I absolutely love Topshop’s visual merchandising! They use such interesting and innovative ideas. I would love their visual merchandising team to come and design my future house!
Forget Category Captains. We need Category Lieutenants:
The retailer is interested in the consumers’ behaviour in each of the two or three hundred categories it offers, but owing to a lack of critical mass in each category, the retailer does not have the budget or the personnel to discover the information. However, for a manufacturer, concentrating on a small set of categories, it is worthwhile. Another approach is to become category lieutenants. This is where a smaller supplier looks to complement the category captain by providing niche brands where the captain is weak or absent, and perhaps offering me-toos to reduce the dominance of the Category Captain
But is trade spend paying back? The evidence suggests not. One AC Nielsen study suggested that 90% of trade-marketing initiatives do not produce a positive ROI. While a staggering 40% of items
sold in US supermarkets were on promotion.