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

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

What’s In A Sign

I view signs as the best investment retailers can make. It costs the least, thus allowing for a great ROI. The next few in this vlog series will show how to effectively implement a sign program in your shop. Let us begin with sign design. I often work with retailers who already have their logo made up. Leaving my job … 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

Increase Traffic by Eliminating Barriers to Entry

The goal of increasing sales is always front and centre when transforming a selling space. While there are several strategies that can be used to attain this goal, the first thing is to ensure that shoppers can easily access the selling space. This photo show how a museum gift shop increase shop penetration simply by removing barriers to entry. Their … 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

MIRRORING is Easy and Effective

When I teach new fashion retailers how to create an effective display, I often default to the display technique called MIRRORING. This is easy to implement and is almost always fool-proof. Starting from the centre, simply create displays that ‘mirror’ the other side. Voila! Of course, also knowing the combination of face outs, side outs and folded merchandise immensely helps.