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Topics: pop displays
The retail industry continues to face shorter planning horizons, and thanks to the success of companies like Amazon, we live in an “I want it now” world in which immediate gratification is the norm. Meeting customer expectations for fast delivery and convenience has become a competitive requirement. When it comes to POP displays, one option to achieve shorter delivery times is finding a stock display that will work right out of the box and can ship immediately. However, it is not always possible to find just the right fixture to meet your needs. We’ve been big advocates of customizing stock displays as a solution that can meet the requirement for fast turnaround times as well as the need for customized branding and more of a differentiated look.
Direct printing opens up a world of possibilities for POP displays. So, what is direct printing and what is so great about it?
Securing countertop space for POP displays is a bit like scoring beachfront property. Because of its relative scarcity, it is often tough to get, but once you get it, the sunsets, or in this case return on investment, can be amazing. This is particularly true of countertop space that is near the checkout area since it is the highest point of traffic capture. But traffic alone won’t sell your product. Once you have the right countertop location, it’s all about merchandising effectiveness. A great display not only garners shopper attention but makes a statement about your brand or product and ultimately converts shoppers to buyers.
Topics: pop displays
POP displays are a bit like the fashion industry: They must continually evolve to meet the changing needs of retailers and brands. In many of our blogs we try to share examples of our display work across a broad range of industries, products, display types and categories. While much of the work we do involves custom retail displays, we also try to share examples of some of the stock displays we offer that are ready to ship right away. We work with many of our customers to customize our stock displays by adding custom signs and various accessories.
In today’s blog, we’ll look at 10 recent examples in which we used different types of materials to create POP displays that are affordable, functional, and effective from a merchandising standpoint. We get a lot of questions from customers and prospects regarding the best materials to use so we thought it would be helpful to show a variety of examples of how different materials can be used. The answer as to what materials are best to use in creating your POP display can be summed up in two words: it depends. It depends on durability requirements, aesthetic objectives, functionality goals, holding capacity, store décor considerations, budget availability, project timing, and much more. Let’s look at some practical day-to-day examples of POP displays to see what materials we used and how we used them.
We’ve recently heard a lot of concern about tariffs on POP displays manufactured in China. The current 10% tariff is inclusive of all of the HTS codes that are typically used to import POP displays from China. On January 1st, tariffs are expected to increase to 25%, which will certainly have a greater impact on display manufacturers who manufacture in China as well as their customers who are likely to see price increases.
It started with an elementary school writing assignment. I was probably 8 years old. Our teacher asked us to write a poem about someone we admired. I still remember the opening lines of my poem. It went like this: “There once was a boxer named Cassius Clay, Muhammad Ali as he would say.” It was my way of introducing one of the most famous sports heroes of all time. The poem chronicled Ali’s triumphant victory in which he won the World Heavyweight title in an epic fight with Joe Frazier. I still remember the beginning of the final stanza of the poem: “In the 15th round Ali saw, an open path to Frazier’s jaw.”
Disruption is the single biggest driver of innovation. Successful pioneers of innovation are those who are not seeking to build a better mousetrap, but rather, those searching for a new way to catch mice. A fundamental truth of disruption is that it not only spurs innovation and facilitates change, but it makes people take notice. Disruptors control the narrative often because they change our way of life- think Uber in the transportation industry, Amazon in retail, Apple in music, and yes, Donald Trump in American politics. You don’t have to disrupt an entire industry or product category to reap the benefits of disruption. In today’s blog, we’ll offer a framework to help you leverage the power of disruption through POP displays as a means of driving incremental sales and improving brand recognition.
I remember getting an iPhone 4S in 2011 which Apple introduced with the beta version of Siri, a personal virtual assistant technology it had acquired in 2010. Voice recognition technology had been around for a long time, but Siri was the first broad-domain, conversational spoken-language mobile app assistant deployed at scale. I grilled Siri pretty hard with questions like, “Who is the President of the Ecuador? What is the square root of 148?”, and so on. With more playful questions like ‘Why did the chicken cross the road?”, I would get answers back like “Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road crossed the chicken depends on your frame of reference, according to Einstein.” I concluded that Siri was pretty smart and also a bit sassy. But, after a few weeks of use, I found that the novelty began to wear off and my frustration began to grow when she wasn’t able to understand some fairly basic things that I asked of her. I got tired of repeating myself and soon fell into a pattern of on non-use that lasted for several years. As subsequent releases of Siri improved, I began using her more for things like directions, calling friends and family, and dictating texts and emails. However, it wasn’t until this year’s Consumer Electronics Show that I really began to realize how big voice-activated virtual personal assistant technology is going to be and how transformative it could be for the retail industry and for those of us who design and manufacture POP displays.