What to Put Where?

A challenge for some retailers that carry a single category product is how they can effectively convey product segmentation. In this case, my client was looking to display basic core essential oils, oil blends, seasonal features, high price point specialty lines and peripheral products. A way to address this is by wall treatment. Basics are at the back of the … Read More

RED Stops Traffic

How about I let you in on a simple strategy I use to attract the customer’s EYE. Works everytime we do this. One of the things I do to get the eye to view an otherwise ‘dead’ area is to use the colour RED. We all know red is a colour that signals STOP when driving. As humans, we are … Read More

How I Easily Made $135

I firmly believe in showing customers the benefits they derive when purchasing an item. To test this, I went on ebay and purchased this Burberry bag for $100. Yes, I know this is a good Burberry because I just saw this exact unpopular style at the outlet. The very day it arrived, I posted the bag on ebay. The only … 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

Images that Convey Messages in an Instant

The best way to sell or showcase a product is to convey the benefits customers derive out of its use. Usually, the image is one of people enjoying the use of the product or maybe, an image of how an item can change someone’s life. I like how this Nike store effectively conveyed their message at a glance. The large … Read More

Permanent Immovable Category Signs? What if…

The challenge with Category Signs is making them non-permanent to accommodate merchandise expansion or contraction. An inexpensive way to address this is to place the signs in picture frames that can be moved depending where a category is located. I also incorporated images showing the benefits of the merchandise category rather than just the text. This way, customers are reminded … Read More

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

Signs DO Sell!

See the signs in this selling space? Some say they are oversigned. But how many shoppers do you think were attracted to come in? I stood right outside for 5 minutes and counted 51! Why? Well, I saw the signs saying 50% off high street. This caught my attention- thinking they likely have good pricing. As I walked further in, the … 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