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.
In the strange world between day and night, asleep and awake, and battle is underway, from underwear to outerwear, for the hearts and minds, for the pennies and the pounds, that make up the slumbering giant that is loungewear.
The beast goes by different names from the familiar lounge wear, through home wear, day wear to the lofty Liberty heights of resort wear. Whatever the name, the game is on, with the potential beneficiaries and protagonists swelling from the ranks of lingerie specialists, fashion chains, home accessories retailers, health and beauty brands and some of the biggest names around, with Primark taking its place at the headboard of the home-wear bed.
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Even the lowest prices in the world command detailed scrutiny when it comes to value for money.
Whilst an advised adornment, a prudent personalisation, or an essential embellishment can turn an anonymous basic into a soaring best-seller, an equally ill-judged adjustment can make even the most miserly mark-up a step too far for the discerning masses. Whilst Primark maintains its low price proliferation, it has equally expended a serious amount of energy in judging what makes its assortment sing for its adoring fans.
Identifying what’s important to its customers has allowed Primark to adorn its products with a dazzling array of added-value touches. Strategically located linings and logos, sub-brand developments and label de-lineaments, fashion details and functional features, precisely promoted and cleverly communicated add points to margins, and slices to sales. Points proven as top marks add up to a winning bottom line.
From adoration to adornment, Primark’s perfect process has them singing all the way to the added-value bank.
E-commerce is not for every retailer, but social marketing certainly is.
Primark has experimented with online selling in collaboration with ASOS, but with an average item value so low the economics just didn’t add up. So how can the Primark retail powerhouse engage with the digital world and sell to a wider audience?
Along comes Primania at the forefront of social sharing and social selling, in a digital model that is perfect for a mass market value performer, hell-bent on an international invasion across Europe and now to the US. Blurring the boundaries of retail, marketing, PR and advertising Primania combines the “available to all appeal” of its assortment with the endless appetite for self-promotion.
The idea is huge, but the concept simple as customers sign-in, creating their personal bios, and then upload themselves with their Primark fashions.
The social scenarios continue with looks and outfits favourite and scored, and also the opportunity for any budding fashionistas to propel their profile to the level of guru, followed and revered across the networks.
Primania is used as part of the Primark site, pruned back to latest looks, ethical credentials and store location, with Primania, like its protégées, the real stars of the Primark rollercoaster.
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Retail: A Game of Two Halves:
Love it or hate it, you can’t escape it at the moment. Even a trip out for some retail therapy will have you ducking under flags and bunting, taking evasive action to avoid colliding with giant TV wielding consumers or staring vacantly at World Cup sponsored coffee cups, sandwich packets and cheerleading cup cakes.
Of course the World’s premier football competition is of a greater …
Destination denim stretched its legs and stepped out as the World’s largest dedicated denim studio.
No idle fascination this 2500 square metres throws a curved ball at the conventions of category collections with Selfridges claiming jeans from £11 to £11,000 in a range of over 11,000 pieces. Denim journeys unfold past acrobatic mannequins and parades of pillars bedecked in blue.
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Selfridges destination denim stretched its legs and stepped out as the World’s largest dedicated denim studio.
No idle fascination this 2500 square metres throws a curved ball at the conventions of category collections with Selfridges claiming jeans from £11 to £11,000 in a range of over 11,000 pieces.
Denim journeys unfold past acrobatic mannequins and parades of pillars bedecked in blue. Our denim fabric focus, our fibre fascination is satisfied in the special space of the “Fit Studio,” the designate “Denim Taylor.” Denim specialists guide the traveller through the myriad of cuts, fits and fashion washes, ensuring every curve is flattered, every nerve un-shattered by the burden of choice.
For those with individual taste and dreams of denim devolution the Denim Taylor offers the perfect “nip” and “tuck” and the promise of a creation from scratch to satisfy the itch of even the most demanding denim devotee.
Make the most of your category heroes…