Its cold, very very cold!

                What’s -35’C when you love what you do? Thus is the case for myself and my lead merchandiser Cassie Leung. We worked with Seasons Fashions in Whitehorse, Yukon for their redesign. We designed their store 12 years ago when they opened their street front boutique on Main Street, and it is now … Read More

Can the Right Fixtures Make A Difference?

I received an email from a retailer asking how she can fully utilize her shop to showcase as much inventory as possible. At this time, her stock room is full to bursting. The top image show her shop and a free flow layout, as well as the various fixtures she uses to showcase her products. With a tight budget, I … Read More

The Right Fixture Supports Product Values

Today I would like to talk about the importance of having the right platform to present your products. While most think of shop fixtures simply as a place to display product, I think of fixtures as an opportunity retailers can use to not only enhance perceived product values but also establish credibility. Would you believe the products housed in the … Read More

Building Brand Equity Through Design

Far often, I see shop designs that have no bearing on the intended brand or its target market. Such a waste of opportunity to promote brand DNA. When I ask retailers who do not make use of shop design to promote who they are, I often hear that budget is the issue. Here is an example of how—even with a … 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

123% Increase In Sales Compared to LY

When I was called to the CBC gift shop, the challenge I was presented went more than the usual. Rather, I was asked to come up with a fixturing plan that not only will improve sales performance but also create a space that in a moment’s notice can be used as a studio. This meant everything needed to be easily … Read More

Clearing Obstruction Yielded Highest Sales

How does one get customers to shop the entire selling space? Could it be as simple as moving obstructions out of the way? YES! In the ‘after’ photo, we simply moved the tall greeting card units to the side, near the cash wrap section. The space now becomes open and inviting. The bench in the middle was placed to ‘park’ … Read More

Effective Categorization = Better Sales & SErvice

What does an effective Category Plan have to do with successful retailing? Well, a lot! Case in point the right photo. A scrapbook shop traditionally presents their merchandise categorized by product type. While this means easier inventory taking for the staff, it is a nightmare for customers looking for products. Scrapbookers create books by occasion or event – such as weddings, … Read More

The Power of Power Walls

What is a POWER WALL and what does it do? Most retailers choose to create a Power Wall in order to draw shoppers to an otherwise challenged area. They also convey product dominance over a Core Category by showing a single product throughout an entire wall display. By virtue of a single product display, the strategy of Repetition is inevitable, … Read More

Showing Products IN USE Achieves Highest Sell-Through

When displaying products, the most effective way I found is to show it “IN USE”. For example, the left photo shows dog clothes closets. However, very few if any, realize they are indeed- that. The moment the display is enhanced by showing the closets “IN USE”, an immediate connection is made. Passers-by would suddenly stop on their tracks and one can … Read More