At the end of each month, the AGS team looks back at articles and blog posts that we saw this month that stood out to us. Some are from news agencies, and many come from our partners, but not all use our data. Here is the round-up from July 2022.


Very few people open their brick and mortar business thinking that they will franchise it one day, but once you make that decision, you need to be strategic about it. SiteSeer walks you through it.

The Importance of Franchise Planning (

Sites USA

What happens to malls with the rise of online shopping? Through the lens of a mall in Schaumburg, Illinios, Sites USA looks at what malls could be moving forward.

Sites USA


When you need software to determine the best course of action for your business choices, should you build, or buy? Complete with pro/con lists, Kalibrate has you covered.

To build or to buy | Kalibrate Global

Social Explorer

With gas prices on the rise, commuting to work becomes a sore subject for some. So who has the longest commutes? Social Explorer maps it out.

Where in the U.S. do People Commute the Longest to Work? (


Don’t count them out yet! As a part of a growing trend of “kidults” buying toys, Toys R’ Us is planning a major comeback and is the latest brand to double down on brick and mortar retail. Come this fall, they will be inside of every Macy’s store in the country.

Toys ‘R’ Us coming back amid a surge in toy sales during the pandemic (


Have you purchased land in the Metaverse? Some retailers are. Will their gamble on virtual reality pay off?

The retailers setting up shop in the metaverse – BBC News