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Entries Tagged as 'retail'

Cool visual merchandising idea for newsagents

January 7th, 2016 · No Comments

I took this photo in a funky shop last week and share it here as inspiration. To provide focus to some products they created a wall in front of the wall, to make for what looks like a shrine. They lined the cavity with gold paper and painted the new wall a nice contrasting blue. The […]

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Tags: retail · visual merchandising

This type of sign turns shoppers away from a retail business.

December 30th, 2015 · 6 Comments

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Tobacco lunchtime habit?

December 29th, 2015 · No Comments

The Lunchtime habit caption on the wall in the c-store I visited today is uncomfortably close to the locked tobacco cabinets. It looks like they are promoting a habit, unfortunately. 3 likes

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Women’s underwear and batteries?

December 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

I constantly look at other retail businesses to learn from product adjacency decisions. Supermarket s are particularly good to watch – usually at least. Check out the adjacency I saw at a Coles supermarket a couple of days ago: women’s underwear and batteries. I suspect it is not a deliberate decision but a placement more […]

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Is selling body parts innovation?

December 12th, 2015 · 2 Comments

In Hong Kong this week I found these packs of Freddo frog faces for sale, packaged for Christmas. Is this marketing innovation – to pull apart a loveable chocolate treat treat and sell off parts. What is next, Freddo legs? Frog’s legs are a delicacy so I guess we need to expect them. Seriously, though, […]

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How a retailer had their business ‘stolen’ from them by a franchise promoter who said they can get a better lease deal

November 24th, 2015 · 3 Comments

I was contacted a few weeks ago by a retail business owner who wanted to tell their story about how they had their business “stolen” from them. Their lease was close to being up and the head of a franchise group happened to walk in one day for a chat about business. Thinking he was […]

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Tags: Newsagency challenges · retail · Ethics · Social responsibility · Retail tenancy · retail leases · Newsagency management

Aggressive expansion program from Cotton On

November 12th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Cotton On retail group is opening 150 stores in 120 days around the world. This group, which includes Typo – a major competitor of our channel, is a force to be reckoned with. The growth Cotton On is pursuing is extraordinary in a time when retail is talked down in many media outlets. From a newsagency […]

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Finally, traffic management in a shopping mall!

November 10th, 2015 · No Comments

The landlord at a Liverpool UK shopping mall is introducing a fast lane to better manage pedestrian traffic. This is brilliant news. The next step is training to keep people walking in an orderly fashion and not cutting across others or walking out of shops looking away from oncoming traffic and blaming people who plough […]

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My idea for boosting rural and regional Australian economies

November 4th, 2015 · 2 Comments

I was fortunate to participate in a flight to Longreach, Queensland, on Saturday, raising funds for the Western Queensland Drought Appeal. A key message from speeches made on the day was regional and rural Australia needs visitors. In Longreach especially, tourism is vital given the impact of the four year drought. I have thought about this a […]

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Tags: retail · Social responsibility

Would you prefer your drinks mixed by a human or a robot?

October 22nd, 2015 · 4 Comments

Me? I prefer my drinks mixed by a human. I prefer the surprise, the personal experience and that the transaction is part of the world of which I am part. I like that each drink is unique. Royal Caribbean Cruises is promoting its robotic drink mixers to entice people on board. Beyond a brief moment […]

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Tags: retail · Ethics · Social responsibility

Specials drive sales in retail

October 13th, 2015 · No Comments

Going through photos from my trip to the US I am reminded of terrific retail gems I saw along the way, photographed and then forgot about. here’s one – how to be consistent with offers targeted at your retail niche: 4 likes

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Now this is competition!

September 21st, 2015 · 19 Comments

This photo shows two convenience stores on George Street in Sydney, next to each other. What makes this direct competition even more surprising is that there are eight other convenience stores within a two minute walk of these two shops. While Sydney is busy, it feels like there are too many convenience stores. Two next […]

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Tags: retail · Competition

A clever way to deliver a warning message in retail

September 5th, 2015 · No Comments

Read the sign on the camel about sitting on him. I love it. I found it in the massive Hamleys toy shop on Regent Street in London. The sign is a lesson in how to deliver an important message with humour and in context for the type of business it is in. It is far better […]

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Tags: retail · Management tip

Secondary location driving adult colouring sales in the newsagency

August 31st, 2015 · No Comments

While the display of adult colouring art therapy titles at the front of the shop attract shoppers from the busy mall, this second location half-way into the shop and near the card department is driving excellent sales. The table in the photo is placed in front of the main magazine aisle. It has been placed […]

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Tags: retail · Tactical display

Understanding gluten intolerant customers

August 28th, 2015 · No Comments

I was reminded success in retail can come from better understanding your customers last week at a a breakfast buffet where they had a separate toaster for toasting gluten free bread. I asked someone using this  about the need for a separate toaster and discovered even a crumb from bread with gluten can be harmful . This […]

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Tags: retail · Newsagency management · Newsagency opportunities

Changes in Darrell Lea Dad’s Bags

August 12th, 2015 · 2 Comments

Darrell Lea Dad’s Bags aren’t open like they used to be. In the bag all the goodies are in a sealed plastic bag. I’ve not had darrell Lea for a few years but I recall customers used to like checking the items in the bags. Not they have to pull out the plastic bag. I […]

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An inspiring retail story from a toy shop in New Delhi

June 30th, 2015 · No Comments

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Tags: retail · Optimism

EB Games shows how to be consistent

June 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Further to my post about the eye catching sale being run at EB Games at Knox, check out the equally eye catching sale I saw at their Queen Street Auckland store yesterday. The two photos speak to the terrific consistency of execution by EB Games outlets. This is the way to leverage your retail brand. 1 […]

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Tags: retail · marketing · marketing tip · visual merchandising

Cheap Coles plush disrespects AFL brand

May 29th, 2015 · 1 Comment

AFL plush items at Coles supermarkets disrespect the AFL brand in my view. The products feel dreadful. I wonder if this is why Coles still has stock. My experience is when it comes to AFL product shoppers want quality as the quality speaks to their feelings for their team. This plush, in my view, is not quality. […]

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How to close a shop and bring the community with you

May 28th, 2015 · No Comments

The Thomas Dux supermarket near where I live is closing and for two weeks they have had this sign in the front window. I like the advance notice they provided, the photo of the team and the invitation to visit the team members at other Thomas Dux locations. Kudos to whoever is responsible for this messaging. […]

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Disrupting foot traffic can get your retail business noticed

May 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

Walking through the city the other day I stopped to look inside this shop with a bike and fresh produce parked at the front door. I stopped because a bike like this with produce was out of place in the middle of a busy city. Inside was a coffee shop. The  bike and fresh produce offered […]

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Tags: retail · marketing · visual merchandising

How can Coles and Officeworks defend this price difference?

May 19th, 2015 · 1 Comment

I purchased some plastic ponchos from Officeworks for 69 cents.  A couple of days later I noticed very similar ponchos at a Coles supermarket priced at $4.00 each. I can’t figure out the reason for such a price difference. Coles and Officeworks are owned by the same company. 4 likes

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Tags: retail · Competition

Cool use of projection bring excitement to retail

April 16th, 2015 · No Comments

In a retail store a couple of days ago where they projected onto walls to create a funky vibe. With projector prices at an all time low, wall projections an easy way bring a ver different vibe to a shop … and then change it at the push of a button. I could see this […]

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#1 of five provocative suggestions to challenge how you view and manage your retail newsagency

March 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment

This week I will publish five deliberately provocative suggestions on aspects of retail newsagency management and operation. My goal is to challenge newsagents and their suppliers to break free from the past and engage in more present day retail Suggestion #1: remove all magazine posters. Magazine sales have been declining between 5% and 9% year […]

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Tags: Newsagency challenges · magazines · newsagency marketing · newsagency of the future · retail · marketing · marketing tip · Newsagency management · Newsagency opportunities · visual merchandising

Inspiration for retail employees

March 9th, 2015 · No Comments

I found this quote at the Vox news site and felt it relevant for retail newsagents and their employees. Some days are tough – hopefully, this quote can help with those tough days. 6 likes

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