Solutions to Common Challenges When Planning a Visual Merchandising Campaign - Part 4

Short Lead Times and Other Special Circumstances

[This is the final post in a four-post blog series in which we address common pain points clients face while planning a visual merchandising campaign as well as multiple solutions to address these challenges. See our preceding posts here:

Getting the Best Design Without Blowing the Budget
Planning the Ultimate Path-to-Purchase
Securing Buy-In from Box Stores]
 



In-store display programs and their requirements are far from cookie-cutter.  Brands come to the table with unique budgets, specific timeframes, and different warehousing needs for their visual merchandising. 

Because of this, retail display companies must have a variety of assets at their disposal to ensure they’re meeting each client’s objectives.  Following is a list of common solutions a well-versed retail display company can offer when their clients have distinct requirements.

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New product introductions always have timelines, so a company that offers fully integrated solutions will be well-equipped to tackle any special requests for short lead times.

Dave Loyda, Director of Strategic Initiatives at Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc., explains, “Having all your resources including designers, engineers, estimators, and production art to a full-scale model shop under one roof can offer streamlined communication and the ability to compress lead times.”

Clients reap the advantages of this arrangement when planning their in-store display programs.  A team approach to a project means designers and engineers are on the same page when dictating the look and feel of a program.  It also means estimators can add expertise to ensure design concepts and material suggestions fit within the budgetary guidelines.

“This combination of services out of one company can reduce program lead times” Loyda says. “It also provides flexibility to make program changes and the ability to make those changes immediately per client direction.”

Product Variety Equals Success

When a display company only works in corrugated material or has engineers who are less familiar with a variety of substrates, clients lose out on valuable options that could reduce costs or shave off production time for their in-store display campaigns.

A larger retail display company that works with a variety of materials and vendors will have options to meet specific needs, whether that entails using materials that will hold up better long-term, offering shorter production requirements, or meeting special requests for environmentally-friendly materials.

“Because pricing and availability can fluctuate in specific industries, it’s always helpful when you are able to work with a display company who can offer solutions that incorporate multiple materials and possess a vast network of vendors who can produce varied raw materials and products,” Loyda states. “Understanding and working with multiple materials offers innovative and creative solutions that maximize cost efficiencies for our clients.”

Pack Them Up and Send Them Out

Sometimes warehousing and distribution details can be overlooked in retail display programs, but these specifics are important to keeping a project on time and organized.

“Companies need to plan how they want to store displays that have staggered launch dates and distribution schedules,” Loyda confirms.  “These details are crucial, and your retail display company should be able to help facilitate these arrangements.”

There are many factors to consider when utilizing assembly, warehousing, and distribution services.  What is the capacity?  Is the facility temperature-controlled?  Does it offer surveillance and locked storage?  Is it set up for efficient shipping and receiving and inventory management?

These questions and more are critical factors in determining how smoothly a program rolls out.  A good assembly and distribution facility will make the logistics of any project easier.

Conclusion

Retail display campaigns can have many variables that disrupt timelines or add challenges.  However, working with a fully integrated retail display company can turn headaches into relief when it comes to addressing short lead times and other unique situations.

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As a leader in the point-of-purchase industry, Frank Mayer and Associates, Inc. often provides solutions to client’s unique needs.  Read more about our services and learn about our 200,000-square-foot assembly, production, warehousing, and distribution facility.

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