On the First Day of Christmas…Traffic Patterns

“The 12 Gifts of Retail Christmas” for a Happy New Year

On the first day of Christmas VM-Unleashed gave to me…
No.1 “Knowledge of my store traffic patterns!”




Measuring store traffic is just the beginning and merely the tip of the analytics iceberg.

In the modern world of retail understanding POS data only tells part of the story of how the customer is reacting with your store environment

Using technology to monitor and analyse physical customer behaviour fills in those knowledge gaps on traffic patterns, dwells, stops and sales conversion

POS tells us what is happening whilst behavioural analytics tells us “what could be happening!”

  •  how do my customers behave in my stores?
  • what is their activity, were do my customers go to and when?
  • where do my customers dwell and stop but not convert?
  • where should I put my impulse products and best promotions?
  • what causes attraction and engagement in my store delivery?


This is how we help…

Customer Behaviour Video Analytics


“How can I measure and understand customer behaviour KPIs such as traffic activity by areas, dwell, attraction and stop times, touch engagement and conversion?


Monitoring and analysis of customer movements and behaviour using video cameras located strategically throughout stores, which are linked to VMAnalytics software that can measure traffic, dwell, stop, and touch data, and combine it with traditional POS sales data.

  • store-wide camera coverage measures customer traffic and dwell patterns
  • customer journey funnels of traffic, dwell, stop and conversion set up and analysed for specific department/categories
  • comparison of traffic & behaviour patterns across different store clusters
  • setting up of clusters based on activity & behaviour and not geography
  • monitoring of pattern variations over time – hours of day, days or week, week-days and weekends and trends over month
  • implementation of “before & after” tests to measure the impact of change


  • Understand  visually and statistically the customer journeys through store layouts
  • To plan store layouts, promotional activity, key categories in-line with traffic activity
  • Identify and measure the conversion funnel from store entry to checkout by department, category and aisles
  • Identify and prioritise the opportunities to improve the different stages of the conversion funnel for the store and the variety of departmental journeys
  • To plan staff schedules and tasks in line with customer behaviour


  • Interviews with HQ and store personnel to understand the store issues
  • Visits to pilot stores and planning of video camera locations
  • Study of the traditional sales KPI patterns and trends for pilot stores
  • A programme of initial analysis to understand the general behaviour and to identify priority areas of KPI opportunity to analyse further
  • Detailed priority analysis
  • Planning implementation and monitoring of “before&after tests” to learn from actions

Aggressive actions (from a potentially long list):

  • develop and implement changes in test stores – “before&after” actions
  • changes based on priority opportunities to effect store KPIs
  • work with “retail stakeholders” on a progressive plan of “before&after” actions
  • measure, monitor, develop and implement “quick-wins” across the chain



For more information on how customer behaviour video analytics can help.

tim radley - CEO, VM-unleashed.ltd


Please get in touch. We’ll be happy to help & advise…

+44 (0)7967 609849


I'm Tim Radley and I started VM-unleashed! in 2007, and as the one who makes most of the decisions, and does most of the work, then I guess that makes me the Managing Director. I've now been doing this sort of thing for over 20 years now, so hopefully i know my way around the retail block ...but hey, what do I know?

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