Retail Merchandising Theory

Posted: Sep 29, 2014

The art of Retail Merchandising is to place product and product marketing materials in such a way to influence a buying decision. Retail Merchandising theories are important for understanding these placements. To quote Mark Twain, "There is nothing as practical as a good theory". Understanding basic merchandising theories will help the Retail Merchandiser understand product and marketing material placements and...Read more

Top Ten Types of POP

Posted: Sep 25, 2014

POP (Point of Purchase) advertising materials are placed, stuck or hung near the product it is advertising for. This additional marketing has a large impact because it is in place at the very moment that the consumer is making a buying decision.   Here are the Top Ten Types of POP that a Retail Merchandiser will incorporate into their merchandising...Read more

Top 10 Reset Tools

Posted: Sep 22, 2014

At one time or another, a Merchandiser will use all of these tools on a reset. Having these Top Ten Reset Tools ready to use at any reset will save a lot of time. Label Peeler- Label peelers make it easier to lift existing labels off the shelf. An alternative is a plastic grapefruit peeler. Ruler or Yardstick cut to 18...Read more

Top 10 Merchandising Tasks

Posted: Sep 18, 2014

Here are the Top Ten merchandising tasks that a Retail Merchandiser will incorporate into their merchandising strategy. These merchandising tasks help both the retailer and the manufacturer maximize sales and increase sales volume. Auditing - An examination and verification of anything from quantity, availability, or pricing. Cross Merchandising - The action taken to display product along with other related products....Read more

What is a Retail Merchandiser?

Posted: Sep 15, 2014

Retail Merchandisers serve as the hands for the products’ corporate headquarters, ensuring their products are available and appealing to consumers at store level. A Retail Merchandiser visits retail locations on behalf of the client to merchandise their products. Corporate headquarters know to sell a product it must be in distribution, presented as they intended and promoted properly. Job Description ...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings August 2014

Posted: Sep 11, 2014

The August store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a quicker pace of store closings, with a total of 534 and a slower pace of openings at 136. Industry-wide that is a 398 net loss, staying about the same as the net loss we saw in July of 409. Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the South region had the most...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings July 2014

Posted: Aug 15, 2014

The July store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a quicker pace of store closings, with a total of 529 and a slowing of openings at 120. Industry-wide that is a 409 net loss, significantly more than the total 67 net loss we saw in June. Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the South region had the most store openings and...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings June 2014

Posted: Jul 07, 2014

The June store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a quicker pace of store closings, with a total of 163 and a slowing of openings at 98. Industry-wide that is a 67 net loss. Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the South region had the most store openings and the Midwest had the most store closings. The Rocky Mountain region...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings April 2014

Posted: May 05, 2014

The April store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a quicker pace of store closings, with a total of 201 and a slowing of openings at 133. Industry-wide that is a 68 net loss, versus the 70 total net gain we saw in March. Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the South region had the most store openings as well as...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings March 2014

Posted: Apr 10, 2014

The March store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a quicker pace of store openings, with a total of 119 and a slowing of closures at 49. Industry-wide that is a 70 net gain, significantly better than the total 656 net loss we saw in February.Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the South region had the most store openings, while...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings February 2014

Posted: Mar 13, 2014

The February store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a slower pace of store openings, with a total of 80 but a significant amount of closures at 736. Industry-wide that is a 656 net loss but down from the 1004 net loss we saw in January.Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the Midwest region had the most store openings, while...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings January 2014

Posted: Feb 20, 2014

The January store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a slower pace of store openings, with a total of 97 but a significant increase in closures at 1071. Industry-wide that is a 1004 net loss however the majority of closures were due to Blockbuster Video stores shuttering their doors at the beginning of the year.Viewing results from a geographic...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings December 2013

Posted: Jan 21, 2014

The December store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide shows a slower pace of activity this month, with a total of 62 store openings and 32 closures. Industry-wide that is 30 net openings.Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the South region had the most store openings, while the Atlantic was hit hardest with the most closings. The Northeast and Southeast...Read more

Retail Store Openings & Closings November 2013

Posted: Jan 21, 2014

The November store openings and closings numbers from Chain Store Guide show lots of activity this month, with a total of 200 store openings and 91 closures. Industry-wide that is 108 net openings.Viewing results from a geographic perspective, the Atlantic region had the most store openings, while the Midwest was hit hardest with the most closings. The Midwest and Rocky Mountain had...Read more

Using Consumer Reviews to Your Advantage

Posted: Nov 14, 2013

Industry reports have shown that 44% of shoppers read opinion sites/social media prior to making a purchase and almost 60% of consumers surveyed consider consumer-generated reviews to be more valuable than expert reviews. There are many third-party websites that are havens for consumer reviews, like Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo! Local reviews, Google+Local, Consumer Search, Yelp!, etc.But some retailers don’t...Read more

Web-Rooming is giving Show-Rooming a Run for its Money

Posted: Nov 07, 2013

Don’t listen to those nay-sayers who claim that brick-and-mortar is sliding into the abyss in favor of e-commerce. Nothing makes “main street” more vigilant and opportunistic than when their backs are against the wall.A recent study done by consulting firm Accenture finds that 65% of online shoppers plan to “web-room” this holiday shopping season. Instead of seeing...Read more

Game-Changers that Enhance the Constants of Retail

Posted: Oct 31, 2013

The omni-channel experience, social media, customizing data for demographic segments and high-trafficked times of day, tablets replacing cash registers—all these (and more) are shaping the new face of retail.Men are notorious for not being as avid about shopping as their female counterparts, but the rise of QR codes make the experience more palatable and streamlined. Maker of jeans,...Read more

Eye on Retail: Five Below

Posted: Oct 29, 2013

Company NameFive BelowHeadquarters LocationPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaCompany URLhttp://www.fivebelow.com/Year Founded2002Trade NamesNumbers in (parentheses) are store counts for that trade name:Five Below (275)Total Retail Locations275Summary of CompanyFive Below is a specialty retailer specializing in product lines the company describes as “trend-right” with individual products priced at $5 or below. The company has stores in 18 states, high-quality merchandise targeted...Read more

The Sporting Goods Sector Scores Big

Posted: Oct 24, 2013

Even though Dick’s Sporting Goods has assumed the top spot among the large sporting goods retailers, the category overall is no slouch. Over the last year, there has been strong growth in this sector.Back-to-school numbers were strong as kids and their parents shopped for Under Armour, Nike and Adidas at specialty sports stores. Financial information company, Sageworks combed...Read more

Retail Job Ads See Eight Percent Decrease in September

Posted: Oct 23, 2013

Snagajob reported retail job ads placed in September 2013 on their Career Website saw a nationwide decrease of eight percent over August 2013. While July to August saw an increase of 8%, September numbers fell by 8%, losing the increase seen in August. Employers posted 119,377 or  10,435 less job ads in September when compared to August with a total of 129,812 job ads. ...Read more

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