VM & Display Show: “The Commercial Context for Creativity”

The Evening Post:- 20th April
Visual Merchandising: “The Commercial Context for Creativity”

 

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It was a pleasure yesterday to be speaking at the VM& Display Show in London. Many thanks to all indeed for pulling yourselves out of the beautiful sunshine and coming along to listen to me.

The show itself was full of innovative and creative businesses displaying everything retailers could wish for from …

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The Future of Visual Merchandising…Creative or Operational?

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The Daily Post:- 16th April
The Future of Visual Merchandising…Creative or Operational?

 

In the midst of answering client questions, and preparing for a couple of presentations in the near future, at the VM & Display Show and Retail Design Expo (well worth putting in your diaries) I am reminded yet again that “What is the future of VM?” is without doubt the most common …

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“Making Money from VM” – Tim Radley @ VM&Display Show

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“Making & saving money from new store concepts, VM & display!”

Tim Radley, CEO VM-Unleashed
speaking at The Retail Focus Forum: VM&Display Show
19th April 2018  – 1 pm

18 – 19 April 2018
Business Design Centre, London

 

We live in a retail climate where online retailing is making significant in roads into the sales and profits traditionally commanded by …

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The 2 different ways to encourage customers to spend

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The Evening Post:- 5th April
2 different ways to encourage customers to spend 

 

Do your retail sales blow hot & cold? 

Well, with the sun shining today in the UK and for most, at least, the winter snow receding into memories if not from the balance sheets, it reminds me of a more than relevant story.

Anyone remember the tale from when they …

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Does your store backroom space show you value your staff?

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The Daily Post:- 5th April
Does the amount of store gross sqm you dedicate to your staff really show how much you value them?

 

I’ve been visiting stores of a couple of similar retailers in terms of their sector and size of store. They have different market positions but have the commonality that customer service is very important to their proposition and ultimately their …

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Hope Springs Eternal with the Beauty of a Retail Calendar

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The Morning Post:- 5th April

“Hope Springs Eternal with the Beauty of a Retail Calendar“

 

Helping a retail client to exit the Easter promotions and move into a mid-season sale the staff, and even the store itself, naturally succumb to some mild form of “Post Event Syndrome.” For sure April brings showers, certainly in the UK, but it also closes an intense period of …

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Westfield London: New footprints in Experiential Retailing

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The Morning Post:- 27th March
Westfield London: New footprints in Experiential Retailing

 

Fresh back from viewing the advance guard at the extension to the Westfield London centre in White City. It is already impressive and will be spectacular, I have no doubt, when all the stores are open in a month or two.

What you see in the first openings from retailers such …

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Retail Beginning or Retail End? 7 essentials for survival!

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The Morning Post:- 23rd March
Retail Beginning or Retail End? 7 essentials for retail success!

Sometimes it makes sense to draw a line in the sand, even when the sands are changing at an unprecedented rate. This is certainly the case in retail.

We are not surrounded completely by doom-and-gloom retail news, however there is undoubtedly a lot of it. This reached a focus …

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The New Era of Retail Collaborations: Sports Direct & Game!

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The Evening Post:- 22nd March

“The New Era of Retail Collaborations: Sports Direct & Game!”

 

Roaming through my rather cavernous Sports Direct in search of school sports supplies, I was considering the proposed collaboration between Sports Direct and Game. The idea is to share retail space and bring their brands together under one roof.

It makes complete sense, serving different retail and leisure needs …

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Missguided Opinion: Cracks in the E-commerce Golden Egg

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The Evening Post:- 20th March

“Missguided Opinion: Cracks in the E-commerce Golden Egg!”

 

Firstly, let me say I am a huge fan of Missguided.

Whilst not the classic target customer I remember the palpable excitement of walking through their first store in Westfield Stratford, conceived in collaboration with Dalziel & Pow.

It was such a refreshing store with so many ideas for the new era …

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“What’s the Real Cost of Retail Store Disciplines?”

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The Morning Post:- 17th March
“What’s the real cost of retail store discipline”

On a benchmarking tour of value retailers this week I found my initial curiosity and enthusiasm slowly but surely drained as I was repeatedly faced with dull store interiors, poor lighting, dirty shelves, torn graphics, display chaos and in some instances such a scarcity of staff that I could have used happily bedded down for a …

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“Take the Easy Money” – M&S Bakery Heaven in a Block!!

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The Daily Post:- 16th March

“Take the Easy Money”

Wandering around a Marks & Spencer food court in the weeks before Easter is still a very pleasurable experience if you enjoy comfort eating at this inclement time in an inclement year.

M&S has had its fare share of criticism over recent years, quite rightly in many cases, however it still remains one of the retail juggernauts …

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“The Fight for Retail Independence or Multiple Monotony!”

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The Evening Post:- 14th March

“The Fight for Independence”

An interesting article caught my eye today from online research company Onbuy.com. Their survey was comparing the opening and closing of retail outlets by region of the UK, for multiples & independents.

 

It goes to show how things quickly change in life, and in retail in particularly, the most dynamic of industries. Because what jumps out …

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