Live Beta of Android Version of QuantumListing

 30th December 2015    

indexA live Beta version of QuantumListing is now available on the Google Play store. You can download it by clicking HERE. There are a few bugs still to be worked out, but to the extent that people are willing to try this work in progress, it will help us further identify any issues. The app does work a little differently on the Android platform than it does on iOS, particularly the map view and in importing PDFs into the app. We’re working on creating an Android specific set of instructions, but you can visit our How It Works to get a generally good idea of what to expect and how to do things.

So, please give it a try. When we see you register, we’ll upgrade you to a year’s free Premium Membership. If you encounter any problems or have any questions, send an email to david@quantumlisting.com.

David Perlmutter is the author of the QuantumListing Blog and publisher of the QuantumListing App. He is also the owner of Perlmutter Properties Inc. in White Plains, NY.

Poll Result: Which had the biggest impact on retail in-store sales this holiday season?

 28th December 2015    David_Perlmutter

Poll ResultsThis weekend we asked the question, “Which had the biggest impact on retail in-store sales this holiday season?” The choices for the answer were: the weather, online shopping, the economy, and gasoline prices. There were a total of 47 votes. According to our poll result, the leading response was online shopping, with 53% selecting it. 21% chose the weather as being the most impactful, 15% chose the economy, and 11% gasoline prices.

Let’s discuss the bottom three answers first. The weather in much of the country has been bizarrely warm. It is a truism in the retail industry that cold weather spurs clothing sales. More seasonal late fall/early winter weather sends shoppers into department stores and clothing stores to buy sweaters, coats, and winter fashions. There is kind of a delicate balance because stormy weather can keep shoppers at home if it is too bad to travel. The nice but unseasonably warm weather could have been ideal for people to flock to malls and retail centers.

The economy, while much improved, has not left people in all income groups feeling confident enough to really open their wallets and run up their credit card bills. This is reinforced by the rhetoric by presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle. Then, add to this the nervousness about being in crowds propagated by recent terrorist activities here and abroad.

The 11% that answered gasoline prices were, I think, indicating that they were more inclined to shop in stores because less of their disposable income was being used to fill up their gas tanks. Gas prices have been relatively low all year, and that has left an extra few hundred dollars in most car owners’ pockets. Whereas the other three choices were likely negatives for in-store sales, gasoline prices presumably were a positive.

Online shopping as the dominant response for what has most impacted holiday in-store retail sales should not be a surprise to regular readers of the QuantumListing Blog. At the beginning of December, we conducted another one question, 24 hour Twitter poll, “Where do you plan on doing most of your holiday shopping?” The result for that showed that only 52% of the respondents were planning on doing most of their shopping in retail stores. A combined 42% said they were going to do most of their shopping on Amazon (27%) or other retail websites (15%).  An article published on Christmas eve in Fortune cited evidence that in-store sales and traffic fell the weekend before Christmas, compared to a year earlier. The same article also said that Amazon had 55% of all online sales, which is not too far off from what our poll suggested might be the case.

Bricks and mortar retailers have an uphill battle. They are up against the convenience of online shopping, which is time saving, can provide fast delivery and easy returns, and has pricing transparency, allowing shoppers to easily compare one site or store against another. Faster internet speeds available to most online shoppers and websites that are better designed and work better than they used to, add to the appeal of online shopping.

I’ve been in the retail real estate industry for almost thirty years. I’ve seen several disruptions which have caused the industry to reinvent itself several times. Retailers and landlords are creative and dynamic and up to the challenge. I expect a lot of soul searching to occur amongst them over the next few months, with some really interesting responses to follow. In-store retail is not dead, it is just in need of a periodic makeover.

I think that we’ll see omni-channel retailing continue to gain in importance. Even Amazon has opened its first store! So whether it is a company like Warby Parker that started online and moved into retail locations, or good local retailers wanting to expand their footprint online, successful retailers are going to have do things differently than they have been.

Landlords who want to have great shopping centers will have to create places that provide experiences in addition to providing goods and services. Giving people a reason to leave their homes where they can binge watch tv and movies on their home entertainment systems is an important part of the equation for future in-store retail success.  Creating social spaces is an important part of successful shopping centers’ and downtowns’ futures.

In the end, we will all benefit from the rise of online shopping. We’ll end up with better shopping experiences. The variety of goods available to just about anyone, just about anywhere at the best prices is unprecedented. And, we should expect nicer environments and better experiences when we go out shopping. Not bad, right?

David Perlmutter is the author of the QuantumListing Blog and publisher of the QuantumListing App. He is also the owner of Perlmutter Properties Inc. in White Plains, NY.

New Twitter Poll: Which had the biggest impact on retail in-store sales this holiday season? #CRE #ICSC #Retail

 26th December 2015    

We just launched our new Twitter poll: Which had the biggest impact on retail in-store sales this holiday season? The choices are in the image below, but you have to visit our Twitter page to cast your vote.  Be sure to Retweet it so that your followers can vote, too! The poll is only open for 24 hours, so be sure to vote now.Screen Shot 2015-12-26 at 2.59.49 PM

If you want to check out some of our other recent polls, click HERE.

To see the results of our recent polls, click HERE.

David Perlmutter is the author of the QuantumListing Blog and publisher of the QuantumListing App. He is also the owner of Perlmutter Properties Inc. in White Plains, NY.

In Case You Missed It – A Collection of Recent Posts from the QuantumListing Blog

 25th December 2015    
Search, post, and share listings from our app.In case you missed it, here’s a collection of recent posts from the QuantumListing Blog.
12-21-2015 10:11:23 AM

QuantumListing has a special offer for The News Funnel Readers through the end of the year. We  have a special place in our heart for The News Funnel, and by association, you. In this season of giving, we want to exchange gifts with you. If you send us your listing PDFs, or even tell us … Continue reading Special Offer for The News Funnel Readers →…»

12-17-2015 09:35:26 AM

Yesterday, we started a 24 Hour one question Twitter poll, asking the question, “When you are on vacation, how often do you check your work email?” Three hundred twenty votes were cast. 55% of respondents check their work email, with a 30% checking it more than once a day, 17% once a day, and 8% … Continue reading When You Are On Vacation, How Often Do You Check Your Work Email Poll Results →…»

12-16-2015 08:43:39 AM

We’ve just posted a new 24 hour, one question Twitter Poll: When you are on vacation, how often do you check your email? I started thinking about this a few weeks ago, when I saw CBRE Broker Jeremy Neuer’s article, Advice for Young Brokers from Billy Joel, which was published in my favorite one-stop source … Continue reading New One Question Twitter Poll: When you are on vacation, how often do you check your work email? →…»

12-14-2015 08:35:10 AM

Is it the chicken or the egg?  In our comment dialogue following her article, Is CRE Looking at Mobile the Wrong Way? Chris Clark writes “I don’t think agents realize the potential of QuantumListing – to give users an easy, free way to find commercial space on their device. It’s a small price you ask … Continue reading The Chicken or the Egg →…»

12-12-2015 07:44:28 AM

I just learned how to do video demos, and think they are a great way to quickly show you many of the features of QuantumListing. So, please make sure you check out the new QuantumListing Video Demo page, and bookmark it so you can come back and see new ones as we add them. (For … Continue reading Check Out the New QuantumListing Video Demo Page →…»

12-11-2015 07:32:51 AM

The results are in for our 24 hour, one question Twitter poll, How often do you use your smartphone for commercial real estate purposes:phone/email/text, CRE app, or other app? While the number of respondents is not overwhelming (12), the results are. Voters had a choice of Daily, A few times a week, At least 1X/month, … Continue reading Poll Results: How often do you use your smartphone for commercial real estate purposes? →…»

12-10-2015 07:48:17 AM

We’ve just posted a new 24 hour one question Twitter Poll. The question this week is, “How often do you use your smartphone for commercial real estate purposes: phone/email/text, CRE app, or other app?” You can take the poll by clicking here. This week’s question was inspired by the latest post from Chris Clark on … Continue reading New 24 Hour One Question Twitter Poll: How often do you use your smartphone for #CRE purposes? →…»

David Perlmutter is the author of the QuantumListing Blog and publisher of the QuantumListing App. He is also the owner of Perlmutter Properties Inc. in White Plains, NY.

Special Offer for The News Funnel Readers

 21st December 2015    David
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Send us your listing PDFs by 12/31!

QuantumListing has a special offer for The News Funnel Readers through the end of the year. We  have a special place in our heart for The News Funnel, and by association, you. In this season of giving, we want to exchange gifts with you. If you send us your listing PDFs, or even tell us which ones you want us to grab from your website, we’ll post them to QuantumListing for you, and give you a year’s free Premium Membership (offer ends 9/30/16). QuantumListing is a new crowd-sourced mobile commercial real estate listing platform that allows you to view, search, post and share listings from your mobile device. If you are still not sure what QuantumListing is, check out our Video Demo Page.

Here’s what you have to do: Send an email to info@QuantumListing.com, either with your listing PDFs, or the names of the properties you want us to post that have PDFs on your website. If you want them all, just say so!

Here’s what we’ll do: 1) We’ll register you for a one year Premium Membership account(offer ends 9/30/16), a $79.99 value. 2) We’ll post your listings on QuantumListing, adding the property basics. 3) We’ll share your listings to our social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. 4) We’ll send you your account information, with instructions on how to edit or update your listings and add additional optional property details.

So, let’s give each other a gift this holiday season. You give us your listings to post on your behalf; we’ll give you a free one year Premium Membership and a new platform for your listings, plus exposure on three leading social media platforms. Good deal, right?

David Perlmutter is the author of the QuantumListing Blog and publisher of the QuantumListing App. He is also the owner of Perlmutter Properties Inc. in White Plains, NY.

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