Buxton and Marriott Speak at Wharton
April 16, 2014

Photo Courtesy of WCAI Recently, representatives from Buxton and our client, Marriott, visited Wharton as part of the Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative Executive in Residence series. The series brings leaders in the field of customer analytics to meet with students Read on! →

What You Need To Know About Millennial Teens
April 15, 2014

For good reason, Millennials have been called the largest and most influential generation of consumers ever. The some 80 million Millennials born between the years 1980 and 2000, or those between 14 and 34 years of age, will spend more Read on! →

7 Reasons Why In-Store Shopping Will Never Die
April 10, 2014

Yes, yes, I know. The retail landscape is shifting, and as our world becomes more digital, so does our shopping experience. Many have predicted the death of brick and mortar stores and the rise of e-commerce as online sales have Read on! →

The 3 Most Important Analytics Questions
April 8, 2014

Every executive of every business has an interest in growth, innovation and sustained success, but while this concept is hardly novel, it is more complex than many imagine or care to recognize. Today, almost every retailer is collecting data, but Read on! →

Social Media’s Influence on How Millennials Shop
April 1, 2014

The elusive Millennial generation is bigger and harder to win over than previous generations. They march to a different tune, one which has been influenced by the fact that they have grown up with technology as a pacifier. Their mindset Read on! →

5 Reasons Why Millennials Love Fast Casual Pizza

  Just like better burger and better sandwich concepts, the better pizza category is captivating the elusive Millennial generation’s attention – but what’s the allure of this made-to-order pizza segment?   Quick and Easy: Millennials, known for their busy schedules Read on! →

Fast Casual Pizza’s Dough is Rising
March 25, 2014

  The fast casual pizza boom, featuring customized, artisan-style pizzas made in less than 5 minutes, continues to gain momentum in 2014 with more players entering the field every day. In this round-up, we give you the meatiest factoids about Read on! →

Step Inside Buxton with Bill Stinneford
March 24, 2014

Learn more about how Buxton serves clients in the retail, restaurant, healthcare, and public sectors in this video published by the Fort Worth Business Press. Produced by Creative Ammo Media.  

Pizza – The Next Hot Concept for Fast Casual
March 20, 2014

With more than 65,000 units and $40 billion in annual U.S. sales, the fast casual pizza segment is becoming the new darling of the restaurant industry. New players are rapidly entering this growing segment – it’s estimated that 10% of Read on! →

The Fast Casual Restaurant Survival Guide
March 18, 2014

Did you know that because of historically high levels of pent-up demand among consumers, restaurant industry sales are expected to hit a record high of $683.4 billion in 2014? That’s an increase of 3.6% from 2013. This continued expansion and Read on! →

Step Inside Buxton
March 14, 2014

Buxton has much to celebrate in its 20th year. In this video published by the Fort Worth Business Press, Tom Buxton, founder and CEO of the Buxton Company, talks about who we are, what we have accomplished, and what the Read on! →

Why Is Fast Casual Breakfast Becoming So Popular?
March 13, 2014

Gradually, traditional daypart designations are fading in the face of a changing employment landscape, a 24-hour culture and altered eating habits. Fast casual restaurants are adding breakfast dayparts and expanding menu options. This category is thriving even as overall restaurant Read on! →

Don’t Fail When Expanding North
March 11, 2014

Canada is becoming a top market for expansion outside of the U.S. with a shift in new retail construction across the country. For many retailers, they feel that they have almost reached saturation in the U.S. market, and moving north Read on! →

Turn Big Data Into Answers, Not Headaches
March 6, 2014

Recently QSR Magazine published a column titled “Avoiding Big Data’s Big Headaches.” The article begins by exploring the fact that every executive has an interest in growth, innovation and sustained success, but that while the concept is hardly novel, it Read on! →

Canada: A New Frontier for U.S. Retailers
March 4, 2014

The Canadian retail market is on the edge of a major change. U.S. retailers are driving a steady retail boom in Canada as they are lured in by the untapped potential in emerging markets, higher retail productivity rates and an Read on! →

Fast Casual Fast Facts For 2014
February 27, 2014

  2014 will mark the fifth consecutive year that the fast casual segment’s growth in traffic will surpass that of every other restaurant segment. As this segment continues its meteoric rise, take a peek at these pint-sized factoids to help Read on! →

The Top 40 Growth Markets for Fast Casual Restaurants
February 26, 2014

In 2010, QSR magazine began to analyze the nation’s top markets to identify and rank the top 40 markets that were best poised for restaurant growth and unit expansion. The results are based on historical information from CREST reports (reports Read on! →

Franchise Round-Up
February 21, 2014

  Going into IFA’s Annual Convention this weekend, we wanted to re-post our recent series of blogs on franchising, just in case you missed one.     The Number 1 Reason That A Franchise Fails: Franchise businesses are expected to Read on! →

The Top 5 Franchise Industries To Watch
February 19, 2014

The companies that ranked in Entrepreneur’s 35th annual Franchise 500 added a total of 8,725 U.S. franchise units between 2012 and 2013 – a 51% increase over the previous year’s growth. And that growth is not just contained to the Read on! →

The Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America
February 14, 2014

To help all the diners get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day and attempt to make last minute restaurant reservations, OpenTable has announced the 2014 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America.   The awards Read on! →

Whatever You Do, Don’t Look Down
February 11, 2014

This restaurant franchise is taking the meaning of going out to dinner to new heights. Dinner in the Sky, a Belgium-based company, suspends up to 22 diners on open-air tables, each weighing nearly seven tons, 180 feet above ground.   Read on! →

15 Franchise Stats For 2014
February 6, 2014

  Want some factoids to inform your franchise growth strategy in 2014? Take a peek at these stats below to help inform your franchising decisions this year:   Franchises are expected to add nearly 200,000 new jobs in 2014. Source Read on! →

The 6 Things Franchisors Need to Know
February 4, 2014

While the last few years have been challenging for almost every industry – starting or expanding a business is a natural desire for many, but finding the right formula in today’s market is no easy feat. These days, the old Read on! →

Neglecting Your Franchisees Is Bad For Your Health
January 31, 2014

As you know, it’s a competitive market for franchisees. And not just for their industry-specific operations, but with internal corporate competition for resources and attention. Franchisees know that they have a higher likelihood of failing if they are poorly managed Read on! →

The Top 5 Things Franchisors Should Do To Ensure Growth
January 29, 2014

Franchise companies need to make sure they are taking the right steps to succeed in the current retail environment while laying the foundation for future growth. But with a constantly changing retail landscape and shifting consumer preferences, it’s hard to Read on! →

Chain Store Age, Buxton Talk Real Estate Tech and Trends
January 27, 2014

Chain Store Age senior editor Katherine Boccaccio recently discussed real estate tech and trends with Stephen Polanski, Buxton’s senior VP of sales, at the NRF convention in New York City. Watch the full interview below.

Fort Worth Capitalizes On Outlet Mall Boom
January 24, 2014

We’ve discussed how outlet malls are experiencing a renaissance of sorts, not only due to retailers’ attraction to low operating costs and low rents, but because of a fundamental change in consumer behavior. Due to this resurgence, outlet malls are Read on! →

Buxton Celebrates 20 Years of Big Answers
January 23, 2014

FORT WORTH, TEXAS, (January 23, 2014) — In 2014, Buxton, the industry leader in customer analytics, is celebrating 20 years of providing big answers from big data. The company has been at the forefront of advanced analytics technology since its Read on! →

The Number 1 Reason That A Franchise Fails
January 22, 2014

According to the International Franchise Association Educational Foundation, franchise businesses are expected to grow faster and create more jobs than the rest of the economy in 2014. In order to capitalize on the franchise sectors continued boom and maximize their Read on! →

Buxton’s 2014 Retail Real Estate Outlook
January 16, 2014

The retail industry’s evolution has accelerated over the last decade, as brick and mortar retailers face competition from online retailers and consumers continue to demand new ways of interacting with brands. Nowhere are these changes more apparent than in retailers’ Read on! →

How Showrooming Can Help Brick and Mortar Retailers
January 13, 2014

For years, brick and mortar retailers pretended showrooming didn’t exist. But with the explosion of the smartphone, online shopping – and, well, Amazon – retailers had no choice but to admit and accept that the phenomenon did exist. From that Read on! →

Malls Aren’t Dead, They’re Evolving
January 8, 2014

Changes are afoot for traditional suburban malls that are anchored by big-box chains and department stores. With years of declining interest in the enclosed mall, real estate developers and mall operators are following the trend of lifestyle centers and are Read on! →

Grocery Stores Innovate To Protect & Recapture Sales
January 2, 2014

It’s been said that in business, the only thing constant is change. And for the grocery industry, it’s certainly a commodity of which there is no shortage on the road ahead. A highly competitive grocery space is challenging grocery retailers Read on! →

Outlet Malls Boost Local Economy and Tourism
December 19, 2013

It wasn’t long ago when outlet malls were thought of as a place to buy slightly damaged goods, cheap knock-off brands and other items that simply couldn’t sell in traditional retail stores and malls. But as discussed in an earlier Read on! →

Retail Store Growth in 2013
December 17, 2013

Buxton’s Retail Client Real Estate Evaluations and Store Openings in 2013 Buxton’s retail clients were busy in 2013. This map reflects the more than 80,000 sites in the U.S. that were evaluated (red dots) and the more than 7,500 stores Read on! →

How Apparel Retailers Adapt to a Digital Shopping World
November 21, 2013

Each of today’s biggest retail buzzwords, “showrooming,” “omni-channel,” “experiential retail,” all come down to essentially the same thing: the role of the store is evolving and adapting to a new reality. And it’s nothing new to retailers that the rise Read on! →

Retail White Space Analysis – How it Works

Ever wanted to know more about how a retail white space analysis works? Buxton recently spoke to BMO Capital Markets, a member of BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO), regarding our retail white space analysis – or US growth potential Read on! →

Buxton Featured in Dartmouth Report on Big Data
October 16, 2013

Last year, Buxton CEO and President Tom Buxton was a featured speaker at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business as part of the Britt Technology Impact series. The series theme for the year was Big Data, and Buxton shared insights on Read on! →

2013 Fast Casual Restaurant Industry Report
October 3, 2013

Fast Casual is the hottest segment of the restaurant industry right now, and is poised to continue its rapid growth. Where does the industry currently stand? What challenges do Fast Casual operators face? How can these challenges be combated using Read on! →

WSS: An Urban Success Story
October 2, 2013

Learn more about how WSS found new opportunities in the Los Angeles market by using customer analytics to better understand their Hispanic customer base.

The First Step is Admitting You Have a Data Problem.
August 27, 2013

The demand for customer analytics has never been higher for retailers across every industry. Decision makers are focusing conversations on how they can turn big data into answers in order to improve the bottom line and enhance the customer experience. Read on! →

Big Data: Improving Shopper Marketing for Grocers
August 22, 2013

Recently, Retail Leader published a column titled “Pulling More Meaning From Big Data.” In it, they explored the ways food retailers and manufacturers are gradually harnessing the power of big data to drive loyalty marketing programs, optimize product mixes at Read on! →