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Visual merchandising is the activity and profession of developing the floor plans and three-dimensional displays in order to maximise sales.
Both goods or services can be displayed to highlight their features and benefits. The purpose of such visual merchandising is to attract, engage, and motivate the customer towards making a purchase.
When the giant nineteenth century dry goods establishments like Marshall Field & Co. shifted their business from wholesale to retail, the visual display of goods became necessary to attract the general consumers. The store windows were often used to attractively display the store's merchandise. Over time, the design aesthetic used in window displays moved indoors and became part of the overall interior store design, eventually reducing the use of display windows in many suburban malls.
In the beginning of twenty first century visual merchandising is forming as a sсience.
The purpose of visual merchandising is to:
Visual merchandising builds upon or augments the retail design of a store. It is one of the final stages in setting out a store in a way customers find attractive and appealing.
Many elements can be used by visual merchandisers in creating displays including color, lighting, space, product information, sensory inputs (such as smell, touch, and sound), as well as technologies such as digital displays and interactive installations.
A planogram allows visual merchandisers to plan the arrangement of merchandise by style, type, size, price or some other category. It also enables a chain of stores to have the same merchandise displayed in a coherent and similar manner across the chain.
Clothes hangers are used for effective presentation of products in the practice of visual merchandising. The hangers can be divided into the waist and shoulder as well as all the clothes, similar to the names of the bearing surfaces of the human body. The waist hangers imitate lower bearing surface of the human body bounded above by waistline. The shoulder ones simulate an upper seat delimited above by junction lines of torso with neck and upper limbs. Suit hanger is a symbiosis of the shoulder and waist hangers and it is intended for simultaneous posting the shoulder and waist products on the same hanger.
In order to evaluate the product thoroughly it is necessary to deploy the folded product. Besides, it takes time to expand the A 4 format formed product. In addition, there is a psychological fear among customers to release the product as an indication of breaking the order, especially if there is a paper gasket in the folded product.
Window displays can communicate style, content, and price.
Display windows may also be used to advertise seasonal sales or inform passers-by of other current promotions.
WindowsWear is a website that chronographs window displays from major cities around the world.
Restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, etc. use visual merchandising as a tool to differentiate themselves in a saturated market.