Retail Locations Traffic Drivers: Trust, Friendship & Leadership

Traffic is the only thing that matters when it comes to creating successful and profitable retail destinations. It is the lifeblood that pumps money into the local community, creates vibrancy and confidence and attracts new and successful additional retailers to tempt yet more visitors into what rapidly becomes a positive traffic snowball.

 

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This traffic does not happen by chance or by magic but is a result of a retail destination working very hard to deliver 3 essential attributes. Those 3 attributes can be … Continue reading

Personalised Promotional Activity for OmniChannel Customers

What has always been the most important thing when communicating with customers?
The answer is relevance.

 

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A promotional message that is given in “the right place at the right time” is relevant to the customer, is of benefit and will deliver a sale – the customer will shake your hand. Equally a promotional message which is irrelevant will confuse and annoy, will certainly not generate a sale and the customer is more likely to “wring your neck than shake your hand” should … Continue reading

Fashion, Fusion & Follies: Selfridges Studio Experience

Building excitement and new physical experiences is transforming the third floor of Selfridges London into a must-see destination as it unveils a series of lifestyle studios to entice & enthral its adrenaline driven customers.

 

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The Design studio is the latest area to be unveiled and at over 1000sqm presents itself a home for innovative and exciting ladies wear brands from the international established to the emerging new talents. J.W.Anderson, Vetements, Christopher Kane, Marni and Joseph are joined by international brands such as Maison … Continue reading

Body Beautiful: Selfridges Studio of Serenity

Selfridges opens its biggest ever department, Body Studio, encompassing everything that is exciting and inspirational about London’s leading department store.

 

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Never the laggard Selfridges is ahead of the trend as its manoeuvres gracefully to gain a fitness foot hold in the fastest growing area of fashion – Athleisure. The department brings together an intimate experience, despite its many metres, catering for everything feminine from lingerie, nightwear and seasonal swimwear, through fitness, yoga and exercise to casual comfort wear.

As always the assortment is … Continue reading

“10 ways to make more money from your stores…No.2!”

Come and listen to Tim Radley speaking at the Retail Design Expo 2016 Olympia, London

Thursday, March 10th 2016, 16:00 – 16:40: Location: VM Workshop

Not just for VM… but absolutely for buyers, merchandisers, store operations, CEOs, commercial teams and anyone with a stake-holding in store commercial success.

 

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No. 2 ““Be brave & act swiftly!”

Never was there an industry where fortunes literally favour the brave. In a promotionally driven market, sales reduction decisions are not for the faint hearted as the stakes … Continue reading

John Lewis “over the moon” about Christmas!

Well, you’re going to see this a million times before the man in the red robes makes his way down your chimney this year.

Like it or not its up to you, and as with all good things that make friends and build loyalty it will equally develop enemies on the less sentimental side of the spectrum. You don’t make good friends without good enemies and there is certainly enough to go round for a retailer like John Lewis.

 

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How should Football Clubs Maximise Christmas Retail Sales?

An article featuring Tim Radley of VM-Unleashed! in Football Club Business Magazine October 2015

“Make a Football Experience to Remember!”

Christmas is an enormous opportunity for all retailers but in particular for those brands with a strong loyalty and emotional connection with their customers and where gift and impulse sales have the potential to go over the proverbial moon. Football Clubs are ideally placed to benefit from satisfying this seasonal appetite.

 

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Ironically and in contrast to other retail the Christmas shopping frenzy may well result … Continue reading

Watch & Wonder: Selfridges Serves up an Apple Experience

Time is money and when it comes to Apple that money and revenue can be sizable, so speed to market and proximity to the pockets of its patrons is an essential element to retrieving its return on investment.

 

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In a collaboration of near colossal proportions Apple has taken chronological control of all of Selfridges’ windows on London’s Oxford Street to present a breathtaking, time making, statement of market intent. Each window is an oversized study of floral fantasy with bright petals and stamens … Continue reading

Automotivation: Rockar’s Super Highway Hyundai Boutique

In a sector well overdue for its service, a new arrival in the market is taking off the handbrake on retail innovation and hurtling headlong into the comfortably parked parade of traditional car show-rooms.

 

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In partnership with Hyundai, no slouch off the starting blocks itself, the Rockar dealership has introduced its first omni-channel experience into Bluewater Shopping Centre,  steering directly for the high traffic of one of Europe’s busiest shopping centres, under the navigation of Dalziel & Pow one of Europe’s most renowned … Continue reading

Graphic Treatments: Whole Foods Complete Image

Even when you’re famous and frequented on a regular basis it does no harm to constantly communicate what you’re famous for, or indeed what new treats and delights you currently and continuously have in store for your adoring advocates and visitors.

 

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Dynamic graphic communication which is both in brand but constantly relevant and ostentatiously spontaneous is not an easy balance to achieve yet Whole Foods succeeds with style and taste, coordinating permanent navigational signage with service messages, product information with health advice, seasonal … Continue reading