Can’t Miss Branding Message

Ivanhoe Cambridge requested that an unoccupied unit at Metropolis at Metrotown be converted into a lounge area that will fulfill two tasks: the first is to convey that gift cards are not limited to Metrotown but also can be used at any of the other four Ivanhoe Cambridge centres in BC. The second task is to sell the gift cards. … Read More

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

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

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

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