Retail

Bluestones One on talent attraction in retail merchandising

What is behind the success of retailers’ merchandising? We spoke with the Bluestones One Retail Merchandising team, Gary White, Gary Lowe and Ashley Jewitt, about attracting the right talent to the teams who work day and night to ensure the country’s shops are ready and why it is an exciting career.

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Is the high street hotting up?

Who said the high street was dead? With soaring temperatures in the UK, the public is shunning their computers and phones and heading to the Great British high street to part with their hard-earned cash.

According to the latest CBI Distributive Trades Survey, 32% of retailers said that sales volumes were up in July than compared to a year ago and 13% said they had to place more orders with suppliers as a result. A combination of the unusually nice weather (does this weather even belong in the UK?) and World Cup fever have been thanked for the boost in high street sales this July, which also saw 45% of motor traders report that sales volumes were up compared to this time last year (convertible anyone?).

These figures should be seen as a huge positive for the high street, especially following the results from the survey campaign #WDYT (What do you think?) which found consumers want more and better shops available to them. The survey, which was completed by 300,000 people, found that 78% of respondents worry about the high street and 70% are concerned about shops closing – proving that the public still back “popping into town” to do their shopping.

All the positives do come with negatives though – in the same CBI Survey, retailers reported that they expect sales to slow again in August and orders to flatten out. With subdued real wage growth, households are still feeling the financial pinch and retailers are still battling with the reduced costs online retailers are able to offer.

Along with the Government’s inquiry into high streets and town centres 2030 to examine how local areas are planning for the future of their high streets, this month’s results should be seen as a step in the right direction to securing the future of the British high street.

What’s the deal with pop-up shops?

The pop-up shop is here to stay – first brought into the public’s conscience in the noughties, pop-ups aren’t a throwaway concept but a key part of a retailers’ core strategy. It isn’t just large international companies that flock to the high street with temporary stores, independent retailers and start-ups all see the benefit of “here today, gone tomorrow” shops.

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How shoppers are influenced by retail

With the advent of online shopping, it can be easy to believe that the high street isn’t important anymore – but in-store experiences far outweigh the digital world when it comes to influencing shoppers and increasing basket size. By using the psychology of smell, sight, touch and sound retailers have found they can positively affect how shoppers perceive a store’s product offering.

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How shopping habits have changed

From the birth of modern high street in the 1950’s to the rise of online shopping, the way that people shop has changed dramatically, and retailers have had to stay ahead of moving trends to ensure they don’t get left behind. But, how have shopping habits changed?

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HSE guidelines: What are they?

If you run a warehouse there will be numerous health and safety rules and regulations you must follow, from ensuring your staff are protected and correctly following rules, to how you store your stock. But, what exactly are the guidelines set out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for your racking installations?

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Does your warehouse need redesigning?

Poor space utilisation within a warehouse can be costly, both in terms of time and money. Multiple items may be crammed into a space, causing staff to spend unnecessary time searching for goods, or small products may be stored in spaces designed for something much larger, meaning you’re effectively paying to store air.

Having an effective layout and storage solutions in a warehouse not only improves productivity and efficiency, it reduces costs and can also present revenue-generating possibilities.

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The power of POP displays

POP displays, or point of purchase displays, are everywhere – you’ll see them in smaller shops, family-owned retailers and larger, international companies. But, why are POP displays important?

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Post millennial shopping habits

According to a report by the IGD, those born between 1992 and 1999 are replacing baby boomers as the generation with the most purchasing power and retailers need to be quick to react to these changes, particularly those in the food and grocery industry.

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Merchandising your store for Christmas

Now Halloween and Bonfire Night are out of the way, shoppers’ thoughts are firmly set on the festive period as they hit the high street in droves for what has to be the most important time of year for retailers.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a small independent retailer or a major brand, making the most of your holiday merchandising is a sure-fire way to give your sales a seasonal boost. Here are some of our top seasonal merchandising tips to inspire you when putting together your Christmas store plans.

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