Yearly Archives: 2014

Introducing Portaglas!

Portaglas – the amazing new storage & catering crate for glasses

We can almost hear you thinking – “Amazing? Really?? A glass storage box?!”

Well we could give it other adjectives like practical and efficient, before consigning it to history as just another functional box for storing things. But the truth is, if you’re in the catering, events and hospitality business, or a wine retailer offering a glass hire service, you’ll appreciate that it’s little functional boxes like this that can literally save your life. Ok not literally, but certainly and utterly metaphorically speaking, it probably could.

So we’d like to introduce you to the arguably amazing and certainly new Portaglas storage box for glassware and bottles and breakables. Here’s what’s so great about it.

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Grow wild for National Gardening Week

It’s National Gardening Week this week!

Last year, we rounded up all the gift packaging and retail display items you could use to promote it, along with 5 simple gardening week ideas you could do in your shop to boost sales. This year we’re at it again, except that now we have a host of display props to help you set the scene for any awareness days window display or ‘hot-spot’ in store. Gerry Moss, retail developer, guides us through how he’d dress to impress green-fingered customers.

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WBC joins the Whole Foods Market Breakfast Run

Congratulations to Kevin, Maria and James who joined hundreds of amateur and professional runners to complete this year’s Human race – Whole Foods Market Breakfast run. Together they raised a total of £1,073 for their supported charities the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Samaritans, Born Free Foundation. If you’d like to still support them, you can do so by clicking on our ‘Golden Gussets’ Just Give page.

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How important is your store window anyway?

Sales window display at sweet shop, Hope and Greenwood

Attracting shoppers to your store begins way before they even step through the front door. If the eyes are the window to the soul, then creating winning windows that work, is where the road to success begins.

As the modern pace of life increases and working hours continue to break from the traditional 9 – 5, we as consumers have become ever more demanding.  We want to eat, we want to drink and we expect to shop wherever and whenever we choose.

Now you could, like the old countryside churches, keep your doors open to the masses 24/7. But for most retailers, unless you live in the States, that’s just never going to happen. So perhaps it’s time we considered just how big of a showcase opportunity your windows display can be. May be it’s time to really learn how to use it to its maximum effect, so that your window display is working when you are not.

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Gerry Loves: visual merchandising inspiration from World Markets

As a retail product developer, I’m often asked where I get my ideas from. The answer is everywhere and anywhere, but very often it’s found in the world markets I travel to. They’re such a rich source of inspiration, especially for sourcing authentic visual merchandising solutions. From humble fruits and vegetables, to livestock and flowers; local markets are the heartbeat of any city, town or village.

This past February, I had the great fortune of once again revisiting the breath-taking and vibrant Rajasthan region of India. Pulsating with people, noise and winding streets, our travels lead us to a simple village market with an inspirational way of displaying their wares.

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The pop-up, workshop, workspace – cum café bar.

I have this niggling suspicion that I’m no longer ‘down with the kids’. Of course the litmus test for that is probably anyone who still says ‘down with the kids’, despite the phrase being consigned to the scrapheap of coolness some gazillion iPhone models back. The workshop, workspace, cum café thing. When did this happen? I mean as a business model? Because it seems all the rage right now and I think I like it. Who needs a traditional office space when you can work surrounded by the raw beauty of over-fed hipsters? He said, removing his tongue from his cheek. Nonetheless, I took a wander down to Look Mum No Hands to find out how this cafe has become more than just a cafe.

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