Silent Selling: Visual Merchandising for Small Retailers<br />Debra Templar: Retail Check ups, Tune Ups & Makeovers....It’s in the bag! <br />
VISUAL MERCHANDISING<br />Supports sales<br />Communicates with Customers<br />Supports Selling by:<br />Communicating the latest trends<br />Assisting the customer in making a buying decision, and<br />Creating an exciting environment <br />within the shop/centre<br />
IMPACT OF THE VISUAL<br />83%Sight<br />11% Hearing<br />3.5% Smell<br />1.5% Touch<br />1% Taste<br />
FIRST IMPRESSIONS<br />First Impressions are formed within the first <br />10 seconds.<br />Customers remember vividly the worst impression, not the best impression.<br />
Every square metre of space in a retail store costs money – all areas should pay their way.<br />Useful points:<br />On entering store, most customers skirt around the cash desk.<br />Beware of what merchandise you place in an Adjustment Space. Customers don’t see it.<br />Most customers avoid badly lit, neglected or cluttered areas.<br />
Open sight lines are important.<br />Negative signs on displays about terms of sale deter customers from returning.<br />Stock left in aisles and pathways can seriously damage your traffic flow.<br />Friendly staff are important.<br />
Remember, your people are part of your visual appeal. A friendly face or a sourpuss... You choose.<br />#win<br />
<ul><li>Some product categories require more space, as they are browse products.
People will brush up against product three times before they get the “heebies” and leave.
Ensure there is enough space for people to move around your store without bumping into product, fixtures etc.</li></li></ul><li>Try entering here with your arms full, or with a stroller...<br />#fail <br />
Point of Sale and Entry to store in same place.<br />Too difficult to enter the store. Too hard to pay. <br />#fail<br />
Gondolas<br />Best Positions: Eye/shoulder level and slightly below.<br /> Recognise that the average woman’s height is 5’2” (153 cm)... <br />Worst Positions: Top shelf if well above eye level and the gondola base on either end is the next lease favoured<br />Vertical Blocking: Most effective way of presenting merchandise. If sizes are applicable try to position the size you want to sell most of at eye/shoulder level..<br />Colourful Merchandise: colour block vertically + <br /> colour blend from light to dark – left to right usually within <br /> the colour families. In winter <br /> the reverse colour order is <br /> used.<br />
Shelving<br />Similar to gondolas plus:<br /><ul><li>Use a variety of shelf widths to suit different products. Small shelves for small products towards top, graduating down to larger/heavier items.
<ul><li>Don’t over-crowd. But no less than half full. Make everything in Dump Bin/Table/Rack the same price, wherever possible.
Locate in your racetrack and use it to give the impression that it is a price-motivated promotion.
Allocate one product type per bin and display the products as if it were just dumped into the bin.
Always have a price sign to highlight the special price.
Life of a dump bin: Maximum of 1 month. Preferably, 1 week.
Sales will increase by 30% for that specified product</li></li></ul><li>DISPLAYS, COLOURS & SEASONS<br />
Colour Sells<br />Colour is what customers see first. More than anything else, colour makes people stop and look. For many customers colour is more important than the size or the style of the product.<br />
Notice how each colour in rows 2 through 5 corresponds to the colour above it. For example, pink, in the pastels, corresponds to the bright red in the top row; peach to bright orange, and so on.<br />
The round rack in the correct example features colours from just one colour group, brights, for a harmonious colour arrangement. The incorrect example features colours from two colour groups, brights and pastels, which don’t blend together in a harmonious way.<br />
The four-way fixture in the correct example features from just one colour group, brights, combined with neutrals. The incorrect example features colours from two colour groups, brights and pastels, which don’t blend together.<br />
How to Maximise the Use of Colour<br /><ul><li>Attract the eye of the customer
SIGNAGE AND TICKETING <br />Corporate Signs: Branding signs<br />Product Category Signs: Direct consumers to specific categories<br />Promotional Signage: Highlight specific promotions, have short life span, based on the stockturn of the promotion<br />Information Signage: Identify service + service policies within your business<br />Product Signs: These educate customers about the specific product<br />
Product Category Signage<br /><ul><li>The bigger the shop, the greater the need for department signage.
The customer should be able to enter your shop and clearly see where the major departments are situated.
Keep the sign simple so it can be easily read.
Be consistent in the style used on all department signage.</li></li></ul><li>
Promotional Signage<br /><ul><li>Only use the signs in the key, relevant areas (do not promote roses in the herb department);
Give the promotion a lifespan and keep to it (customers don’t want to see dated, faded and ripped signs);
Use promotional material in an exciting way. Rather than just hang up posters around your shop, </li></ul> group them to catch the customer’s eye.<br />
SIGNAGE AND TICKETING<br />How well any sign works depends on how easy it is to read and understand.<br /> Signs should look professional. They must be clean & unblemished.<br /><ul><li>Theme Tickets
Unknown Value</li></li></ul><li>SIGNAGE AND TICKETING<br />Research in USA has revealed that during the same sale period if 100products were sold with no signage:<br />Then 170were sold when handwritten signs were used <br />265products were sold when signs were professionally produced to sell the products.<br />
Known Value Lines<br />Products that are purchased on price rather than their benefits as the consumer perceives they know the exact price of these products. <br />Even a 5% increase in price is criticised by consumers but the reverse is that a 5% reduction in price an result in a buying frenzy, eg. cigarettes, petrol, milk, bread…<br />
Don’t be cheaper than anyone else on KV Lines. It will not help your bottom line. You can match your competition, but don’t go cheaper.<br />Consumers will judge your whole product price strategy based on a few KV lines. Make sure you are aware of the price structure adopted by your competition on these lines.<br />If you are more than 10% more expensive than the price leader, you will be perceived as being too expensive in your whole product.<br />Placement of KV tickets is important. <br />
Product Signage: KV Lines<br />Bananas<br />$6.50kg<br />One third of sign<br />Two thirds of sign<br />When merchandising KV products, you need your product signage to give the right message<br />
Non-Known Value Lines<br />Includes 98% of products you sell where the consumer doesn’t know the exact price. They will have some perception of price bands, but they will not argue over the cents. These products will reflect your image and should be of the highest quality.<br />Rely on non-known value lines to promote your business (Box retailers rely on kv lines to promote their image). <br />Promote non-known value lines when doing product-driven promotions.<br />
Non Known Value Lines<br />Pre-shaped<br />Hamburgers<br />Perfect bun size<br />Easy storage<br />Fast defrost & microwave<br />6 for $2.50<br />Great for BBQ’s<br />Name of Product<br />3 Benefits<br />Price of Product<br />Closing Motivator<br />
A 12 foot planogram presenting cookware<br />
WHY CUSTOMERS NEED IN-STORE SIGNAGE<br /><ul><li>Identify advertised lines
BEST SELLERS<br /> Located within their own classification in a PRIMEposition exposed to maximum traffic flow. <br />THEY MUST BE <br />IN STOCK.<br />
ADVERTISED AND SELL UP LINES<br />Must be clearly identified and located in the spot directly related to the sale you want from the advertised line. <br />Always located within their own merchandise classification.<br />In a PRIME SPOT if you aim to sell the line in quantity, or<br />If only being used to generate traffic – at the rear of the classification area to pull <br /> people through.<br />
IMPULSE LINES<br />Close to the advertised line in PRIME location or in a high waiting area (eg. Close to cash desk).<br />Must be clearly visible & in a position on the way to the cash desk, not where it can’t be seen until main transaction has been completed.<br />Merchandise attractively displayed at the aisle line helps promote impulse sales.<br />
SEASONAL AND TREND ITEMS<br />Understand when seasonal items will sell and merchandise accordingly. Give them every opportunity to sell at the right time.<br />Use trend items to develop your competitive edge. Be the first with a new idea, if you believe in it. <br />Locate the stock within its own classification & current seasonal or trend classifications which would be at the front of your store or dept. <br />
BROWSE ITEMS<br />Items which customers don’t make a quick decision about.<br />Browse items need time and above all, space.<br />Never place near high traffic areas, narrow or busy area or in hot spots near cash register.<br />If you do, it will deter customers from stopping <br /> and the goods won’t sell very well.<br />
HOT SPOTS<br />Traditionally found on ends of gondolas, shelves where traffic is heavy and in the main view points around the store.<br />Most impulse sales will be made from these spots.<br />It is essential that hot spots are identified and known to all salespeople.<br />
CREATING HOT SPOTS<br />Areas within a store to move aged, surplus stock or specials.<br />Normally located in high traffic areas WITHIN their own merchandise category.<br />Eliminate Dead Spots by using strong ticketing and good displays rather than placing top sellers in the spot.<br />
INTERESTING STATISTIC<br /> Research shows a well planned hot spot can increase sales by:<br />229%<br />
HOW TO MAXIMISE SALES UTILISING HOT SPOTS<br />Know where to best position your hot spots.<br />Plan your hot spot displays.<br />Build your hot spots wisely<br /><ul><li>Present items at customer eye level.
Must have enough product for display to look FULL and to provide impact.
ALWAYS have a sign or you won’t maximise your return per sq. metre.
Wherever possible try to create a pyramidal shape to the display. Best selling shape.</li></li></ul><li>MAXIMISE VALUE OF HOT SPOTS<br />Consider:<br /><ul><li>Products being specially promoted by your store should go on hotspots.
Hot spot displays need to be managed – product level NEVER to go BELOW half full.
Display must be shoppable in the eyes of the customer.
Products should sell three times fasterfrom this display.</li></li></ul><li>COLD SPOTS<br />
MANAGING COUNTER DISPLAYS<br />See the counter as a profit centre. Sell 2 – 3 items from the counter only.<br />Select the right products at the counter.<br />Train the team to sell counter products.<br />Do not clutter the counter.<br />Look past the counter.<br />Make somebody accountable.<br />Introduce housekeeping standards at checkout.<br />
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