Do not neglect the principles of presenting an assortment in a shoe store: using them correctly, you can influence the behavior of the buyer and lead him in the right direction, or, conversely, distract attention and create conditions for a spontaneous purchase.
It’s worth mentioning right away that the principles described in this article are applicable only to stores with price positioning in the economic and middle segment. Luxury stores as well as those who work according to the scheme “all stock is in the hall, goods are taken out of the warehouse” are guided by slightly different rules worthy of a separate material.
There are at least four basic ways of arranging shoes in a sales area: by brand, size, collection, and category. All these principles have their own characteristics and disadvantages that should be taken into account in each case.
Branding. Owners of multi-brand shoe stores often believe that “their brands are well known to everyone”, therefore they mistakenly believe that the arrangement of shoes by brands will help the buyer navigate the product. In fact, shoe brands that are really familiar to most Russian buyers can be counted on the fingers, and they are usually only sold in brand stores. Most brands of the economic and middle segment are known only to professional shoe makers, and they are most likely sold in your store.
If you are not sure that your brands are on the top list of the most recognizable in Russia, do not risk using the branding. Otherwise, the store will not benefit in sales from the use of such a calculation: the buyer will simply ignore your concept, and his actions to find the goods will be chaotic.
Use branding if your store’s assortment has at least one brand of high recognition and you know for sure that it will attract a customer. Highlight this brand in a separate brand corner, decorating it with branded POS materials. The equipment for such a corner may differ from the main equipment of the store, which will allow marking the brand zone against the general background, thus creating a kind of “shop in store” (shop-in-shop).
Sizing It was widespread under socialism, and today it can be used in economy-format stores and discounters that sell leftovers or incomplete dimensional nets. For the seller, the principle of size distribution is useful in that it allows you to mask the lack of size of individual models, and the buyer is convenient in that he saves his time. Upon entering the store, the customer immediately approaches the equipment with his size, and he does not need the seller’s help to find the size in the warehouse. The disadvantage of this method is that if the buyer has a "floating size", or the exact size of the model is not known, he will have to walk between the two racks in search of the right product. This can cause the buyer a feeling of annoyance and a sense of wasted time.
The calculation in size signals the buyer that the price of this product is low. Therefore, it is recommended to use it either during the sale, or in a store that does not have image claims. In addition, the layout method in size is only suitable for large-sized trading floors, since in fact it is a somewhat modified concept of “the entire stock in the hall”. When planning a store using this method, it is very important that the size navigation is clearly visible from the entrance. As for the division within the dimensional zones, it is advisable to group shoes in them according to the principle of “like with like”.
Arrangement for collections. From the point of view of the buyer, the concept of “collection” in the shoe industry is very arbitrary, because in the generally accepted sense, a collection is a set of models that make up an ensemble, that is, can be worn together. The concept of the ensemble is not applicable to shoes, because a person cannot put one foot on a boot and the other on a high-heeled shoe. Therefore, in the shoe industry, a collection refers to a set of articles (styles), united by one color scheme and the materials from which they are made.
The arrangement of the collections in the shoe store is carried out using additional accessories: bags, scarves, belts, gloves and other goods. This principle of calculation will be useful in a store in which sales of additional accessories make up a significant share, which is typical for retail outlets of the medium and medium-high segment. Buyers of shoe stores at this level are usually wealthy enough to purchase a pair of shoes and a bag with one check. In addition, the arrangement of the collections in the shoe store orientates the buyer to a spontaneous choice, since it does not help him make the target purchase. That is why this method will not be effective in stores of the "medium-low" or "economy" segments, in which people come to meet a specific need, and not "for a good mood."
When arranging shoes according to collections, it should be noted that accessories must completely match the color and style with the shoes next to which they are placed. Otherwise, it will no longer be a collection, and the meaning of such a grouping of goods completely disappears. In addition, do not abuse the number of bags, otherwise the shoes will simply be lost against the background of these larger accessories.
Shoe placement by categories - the best way to satisfy the specific desire of the customer, because the product category is what the buyer came to the store for. For example, a customer might look for “high heel shoes for graduation”, “ballet flats for a set with jeans,” “ankle boots like in a magazine,” “demi-season boots for replacing old ones that get wet,” or “child’s shoes for school.” All these are specifically formulated wishes of the buyer, which the seller must satisfy. And arranging shoes into categories is the best assistant in this matter.
To apply the calculation by category, you must determine what product categories your product range is divided into. In stores with a wide assortment, this division can be very detailed, for example, not only “shoes”, but “shoes with stilettos”, “shoes with wedges” and “shoes with low heels” stand out. In stores with a narrower assortment, it is enough to divide the goods into the categories “boots”, “shoes”, “sports shoes” and others.
Place goods from the more popular categories in the best places, send models that have just been added to the assortment there. This will allow you to see how customers react to the new product. In the layout of goods by categories, the use of cross-merchandising methods is also encouraged, that is, the addition of shoes on the shelves with bags and accessories.
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