Point Of Sale

DESIGN FOR RETAIL DISPLAY

We’ve gathered up some inspiration for retail display that will help create impact for your products.

When diving into Retail Display, whether it be a Pop-Up Shop, Free Standing Display Unit, Shelf Space or Floor Graphics, there are many considerations you should make regarding design and the science of visual merchandising. Your sales space has to be efficient and productive as your retail display is effectively your main salesperson and focal point. Often, the more stylish, creative and outlandish your retail display is, the bigger lure you have over potential customers. The end goal is to make your business stand out from your competitors and the best way to achieve this is through strong and effective design.

FREE STANDING DISPLAY UNITS

Free Standing Display Units (FSDU) are the main tools used for Point-of-Sale which are utilised by retailers and marketing teams. Free Standing Display Units are perfect for displaying new products or a promotional offer. FSDU’s are also very effective in enhancing brand awareness among existing customers and new customers. Having a high quality Free Standing Display Unit not only raises your brand profile but also increases product sales. Free Standing Display Units are typically made for temporary use, however, the advantages of creating a bespoke, high quality display unit are far greater. Take Walsh Whiskey Distillery for example. Walsh Whiskey Distillery recently had bespoke Free Standing Display Units created to be displayed as part of their Pop-Up Shop in Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport. The Pop-Up Shop remained on display in Dublin Airport for 2 months as part of a marketing campaign to raise brand awareness and increase product sales. However, after the 2 months passed, instead of discarding the Free Standing Display Units, Walsh Whiskey Distillery were able to reuse the display units in their own whiskey distillery based in Carlow. By Walsh Whiskey Distillery making the decision to make a high end Free Standing Display Unit and Pop-Up Shop, they not only made a lasting impression in Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport during peak season, but they were able to make use of the display units again ultimately maximising their value for money.

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Example of how Walsh Whiskey Distillery has high quality bespoke Free Standing Display Units built to display in Terminal 2 of Dublin Airport. Due to the quality of materials used and high end finish they were able to reuse them in their own distillery afterwards. Design by AKGraphics.

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Copper piping used on the Walsh Whiskey Distillery Retail Display Units. Design by AKGraphics.

 


HIGHLIGHTING SHELF SPACE FOR RETAIL DISPLAY

Highlighting Shelf Space is another important aspect to considering when contemplating diving into Retail Display. Making you product stand out from the rest of your competitors can some times be a tricky task, however, by highlighting shelf space and creating a separate section for your products, you not only allow your product to stand out, but it also gives your brand a sense of superiority and prestige. Highlighting Shelf Space makes your brand look special, so special that it has its own section. This effect can be achieved by framing the shelf space with some branding, this would be the simplest solution as you are still using the existing shelves. Another solution to highlight shelf space is to have a box built into the shelf, this allows you create more interesting shelves and generally lets you customise your shelf space more creatively.

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Glenfiddich utilised their shelf space by having a box built into the shelves. This allowed them to create interesting and intricate shelves which enhances the display of their products. Design not by AKGraphics.

 


LARGE AND SMALL SCALE FLOOR GRAPHICS FOR RETAIL DISPLAY

Another alternative option for retail display is creating floor graphics, or floor stickers, as some people refer to them as. Displaying your brand as floor graphics opens the door for your business to be very creative and innovative, whilst still maintaining the corporate style. Designs for Floor graphics that are large and very effective as they often cannot be overlooked. Floor graphics can vary in size, from large aisle-long graphics to small and medium sized floor stickers. Because the large floor graphics are often very eye catching, it means the smaller sized floor graphics often have to be more innovative – making the passer by to take notice and remember the message.

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Heineken used large floor graphics in this supermarket to promote the release of their new product, “Heineken Light”. The huge, aisle-long graphics are impossible not to miss. Design not by AKGraphics.

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Fox’s used a small floor graphic, however, by being innovative and creative they were able to get equal impact to a large floor sticker design. Design not by AKGraphics.

 


UNUSUAL MATERIALS USED FOR RETAIL DISPLAY

Retail Displays are often made out of cardboard, however, a whole range of material can be used and considered as an alternative. Wood, metal, plastic, concrete and glass are just some of the materials that can be used to display your retail space. Often, for temporary display units cardboard is used which is limited in terms of what you can do with it. However, an alternative to this is Re-Board. Re-Board is a rigid paperboard, it is lightweight which makes it perfect for temporary display units, however, it is extremely strong which means it could be used for short and long term retail display units. Re-Board can be printed directly onto which allows you to mimic different material such as wood and metal. Re-Board could be used for both Free Standing Display Units (FSDU) and for Highlighting Shelf Space.

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Example of Re-Board used to create a tall Free Standing Display Unit (FSDU). Design not by AKGraphics.

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Example of how textures can be printed on to Re-Board to create a more expensive and exclusive finish. Design not by AKGraphics.

 


EXTRAVAGANT AND CLEVER RETAIL DISPLAY UNITS

Some Businesses can go over the top with their retail display, however, they often have a big reward. More extravagant retail displays and crafty retail display unit have more of a chance the passer by will take notice, remember and importantly tell others about it. Whether this is from just sheer size or a combination of huge scale, lights, unusual materials, clever marketing and effective design – the result is often the same, increase in product sales.

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Red Bull went for huge scale and innovative thinking and decided to build their own Formula 1 car out of Re-Board to display their energy drinks. This was both promoting their energy drink product and their car which races regularly in Formula 1.
Design not by AKGraphics.

Hendricks used a mixture of witty marketing and unusual materials to successfully promote their gin in this display unit. A bathtub that dispenses gin caught many customers attention. Design not by AKGraphics.

Hendricks used a mixture of witty marketing and unusual materials to successfully promote their gin in this display unit. A bathtub that dispenses gin caught many customers attention. Design not by AKGraphics.

Hopefully some of the above ideas have grabbed your attention. If you required your own bespoke retail display design you can contact Anne on 059 9133633 or email anne@akgraphics.ie

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Pop-up Shop Design – An Exciting Retail Venture

Through designing and creating the Walsh Whiskey Pop-up shop in Terminal 2 in Dublin airport we have gained the knowledge of how to go about this exciting retail venture. Here at AKGraphics we can help you through this process, we can collaborate our ideas together to get the most out the retail space. A “pop-up shop” is a short-term, temporary retail event that is “here today, gone tomorrow”. Pop-up retail is the temporary use of physical space to create a long term, lasting impression with potential customers.

It allows any enterprising individual to try out their ideas. It is a cheaper solution to all year rentals that reaches out to a new demographic. There is the possibility for online retailers to gain footfall particularly with the busier seasons.

Thinking of opening a pop-up shop but don’t know where to begin? We have gathered our inspiration sources that shows a variety of approaches for this creative retail solutions. The following are the top visual merchandising approaches that we are excited to use on these retail ventures. (Please note images below are to visual merchandising and display graphics only and are not showing design work from AKGraphics) You can view some of our visual merchandising for the Walsh Whiskey Pop-up shop here.

Dressing Bare Walls

Dressing up the Pop-up shop retail space can dramatically change this space. Well designed wall graphics can convert the bare walls into a whole new retail environment. Display stands can be created in keeping with the design of the wall graphics and branding to create a consistent shop appearance. The graphics can be fitted and finished in a variety of amazing techniques but can also be specifically designed to adapt to a new space.

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A New Space for the Brand

By changing the retail space the product is normally viewed it catches attention and can have a lasting brand impact. A short-term shop can take a product out of its normal sale space and offer a new light, most products are sold in shops with hundreds of other options, giving your product its own space really drives home the brand and all the products it has to offer. It’s the perfect space for a product launch event. It can also gain a new demographic and more footfall.

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Fashion Pop-up Shop Design

What to do when you’re facing a tight budget? Experiment with creative materials. It can display the fantastic workmanship that goes in to a Pop-up Store. Using simple display can create a different appeal. These three fashion Pop-up Shops use a very different approach using effective graphic design and visual merchandising.

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 How to Define the Shop in a Open Space

Kiosk-styled stands are the perfect opportunity to create a new Pop-up display, particularly in large open spaces such as airports and shopping centres. Using different structures really define the environment and subtle touches like floor graphics help to create this temporary retail space. By defining the space it creates a new retail environment that grabs the attention of passers by.

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Design of Visual Window Graphics

Visual window displays may be the first thing anyone sees and needs to have a lasting effect. This promotion display needs to right amount of pull to intrigue your audience and get foot traffic. Our attention span nowadays is short so this retail display needs to demand attention using text, colour, shape and engaging with the environment around. It can really highlight the product and create brand awareness.

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Weird and Wonderful

Sometimes pulling out all the stops can be a real pay-off. For these temporary retail ventures they created a new environment with an eye-catching appeal. These Pop-up shops and custom event furniture offer such different products but created a unique retail experience. These structures are movable and can be brought to any location. It is valuable retail opportunity that maximises the brand exposure.

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If you have an idea to create a Pop-up shop for your brand, but don’t know where to start you can contact us to arrange a meeting to have a chat about the different options. We can then put together a proposal and work with you to design a pop-up shop and create the perfect retail space that will create a buzz around your brand.

Contact Anne on 059 9133633 or email anne@akgraphics.ie and we’ll take it from there.

You can also view some of previous in other areas here.








 

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Table Talker with Medical Infographic Design

Infographic design for a Table Talker for Aut Even Hospital

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Table talkers are a very popular promotional Point of Sale (POS) advertising device in restaurants. Table talkers have the advantage of close proximity to customers when they take a seat and consider what to eat.

Although most commonly found in cafes and bars these promotional items are not limited to the food industry. They can be used to great advantage in the hospitality industry, travel agencies, pharmaceutical, financial services and even medical industries as seen in this design project for Aut Even Hospital, Kilkenny.

Sometimes an informational flyer will not have the impact required, in these cases a table talker is a great alternative promotional tool. This is also evident at large conferences, trade shows and events.

Aut Even Hospital required a printed item that would explain to patients why they are repeatedly asked to confirm their identity in the hospital. The process of confirming a patient’s details is necessary in the hospital and the design for the table talker had to convey this in a clear way.

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By designing custom infographics the finished design for the table talker was clear and engaging. The use of bold colours also helped to ensure the design was eye-catching and appealing.

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More common uses for table talkers are for special offers, events, food and drink menus in bars, restaurants and cafes. Due to the ability for table talkers to instantly deliver your promotional message, they are very effective at instant communication for any target market.

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Click here to view more of our infographic design section.

Or if you are looking for our display section click here.

If you are interested in having table talkers designed for your business contact Anne on

+353 59 9133633 or email anne@akgraphics.ie

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What is an infographic?

Infographics are visual representations of information that you see everyday without realising. The washing instructions on your clothes tag, following the illustrated instructions for building your flatpack furniture, reading a map and even crossing the road at the light of the green man – these are all infographics.

Infographics are used to communicate information quickly, clearly and attract and maintain attention. They are particularly effective when you have a lot of text or number heavy content.

Without knowing the term infographics you might refer to these as; graphs / piecharts, illustrations, clip art, icons, symbols or information design but it’s up to us to understand that you mean infographics!

Goboof – The Alfa Portable Vaporizer 

Instructional infographics were designed for Goboof – The Alfa Portable Vaporizer, to be found within the designed User Manual to visually describe how to use this product.

AKGraphics designed the full packaging suite for Goboof. Our infographics illustrated the product’s many features; using the product, cleaning the product etc. The infographics for the downloadable User Manual were simplified to be used as web icons on www.goboof.com also.

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University College Dublin

In AKGraphics we often design infographics for various Annual Reports to make complicated information or statistics visually attractive and easier to comprehend.

This is evident in our Annual Report designs for UCD Report of the President; 2013 and 2014. By using well designed infographics, important facts and figures quickly communicate a strong message. Condensing text content and applying good design with strong colourful graphics makes an annual report more digestible for its intended target market. We’ve also created information graphics for the Annual reports of UCD College of Business (UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School) in 2013 and 2014.

Infographics can have other uses like for web graphics, added to powerpoint presentations, email newsletters or on social media – and even many more!

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Irish Lime, Clogrennane Lime Ltd (CRH Group)

Illustration infographics were designed to graphically visualise the complex step-by-step production process for Irish Lime, Clogrennane Lime Ltd.

This design request was part of a large display graphic stand AKGraphics designed for Clogrennane Lime for the National Ploughing Championships.

By designing an illustrated infographic solution of how Clogrennane Lime production works step by step this resulted in an eye catching graphic display for the audience attending their stand at the NPA Show.

Clear, effective well-designed communications makes a salesman’s job much easier at a busy trade show where high volumes of traffic exist, plus it can be a great talking point for a sale also. Strong infographics can captivate an intended audience quickly.

This particular infographic has been used for web graphics and also in a poster display, making the infographic very worthwhile for the client as it had multiple uses.

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 The Department of Social Protection

The Department of Social Protection requested AKGraphics simplify text heavy statistics and a year’s worth of facts and figures regarding the full spend within each Department for 2014. The request from the Department was to illustrate an easy-to-read two-page solution of these statistics for the 2014 downloadable Annual Report.

The result from AKGraphics was a friendly colourful A3 sized infographic to portray all the information in a simplest way that made the information understandable for all ages. Key to the design of this detailed infographic was to illustrate all the different types of people that the Department of Social Protection assists on a daily basis in Ireland. Additional individual statistics were also created as infographics for The Department of Social Protection for use in house in powerpoint presentations or on social media.

Click here to see the annual report and our ‘2014 in review’ infographic on the Department of Social Protection’s website.

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Carlow Warehousing

Colourful, impactful website infographics were created for Carlow Warehousing, a logistics and e-commerce fulfilment company, to visually present the smart technology offered within their vast expanding company.

AKGraphics designed the new website and also a promotional brochure to market Carlow Warehousing to a wider audience. These infographics were used as a web banner on the new website. AKGraphics also created other web graphics used on the site.

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Infographics are great for your business because they have so many varied uses, in reports, promotional material, web graphics, display graphics, apps, online newsletters, powerpoint presentations or even PDF presentations.

AKGraphics apply strategic thinking to develop an effective infographic by working as a team. We make sure everything fits together seamlessly as demonstrated within all of our work. If you would like to discuss infographic design in more detail, please do not hesitate to call Anne on 059 9133633. To see more samples of AKGraphics’ work click here to browse through our portfolio and check out our infographics section.

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Graphic Design for Carlow Free Range

Last week we mentioned some of the local Carlow business’ that we work with. This week again we’d like to mention Carlow Free Range as we just completed a lovely job with them you’re all sure to see around!

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Carlow Free Range Leaflet / Flyer

Working closely with Bertram and Celine Salter we’ve helped them with a range of design projects such as redesigning their business card, stationery , poster and creating a promotional flyer. Our latest project with Carlow Free Range was creating their vehicle graphics.

Vehicle graphics prove to be very successful for businesses and are an easy way to get your brand out there and known to every person you pass. Working with Carlow Free Range’s existing logo was an easy task as it contains fun elements that look great when blown up large to fit their van.

Carlow Free Range Van Graphic Design

In our previous work with Carlow Free Range we helped them with creating colourful promotional items which were distributed in butchers and stores throughout the country. Now with their new van and vehicle graphics they will be able to promote their delicious product even more!

Carlow Free Range Business Card and Poster

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Multifunctional Podium for Tradeshows

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Using a cleverly designed podium to hold and display your tablet at tradeshows creates an easy, clean and professional way to present your specific products or services. By changing the top the same podium can also be used as a competition box or simply used as a meeting point or display table. The podium itself is lightweight, easy to assemble and gives a huge opportunity and space to apply your company or business branding. All artwork is easy and quick to change meaning you can keep the one podium and change the design as often as you like. Call us if you require more information!

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AKGraphics’ Tips: Preparing for and Surviving Tradeshows

It’s tradeshow time of year and we’ve prepared a quick 7 step ‘To Do’ list for before, during and after tradeshow events.

Tradeshows work in 3 stages: Before, During and After and the more contact you have with your target market during all of these stages the better.

1. Let your audience know you’re going to be there.

Even if you have not received your specific row / booth / stand number yet the earlier you let your target market know you’re going to be at an event the better.

This can be done via social media, printed flyers, postcards / newsletters, signage, email or newspaper ads.

2. Be easy to find.

You might not receive your row / booth / stand number until the last minute so the last thing you want is to have spent all that time promoting that you’re going to be at an event and your clients can’t even find you when it comes to it.

Utilise social media and tweet or post directions to your trade stand. Even a simple ‘We’re four stalls down from the chip van’ will help!

Once you know your location of your trade stand let your audience know.

3. Be prepared.

It’s important to be prepared. Organise in advance what it is you want to achieve and then work out your budget around that. To do this AKGraphics are here to assist regarding direction, quotations, budget, design, print and delivery.

Your trade stand needs to explain who you are and what you’re about in one glance, we recommend to keep it simple, bright and inviting. Once you’ve attracted an audience make sure that your stand is easy to navigate. Nothing will put a person off more than the thought of having to squeeze their way in and out.

With outdoor events it’s all about stability. Your displays must be secure and where they’re placed must be thought about. Again, AKGraphics are here to assist regarding layout, finish and assembly.

Tradeshows are crowded and you don’t want to be in people’s way and worse you don’t want your trade stand to be dangerous to walk around with low hanging displays or things that can trip people up.

4. Stand Out – Remember less is more.

It’s important that you get your brand and name out there but sometimes companies trade stands can be overkill and they end up driving clients away rather than enticing them in.

We inform our clients preparing for tradeshows that three key items done well will work best. These can range from flags to various different size and shape displays.We can design and supply: PVC Banners, Corriboard Signs, Marquee Graphics, Signage, Wall Graphics Flexiwalls, Flags, Promotional Clothing, Promotional Items, Flyers, Brochures, Postcards, Business Cards, Stickers, Promotional Bags, Pop-up Banners, Videos and more.

Tradeshows are about getting your brand and your product / service out there and the more attractive and inviting your trade stand the more you’ll be remembered.

5.  You’re there to entertain.

Tradeshows are big events for companies to do and can be very daunting, a few days of interacting directly and constantly with clients is hard work but the importance of doing this well can’t be forgotten.

People want to be attracted into your trade stand and promotional items are the best way to do this. Everyone loves free stuff be it a bowl of sweets or a simple tote bag that could have your logo / brand printed across it. Examples of things that we know to work are: Printed pens, notepads, keyrings, memory sticks, draw string bags, stickers and for a younger audience; setting up a scene to get people to photograph themselves at and post to social media. This is a very simple way of promoting your business as the client is doing all the work!

6. Sell your business – Your Unique Selling Point.

The point of a tradeshow is to get your name out there and get your product / service known and more importantly remembered and you want to be remembered for the right reasons and not the wrong ones.

Make sure you’re smartly presented – first impressions last.

Printed tshirts are an inexpensive and easy way to keep your staff looking smart and unified as a team.

Smile. Keep it friendly. Tradeshows are surprisingly tiring and we know exactly how it feels trying to keep cheery for the day and know it is easier said than done but it really is a point we can’t stress more. We’re repeating ourselves but you’re there to entertain your clients and give them the best impression of your business and a simple smile goes a long way.

You’d be surprised how many businesses do forget to bring business cards to tradeshows. It’d be great to think that you’d be remembered easily but tradeshows are busy and people are visiting multiple trade stands over long days so getting a printed business card and getting it out to as many people as you can will be more than beneficial.

7. Thank you.

The 3rd stage of the tradeshow is the After and it’s just as important as the Before and During.

Making sure you thank your clients for coming to see you as it keeps up positive contact and again doesn’t allow people to forget you easily.

This can be done maybe by sending a emails or printed postcard to clients which brings in a personal element.

It can also be done again over social media, email or on your website.

 

Hopefully this list will help you in your preparations in the run up to your tradeshow event.

Have a look at our Pinterest to see examples of Tradeshow Graphics that we’ve designed.

Let us know if you’ve any questions or if you’re looking to stand out and be different at an event you’ve coming up, or if you just wish to see more, or discuss a particular project you have in mind, please get in touch.
Have a look at our work at www.akgraphics.ie or give us a call on +353 (0)59 9133 633.

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Duckett’s Grove Design

Presenting Duckett’s Grove Design – Craft & Gift Emporium, Carlow’s premier showcase for the collective work of talented craft makers. Officially launched by Minister Phil Hogan and we are very proud of our design work. Thanks to all at Carlow County Development Partnership and spread the word about Duckett’s Grove Design.

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