The Art of Attracting Customers: 8 Things Women Wish Retail Stores Would Do
Is retail dying a slow death in Singapore? Even Singapore’s famous shopping district, Orchard Road, has seen its vacancy rates hit 8.8% in the first quarter of 2016. This is the highest vacancy rate seen in five years, which is higher than the island-wide average of 7.3%! Suburban malls, online shopping and improvements in last-mile delivery services have threatened the existence of brands operating in brick-and-mortar shops. The government has rolled out the Retail Industry Transformation Map which recommends how retailers can remain competitive in an increasing disruptive landscape. Source: Spring Singapore Among leveraging on bigger initiatives to revitalise the retail industry, such as pedestrianising Orchard Road, pop-up events and themed activities such as the Star Wars festival, what else can retailers do to save their flagging businesses? I attended a Visual Merchandising masterclass organised by e2i (the Employment and Employability Institute) with participants in the retail trade. Photo: Andrew Tan’s Visual Merchandising Masterclass We learnt tips from Andrew Tan, the Singaporean who brought in Japanese products with craftsmanship, heritage and a high level of sophistication to Singapore. Source: Actus by atomi Besides operating his own store atomi at Mandarin Gallery, Andrew and his Japanese wife Mitsuko Murano, also helps retail stores such [...]
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