Retail Dogma

Merchandising

Hard Goods and Soft Goods in Retail

Hard goods and soft goods, or hardlines and softlines, are often used in categorizing product departments in merchandising and category management at big retail stores and big online retailers, such as Walmart, Target and Amazon. Hardlines Vs. Softlines Hardlines and softlines are usually merchandised and sold to customers in different ways. They also differ in …

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Store Layout

The store layout is the schematic design that shows the entire retail space and the locations of fixtures and display props around the store. It is meant to help the visual merchandiser plan the best way to utilize the available space for display, in order to deliver the highest sales per square foot, while maintaining …

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Size Run

A size run is all the sizes a particular product is being manufactured in. For example, a fashion item could have a size run from S to XL; a footwear item could have a size run from 36 to 40, and a bra could have a size run from 34A to 42F. When you say …

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Visual Merchandising: Definition, Elements & Importance

Visual Merchandising (VM) is the art of using a retailer’s products and combining it with other visual elements (props, lighting, materials, artwork,..etc) to create an appealing visual display of the merchandise offered for sale. The main goal of visual merchandising is to maximize sales through creative display of merchandise. History of Visual Merchandising The concept …

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Broken Sizes in Fashion Retail

Broken sizes is a term used by fashion retailers to describe an assortment that does not have full size range anymore, due to the sell out of some sizes. When a retailer launches a line of clothing it initially launches in full size range. After a while of displaying it on the floor and selling …

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Inventory Allocation in Retail

Inventory allocation is the process of assigning specific products, in specific quantities to be delivered to store locations, where they will be displayed and sold. Inventory allocation is typically done by the merchandiser or the inventory controller, and is uploaded on the retail merchandising system to be seen and actioned by the warehouse team. When …

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Replenishment Systems in Retail

Replenishment systems in retail are systems that are set in place to ensure every product that gets sold at the store is restocked, so that the store does not get into an out-of-stock situation while the products are available at the warehouse. Note: We are not talking here about purchasing or retail buying. This process …

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