Retail Beginning or Retail End? 7 essentials for survival!

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 this morning with the announcement from Next of its latest results. Whilst not perfect and admitting some errors in assortment and availability, Next is a highly respected retail business with great expertise in buying, a consistent fashion position and…

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Maxximising Potential: TK Putting on the Style

As part of VM-unleashed’s 10th anniversary year we take a look back at some retail milestones from the last decade and explain why each store’s message is as relevant for us today as it was then. TK Maxx is now so central to so many customers’ buying plans that it’s difficult to remember the huge strides it has taken over the recent decade to propel its proposition into the mainstream and its results into the realms of high street fashion fantasy land.   It’s original UK arrival was so American and nothing like we had seen before. It was a…

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VMTrends: “The Dawn of the ‘Sensual Merchandiser!'”

Visual merchandising has always been difficult to define and as stores develop into multi-media and sensory experiences then the realm of visual merchandising will evolve further. It will embrace the sensual worlds of music, imagery, video, digital technology, smell, product interaction and lifestyle & promotional events. All this, which is traditionally the responsibility of marketing, store design, merchandising and other retail functions must be integrated with one strategy and one creative concept.   In an ideal world the vision and the delivery of the dynamic store experience should now come under the responsibility of an integrated team and ultimately one department…

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The Retail Relay: “Running a 3-legged race, in a 4 leg event?”

“A chain is as strong as its weakest link” could never be more appropriate than the chain of events that transforms a retail strategy into a store full of tangible, buyable products. “And what the customer sees and responds to is unfortunately the result of the weakest link, not the strongest one!”   To achieve this commercial panacea therefore not only requires excellence within disciplines but essentially the perfect relationship between them. If the “baton” is dropped then the excellence of individual performances will be clouded by the dust of defeat as competitors disappear into the financial finishing straight on…

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