Retail’s Answer to Amazon BEYOND the Holidays

retail-1Going into the 2018 holiday shopping season, the National Retail Federation estimated that consumers planned to spend what amounts to an average of $1,007 on gifts, decorations, candy, and other holiday-related consumables. The NRF claims that multichannel shopping already skyrocketed by 40% in-store and online from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday. While final sales results from the season remain to be seen, it appears that Christmas has been very green indeed!

The competition between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar retail hit a crescendo in 2018, according to TotalRetail. It’s the year that saw Amazon grow even larger with the purchase of Whole Foods and launch of Amazon Go, partially automated stores where customers can shop without going through a cashier line or even self-checkout.

The convenience of online shopping has always been the toughest challenge for retailers…nearly impossible to overcome. TotalRetail and the NRF both have suggestions and forecasts anticipating 2019 trends and how retail can entice shoppers.

The NRF points to a new wave of “collaborative marketplaces” where retail storefronts and pop-ups share a collective space. This creation of a diverse market experience is already under way with WeWork’s “WeMRKT” introduction and a Dallas-area hot spot called Neighborhood Goods.

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An NRF survey also revealed that shoppers base buying decisions on whether or not a brand or retailer reflects their own values, using Patagonia and The North Face as examples with excellent customer loyalty (both recycle their used products in exchange for new ones).

Prioritizing the point-of-sale experience is another area considered key in 2019 by TotalRetail. New in-store technology is now in place that gives customers more interactive options in personalized shopping and “frictionless” checkout. Scanners and in-store kiosks give consumers more push button convenience while also providing immediate accessibility to inventory.

Also vital to retail floors and the POS? Clear Acrylic Sign Holders that illustrate the latest offers…and Custom Acrylic Tablet Displays that make a perfect match with interactive technological upgrades. If you’re in the market and anxious to see what’s in store for 2019 in-store, keep them in mind and all the best for the New Year!

 

 

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Deck the Halls with Office Name Plate Holders!

Deck the Halls with Office Name Plate Holders!Are you ready for the holidays, both at home and in your work environment?  What’s in your office this season?  Photos, decorations, a splash of color?  While you’re in the spirit, consider capturing NEW colors in your office décor that will accentuate your holidays and look great even after the Christmas decorations come down.  Deck the Halls with Office Name Plate Holders!

The latest in Cubicle Nameplate Holders gives your office space a professional look that’s also incredibly attractive.  Polished edges in premium thickness .092 acrylic gives passersby an attention grabbing, aesthetically appealing, and modern. Cubicle Name Plates make a great fit in a professional atmosphere, giving your floor layout a new look and attitude for 2019.  Clear acrylic catches the eye and border colors keep them focused on your message.  There are multiple possibilities for usage, from name, title, and department inserts to directional signage.  Be seen in a whole new light!NPBR (On Location)

No matter what they say, inserts slide in easily…and Cubicle Nameplate Holders themselves are also easy to install.  Just be careful measuring partition width from the THICKEST POINTS so your Name Plates are unobstructed.

Holidays have you in a creative mode?  If you prefer designing your own name and title inserts on laser or ink jet printers, the perfect perforated card stock for the job is included FREE with standard sizes.  Let your design inspiration flow with unique fonts and graphics.

If you want to take that creativity in branding and customization to the next level, consider silk-screening and custom imprinting on your Desk or Cubicle Name Plate Holder.  Options are available with select quantity orders. Tis’ the Season!

Name Plate Holders for the Citizens of BuzziVille

 

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It was 1966 when the Grinch first aired on TV, showing the world of Whos in Whoville beating their Trum-tookas, dancing with Jing-tinglers, and blowing their Floo-floobers. Now another “Ville” is celebrating in a fashion that’s making quite a splash! Welcome to BuzziVille.

BuzziVille is a unique village…one that’s well-suited to cutting edge offices. A “flexible and modular freestanding system,” BuzziVille serves as a more personal, freely developed kind of community within the office. It’s easy to rearrange and serves as both public and private space…a movable urban workspace that even includes informal meeting rooms.

Functional and fun, BuzziVille is part of the BuzziSpace brand…a group of products geared to improve worker well-being through “human centric design.” Buzzi acoustics, lighting, and furnishings for modern workplaces are gaining serious attention. BuzziWrap Desks, BuzziProp LEDs, BuzziBlinds, the BuzziHub – you get the idea – all innovatively designed with broad appeal for forward-thinking office managers.

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The perfect match for cutting edge office décor of the future? The finest name tags in BuzziVille deserve a modern look in Name Plate Holders. New Cubicle Name Plate Holders with colored border options in silver and black especially make a nice accent. These exclusive displays complement today’s upgraded professional look, in BuzziVille and beyond.

Name, title, and department ID inserts also get a pronounced designation in Desk Name Plate Holder displays. There’s nothing like acrylic to complement the overall eye appeal taking root in business centers and campuses.

And that brings us back to BuzziSpace and BuzziVille. A recent expo called Orgatec 2018 showcased products like BuzziBracks, another flexible new modular system in work spaces, and the BuzziHat, an attractive sound absorber that blends well in office surroundings. Pretty cool, right?

Operation Santa Paws Acrylic Donation Boxes and Sign Holders

puppy-kitten-santa-hats537223For a time that conjures images of relaxing with family and peaceful contemplation, the holiday season for many is extremely hectic and stressful. Aside from shopping and planning, the holidays are also typically busiest for animal rescue shelters.

Illustrating the need for adoptive forever homes and guardians, Operation Santa Paws is in force. Annually designated from December 1st through 24th, Operation Santa Paws aims to stock these shelters with critically needed food and supplies during the hustle-bustle of the holidays.

The Operation reports that approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters every year. Adoptions are generally near their highest during the holiday season as families treat themselves to a furry family addition. And those not adopting also tend to share generously in the spirit of the season by donating to shelters. Treats, blankets, food, toys…you can bet these items are welcome.

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Of course, animal shelters also need hard cash to stay afloat. Making every dollar count begins with the right approach to donation appeal, and acrylic is doing its part. Acrylic Donation Boxes are filling fast in kennels and shelters across the country…solid, tough, durable models like those in the Plastic Products Mfg PMBSC styles. These attractive Donation Boxes offer secure locking options and Sign Holders to help draw the eye to a worthy cause.

Speaking of Sign Holders, another display is increasingly in demand at dog shelters. Special Acrylic Kennel Sign Holders are designed with premium thickness acrylic for such intensive wear-and-tear. Each dog’s vital information is clearly visible and pronounced with inserts easily loaded from the side. NPW Wall Mount Name Plate Holders also come with a double-sided “magic tape” for simpler mounting.

As Operation Santa Paws spreads its good work, note how much difference one person can make this holiday season. Justin Rudd originally put OSP together in 2001 for local shelters in Long Beach, California. In 2018, his philanthropic efforts are benefitting animals nationwide.

POP-UP Shops, Sign Holders, and Christmas Retail

Coca-Cola-POP-UP-STORE-1Holiday sales are officially in full force, including a wave of retail “pop-up” shops that are becoming an increasingly familiar sight for busy Christmas shoppers. Citing Forbes 2017 statistics in a March 2018 article, TotalRetail pointed to one of particular interest. Retail store openings are outpacing closures by the greatest numbers in years…2.7 to 1 last year…and that’s good news for pop-ups.

Small Business Trends also reported significant growth worth billions in the pop-up segment. Even with the convenience of digital shopping, customers are still flocking to nearby brick-n-mortar establishments. The closer, the better apparently…store proximity is what’s trending now.

The pop-up itself is typically a store within a store. What starts as a vacant space becomes a dollar generating enterprise, welcomed by its larger host who benefits from the added foot traffic. And sometimes the pop-up’s unique nature and merchandise becomes seed for a more permanent operation with roots.

Independent boutique pop-ups and larger retail bases alike are getting a much-needed sales assist this season. Demand is at a year-long high for Retail Sign Holders and special Pop-Up Sign Holders that ship flat and “pop-up” on an easel stand…easily maneuverable, serviceable, and portable for user friendliness.

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Fred Segal Pop-Up Shop

 

VACP Vinyl Sign Holders are designed with tough, rigid vinyl that’s light and inexpensive. It slants back to meet the eye from countertops and flat “pop-up” surfaces, and the foldable easel makes it easy to wrap up at the end of the day. Plus, it features a clear brochure pocket so vendors can use a “grab-n-go” approach with bustling Christmas shoppers. Hook ‘em with a catchy sign and give them information to-go.

Table Tents and other Acrylic Sign Holders are also in the spotlight, including multi-sided displays especially popular on larger retail floors.

As for the future of Pop-Up stores beyond the holidays? TotalRetail quoted consultant Stephen Brooks, who specializes on the subject. Brooks cited what’s “already happening in the U.K.” as businesses work cooperatively. Sharing retail and pop-up space is not necessarily dividing square footage…it’s multiplying sales potential in ways that are “great for the town, great for employment, great for coffee shops and restaurants, and great for the community in general.”