I am NOT a fan of Slatwall

Oh, don’t get me wrong. I think Slatwall panels have a place in retail. In fact, they are great mass merchandisers. Dollar stores or popular price point establishments who wish to convey this to their shoppers can certainly benefit from its use. However, for specialty shops, boutiques, or any retail who wishes to elevate perceived product values are better off … Read More

Can you improve this window display?

What makes a window display effective? 1. It has to attract attention 2. Get customers into the shop 3. Sell the merchandise being promoted How does this window display fare? Well…. 1. A beautiful woman in a bikini sure does attract attention. 2. If one is in the market for a bikini, yes, one would go into the shop. But … Read More

This Will Take Less Than A Minute :)

Creating effective displays, though not rocket science, need familiarity of elements and principles of design. However, at times, this is not enough. It also helps to take into account customer sight lines. Regardless of how attractive and how much you have successfully implemented design principles, your display is rendered ineffective IF NO ONE SEES IT. No one walks with their … Read More

Time to Talk About Product Intensity

Product Intensity refers to the amount of merchandise placed in a given space. The higher the intensity, the fuller the shelves. The lower the intensity, well, you get the picture. Most high end boutiques have a lower intensity. The space that surround a products is as important as the product itself in conveying the brand’s prestige, its exclusive appeal and … Read More

Low to High Front to Back

Are Shop Sightlines Compromised? A client I worked with asked why their signature fixtures, in this case, a chuck wagon is not often shopped despite it being located in the prime centre of the store. I often get similar questions from retailers and I can somewhat guess the reason for majority of the cases. Just like Horse Creek Candy’s issue with … Read More

MIRROR POWER

Numerous data have shown that when customers stay longer, the higher the probability of a sale. Therefore, I admit, I am not above trying a trick or two to get shoppers to browse an area longer. Oh, I apologize, I meant applying retail strategies to invite shoppers to linger longer in an area. 🙂 That is why I sooo love … Read More

Is Getting Lost a Good Thing?

https://youtu.be/yrr3NW3WF7w I often get asked, isn’t it good for shoppers to get lost in the selling space so they spend more time in it? Well, if your aim is to get them to spend more time, then yes! However, they are occupied with finding their way out rather than shopping. A well laid out shop makes it easy for shoppers … Read More

Product Intensity and Price Point Perceptions

I often see displays with much too low inventory levels. What is wrong with this? Well, while it offers little or no product credibility, it also fails to create an impact. In the BEFORE photo, this shows a very nice tight grouping of a product category. However, because product intensity and the larger space this occupies, it fails to attract … Read More

Round? Or Rectangular Tables?

Sometimes, the simplest way to not only get customers to shop your entire selling space but also increase sales is to just clear their path. In this BEFORE photo, a large rectangular table is placed to entire customers to view product offerings. However, while it did that, it also hindered the flow into the rest of the selling space. The … Read More