The 6 Best Retail Strategies for 2022: No.6 Retail People Strategies

People: The shopkeepers of today Select any retail business, and you are most likely to discover a culture of colleague collaboration, trust and respect. However, retail has a chequered history of human resource management and interpersonal approaches, to say the least. Even in the best run businesses today there is still plenty of scope for further innovation and disruption to the traditional personnel models. Overall, there is a growing appreciation-

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The 6 Best Retail Strategies for 2022: No.4 Physical Shop Strategies

Physical shops: Places in our hearts & minds COVID was supposed to be the death knoll for physical shops. It was of course immensely damaging and resulted in many shops closing and businesses folding. Customers naturally migrated to digital channels, some permanently and others temporarily. Despite the whole channel being closed, the physical shop, in its best incarnations has already continued to bounce back. Despite everything, it is still the-

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The Land of Creativity: The Future for Visual Merchandising

The Promised Land of Creativity: The Future for Visual Merchandising There’s always much talk about the future of visual merchandising but surprisingly little about the evolution of the role of the visual merchandiser. It’s almost as though beautiful stores happen by magic. And that misconception is certainly one that still holds back the VM profession, its recognition and rewards. However, all markets and individual retailers are on a retail journey.-

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VM Trends: Tim Radley in Discussion – Retail Design Expo’17

VM Trends: “An End to ‘Easy’ Visual Merchandising!” Tim Radley, CEO of VM-Unleashed! will be in discussion at the Retail Design Expo 2017 Please come, listen and join in on Monday 8th May, 12pm. May 8-9, 2017, London Olympia.   Tim Radley is the founder of retail specialist consultancy VM-Unleashed! His expertise comes from 25 years of working with, and helping, a wide variety of UK and international businesses with their retail performance, store experience-

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When will head office let me get on with my job?

Store Managers headache no.03 When will head office let me get on with my job? Instant messaging, store operations and the blessing and curse of constant communication   For many retailers with multiple outlets, and any retailer with a wide store geography, international portfolio and a combination of direct and franchise operations, direct communication tools accessible via in-store tablets and mobile phones are a blessing of the highest order. These-

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“10 ways to make more money from stores! No.1 Rules….”

It was Les Wexner founder of the Limited group, a man responsible for the success of some of the most iconic of fashion retailers from Victoria’s Secret to Express, from Abercrombie & Fitch to Bath & Body Works and quite possibly the first retail guru, who said that “retail is detail” He was right and anyone in retail doesn’t need to be a modern day guru to know that. That-

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“What on earth is happening in my stores?!”

“How can I actually know for certain what is happening in my stores and what my customers are doing, and so ultimately know what to do to improve their experience and my commerciality?”   It is still a widespread scenario that head office retail functions do not know what is happening hour after hour, day after day, inside their stores. The situation is symptomatic of the gap that still exists-

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“The Wonder of Workshops!”

For maximum benefit ensure the retail workshops you receive are… 1.       Personalised through pre-visits and discussions 2.       Relevant through individual research by experts 3.       Interactive between presenter and audience and within the audience itself 4.       Concluded with feedback, recommendations and priority action plans     Many of us will remember the “wonder of workshops” in our corporate adolescence. In days gone by we were summoned to presentation rooms and talked-

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75 things you should know about your stores: No.24 “Idle Time”

The capacity exists to understand every detail of your stores, the way that customers move around them, are attracted to assortment displays, are tempted into touching product and are compelled to convert their engagement into sales. An incredible journey is just beginning!   No.24. “Idle Time” Just as music is defined by the silence between notes, the life of a store is equally about what doesn’t happen as much as what does,-

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The Future of Visual Merchandising: A Priority of Questions

In the wider retail context visual merchandising has suffered from a pre-occupation with the question “How?” The future of visual merchandising will depend very much more on addressing the other questions.   Visual merchandising both past & present is witness to many examples of beautiful and perfectly implemented displays both in windows and internally throughout the store. The techniques, skills and creativity continue to develop into an ongoing master class-

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