of them are just plain bored and can’t watch Netflix for another five hours tonight…they just CAN’T! And though he’s an avid skier, and doesn’t live too far, he hasn’t yet tried the indoor ski “resort” at (no, it’s not real snow) in East Rutherford, NJ, but he applauds the effort being made to get us off our duffs.

Spotlight Listing
Spotlight Listing

Allen Premium Outlets

820 West Stacy Rd
Allen, TX 75013


Gross Leaseable Retail Area
544,769 sq. ft.

Year Opened

Premium Outlets | Simon


Retailers Include
Journeys, TOMS, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Talbots, Nautica Factory Store, Crewcuts, OshKosh B'gosh, Guess?, Polo Ralph Lauren, Great American Cookies, Yumilicious, Movado, bareMinerals, Coach, Fossil, TUMI


Allen Premium Outlets, North Dallas’ premier shopping destination, conveniently located just north of Dallas, recently completed an expansion offering shoppers more retailers and added amenities. Allen Premium Outlets serves a primary market population of 3,975,878 with an average household income of $97,046.

“Medtails” Increase Visibility at Shopping Centers Nationwide

Did you know “medtails” (medical retail — walk-in clinics that offer various medical services) have established significant inroads and staying power in shopping centers across the country? Medical clinics at malls have risen by almost 60% since 2017. Learn more about these insights on our blog.

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