Category "Shop Fit"

Once again Apple were ahead of the game when they launched their new retail experience show pieces (see our blog from September 2017). Designed around anticipating customer needs and providing a reason to visit their shops other than just to buy products, keeps Apple as one of the most successful consumer brands. With their landscaped locations, help desks and comfortable rest areas, Apple’s intention was to provide a space for the community to relax and enjoy, and maybe – just maybe – buy the latest iphone!

We know that retail continues to evolve to keep pace with consumer demand. It’s also interesting to see which brands are getting this right – what do they have in common to keep customers flooding through their doors? Great brands have a great story, they engage their audience who buy-in to their journey and their values and they find a place in the “community”. Luxury brands such as Joules and design house Kate Spade are the first to admit that their story finds its place with their customers and consequently firmly on the high street. Mary Beech the Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Kate Spade commented “Our goal is to continually be telling our story, ensuring we create thoughtful, unique programming and engaging with our customer whenever or wherever she wants”. This was put into action with an augmented reality campaign to publicise the launch of its Paris store.

Retailers Creating Experiences

Community Retail

Retailment

Community Hubs is something we will be hearing more about in the coming weeks and months as retailers continue to take a look at their offer and what more they can do to become integral to the high street, providing more reasons to visit.  Retailment is about providing customers with a fun and unique experience instore. Walmart stores in Little Rock Arkansas had the idea to bring in professional bullfighters to sign autographs instore which was a huge hit and resulted in increased footfall as well as media coverage. A stunt such as using real people in shop windows instead of mannequins which was done by NY&C store in Cerritos was another great way of getting the local community involved and talking about the store. When was the last time you saw a shop window full of “live mannequins”!

Standing out from the crowd

No matter what else continues to change on the high street, creating a welcoming space and environment which showcases your products will never go out of fashion. If you need help or advice on planning your next retail adventure – be it a popup, boutique, trade counter or charity – we can help you get a great return on investment.

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The Charity Retail Show is just days away and we are excited to be show-casing our unique display system Street76 which we have designed and developed to ensure it always remains on-trend and infinitely adaptable.

Street76 has been exclusively engineered to allow for ease of assembly and dismantling in a matter of seconds to enable shelves and hanging spaces to be moved quickly to reflect new stock and product lines, keeping you business ready at all times. This was a key component when we designed Street 76, allowing for quick and effortless adaptation for changing stock whilst minimising ‘down time’.

We wanted to reflect the high street and also ensure that the range continues to evolve with new additions as well as complementary furniture to accommodate different merchandise.

Street 76

Street 76

With different types of shelving and industrial cages and baskets – the range looks modern and robust and allows for different product ranges as well as providing for exciting ways to display merchandise, creating key product areas.  Street76 establishes a stylish and relaxed environment for shoppers to browse merchandise and encourage purchases.

Charity shop merchandise is impossible to predict with donated products which is why Street76 is perfect. When a key item is donated, the display can be re-arranged in seconds to accommodate it.  Having the ability to move your stock and display around quickly also keeps the shop looking new and fresh for regular shoppers.

Come and see us at the Charity Retail Show where you can take a look at the range for yourself and chat to our team to find out the full benefits of bringing Street76 to your retail estate.

Have you heard the news? Our NEW shop is open!

We’ve had a makeover and we’re excited to show off our brand new look.

We still have all your favourite products plus lots of new features we know you’ll love!

We’ve improved the structure of the website so you’ll find it easier to navigate whether you’re in the office or on the move.

You’ll find it quicker to access the information you need as well being able to see our whole product range at a glance. You may know us already for our protective packaging or for our retail consumables – in fact we offer so much more!

There’s more in store at Acopia!

We provide a complete solution for Goods Not For Resale – that’s everything that’s needed to keep your network or organisation running effectively everyday.

No one in the industry has our experience or knowledge gained over 42 years of experience working with our clients on bespoke business solutions. We operate in diverse range of sectors, servicing industry from Aviation to Healthcare to Sports & Leisure.

Service Driven

From looking after your warehousing and storage needs, to working with you on bespoke product development – our team of experts are on hand to ensure you get the very best out of your partnership with Acopia. Our specialist sales support team are your first port of call with non-stock items and special requirements.

Some of our Shop Fit Range

Some of our Shop Fit range

3D Retail Design Experience – Shop Fit and Fit Out

We specialise in innovative ways to display product in-store to create areas of interest and focus for shopping customers. We have a collaborative approach and a range of display solutions that create the perfect environment to support optimal sales. With our recent display range launch of Street 76 we bring you the latest high street looks.

Acopia prides itself at being at the forefront when it comes to providing support, advice and materials for your shop-fit. We can project manage the whole process for you, from concept stage, to designing your store layout, supplying all the materials and project managing the fit-out.

We work with you right from the start to bring your ideas and plans to life. We take your vision and turn it into reality before a single pot of paint has been opened. We pride ourselves at being at the cutting edge in the industry by being able to present you with 3D drawings of your finished shop!

So why not take a look at our featured products for May as well as our team’s Top Picks!

Discover more at Acopia – and explore your new website here!

Our goal at Acopia has always been to look at procurement and process from our client’s side of the table and how we can establish meaningful partnerships that allow us to support their growth and return on investment. Looking to add value and constantly anticipate our customer’s needs really sets us apart. When focusing on the Charity Retail Sector, we felt that by introducing some free support would really help shops gain traction in their communities. Providing a working knowledge of Visual Merchandising could really help to transform retail spaces to encourage more footfall and purchases.

Getting it right

We are very lucky to be invited to the Hospice UK Retail Steering Group to launch the idea and gain feedback from the group to help tailor the training. It was important to us that the training was to be relevant, provide solutions – as well as being enjoyable! The idea was greeted very enthusiastically by the group and we were delighted to be able to provide a much needed service and collaborative support.

The training was held at our Head Office in sunny Bognor Regis! We had representatives from 8 Charities attend the training which examined the principles of Visual Merchandising such as how to create an impactful window, thinking about the customer journey around the store, positioning products for impulse purchases, space planning, colour blocking – and loads more! It was also a great networking opportunity as attendees were able to discuss and swap new ideas with fellow charities.

Our group were keen to explore how the basic principles could be applied to their own retail spaces and were able to take time with our trainer to discuss specific in-store challenges and look at planning their space better.

Learning into practice

Well dressed mannequins!

The winning table top display! Tables from our Street 76 display Range

Our Street 76 Display Ladder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The afternoon was dedicated to putting it all into practice! The group had lots fun diving into our products from our Street 76 display range and the props (all from local charities!) to create table top displays and dress mannequins. We were keen to replicate the typical products that Charities receive everyday and learn to understand how to make the most of donated product. We rounded off the day with a competition for the best dressed mannequin and display!

We had some great feedback from the day:

“Relevant content and inspirational ideas”  “Great energy from the presenter”  “I have learnt a lot and have some great ideas to take back to our stores”

If you like the sound of some learning more about Visual Merchandising and what benefits this could bring to your Charity retail estate – please just get in touch. We’d love to hear from you and help you to achieve more from your stores!

Call Jake Elkins on 0845 075 6111 for more information and details on our next FREE course.

Retail isn’t dying – it’s evolving! As consumers demand more than ever from their brands, and to be treated as an individual – retail has been playing catch up to a certain extent. The winners are those who can treat consumers like they value their time and their business, locking in loyalty. So what will be the top 3 retail trends for 2018.

Last year saw exciting growth for online retail with a growth increase of over 24% – but the great gains are to be made where retailers can create a seamless environment for both their online and offline enterprises. According to Google, 78% of all local searches on mobile result in a purchase instore within 24 hours. 10 years ago – the main challenge was to convince people to commit to purchasing online – now it’s all about how fast retailer’s can get purchases to their customers. How times have changed!

So what is going to be important for this year in retail?

Community

This will become the buzzword of 2018 and it’s about creating a strong sense of connection where common interests are shared, where advice can be sought and recommendations given. Retailers that can facilitate this environment will be able to secure impressive loyalty for the brand. Take Apple who took their outlets to the next level by creating community hubs that offer an immersive customer experience with access to developers so customers feel they are playing a role in the next generation of products. The famous Genius Bar is now the Genius Grove  – trees included! So it even looks like the local neighbourhood! Again – by providing access to leaning hubs or learning centres creates that all important  sense of belonging.

Personalisation

This was a hot trend in 2017 and the sense that a brand or retailer fully understands your pain points, tastes and needs is truly powerful. Companies like Netflix and Spotify provide personalised playlists for their customers based on previous purchases – and once the consumer is exposed to this level of ‘bespoke’ treatment, it becomes the expected norm, rather than the exception. Retailers need to get this right though!

In-Store Experience

In-Store experience

In-Store experience

Creating memorable in-store experiences is fast becoming the ultimate complement to the online platform. Retail space is no longer about a place for products, it is now all about entertainment and community. Experiential retailing is the emerging trend which demonstrates the clever combination of merchandising and hospitality/entertainment management. Providing the unexpected is key – and it needs to be fun, such as discovering a Pop Up Shop where it would be least expected much to the delight of local shoppers. Pottery Barn featured local artisans selling their products along side their own merchandise for a special event- all this keeps the consumer coming back for more in case they miss out on the next exciting in-store promotion or event.

Is it time to ring in the changes?

Enhancing your actual in-store environment, maintaining a contemporary look and remaining relevant will be key in 2018. Look at your lighting – could this work harder for you – setting the scene for a more relaxed buying environment for your retail space? Are your mannequins old fashioned? Are they putting people off coming in? Have your display stands seen better days? Are your display areas adaptable and portable allowing you to give the impression of change in-store? Have you considered your customer flow and does your store layout optimise every opportunity?

If all this sounds overwhelming, help is at hand! Acopia are experts in Space Planning, Project Management, Shop Fittings and Fit-Out. We have an incredible team who work with you every step of the way to achieve your vision. Let us help you transform your retail space and help create your very own ‘brand theatre’!

The British love affair with the high street is far from over – the relationship is just changing that’s all. Just like in all good relationships, needs and requirements change over time. In a recent survey, it was revealed that when a consumer wants to make an important purchase, two thirds would buy in-store rather than relying on buying online. So the future looks bright with over 81% of consumers stating they intended to visit the high street within the next 12 months in contrast of 60% that will do so online, providing the high street can continue to satisfy.

To keep the love affair alive, the high street needs to respond and anticipate. Remaining agile and ahead of the technology curve is one idea that could see shoppers coming back for more. 70% of shoppers want to see more in-store technology to improve the experience such as tablets, kiosks or touch screen devices. It showed that 60% of customers who used a tablet where provided went onto purchase the product they were considering – that’s a powerful conversion rate!

The survey also showed that shoppers are intolerant of queues – nothing new there – and 54% would like to see more Point Of Sale Options, especially in peak times.  The return on investment here is potentially huge with 53% of consumers stating they would pay higher prices for a better in-store experience! It’s enough to make a retail giant’s heart skip a beat!

Ian Gilmartin, Head of Retail & Wholesale at Barclays commented that “Our research reveals that the public still see the high street as an essential part of the shopping experience and as a national treasure they want to see protected”

Creating that immersive seamless experience means change. Giving shoppers an exceptional customer experience is high up on the list of wants such as more knowledgeable staff, more intuitive shop layouts and entertainment for the ‘non-shopping’ members of the family or group. It can mean taking a fresh look at the store layout, creating new spaces and using new display solutions for in-store technology hubs for example.

Acopia have been providing collaborative support for Retail for over 40 years – get in touch to find out how we can help you with new technology and innovative display solutions in-store.

 

 

 

Survey and statistics: Customer Experience Magazine – Bouncepad & Barclays

The Customer Experience is King! The in-store environment has to deliver. It’s time to rip up the rule book and start again!

With Amazon’s uncanny knack of finding and exploiting the in-store weakness and turning this into its latest killer USP that leaves emulators trailing in its wake, its latest offering must be leaving other clothes retailers stunned. Buying clothing on-line can be a tricky and expensive business. One may need to buy the same item in two different sizes to ensure a great fitting garment. The problem is the word BUY. It’s not like the fitting room in the local boutique where one can try on several garments – for free! Buying clothing on-line can see costs rack up purely to eliminate ill-fitting clothes. So what do Amazon do? They provide a service to all Prime Members where they can select a number of garments for FREE in this scenario! And there you have it – the customer pain point eradicated. The rule book re-written!

How does the high street fight back? The answer – make it personal! One such retailer has done just that. Runner Camp a sports clothing outlet has turned their retail space into an homage to fitness. It’s ALL about the in-store experience and shoppers are greeted by not only technical apparel but also a fully functioning gym! It includes a running track, interactive exercise room, showers and lockers. Consumers are encouraged to use Runner Camp from sunrise to sunset! No on-line retailer could compete with that customer experience. The bold colours and urban materials of steel and concrete are evocative of a high-end local gym. It’s perfection in both design and execution.

Retail

Retail

In one forgotten street in London – Bird Street, just off Oxford Street, a transformation has occurred! It’s the city’s first Smart Street – a shopping lane packed with environmentally friendly and cutting edge technology. It offers shoppers an immersive experience such as a pavement that generates energy as it’s walked on – this could be a snap shot of what the future of retail looks like. An area renowned for particular products, a centre of excellence and a customised experience.

Creating these highly personalised environments that fit the ambiance and products can need some work. Working with a supplier who can bring a retailer’s vision to life is key. It’s good to work with a team that can create a 3D CAD image of retail space with complementary shop fittings and furniture that can work wonders with your brand and products.

 

Acopia have over 40 years retail experience in bespoke shopfitting solutions and interior retail space design. If you want to create a personalised space for your customers – we’d love to hear from you!

 

When your retail space first opened – it was bright, fresh, shiny and welcoming. It stocked the latest must-have products, lovingly displayed and was the place to go  – people just loved to shop with you. Now all that seems to have changed  – so how can you revitalise your retail space and get your customers flooding back in? How do you know if it’s time for a makeover? Here’s our top 5 guide to knowing if it’s time to make a change!

How is the space layed out?

Optimising your space is a science – especially when it is at a premium. Thinking about customer flow through the space and how they can interact with your products is key. Assessing what will work, creating the correct ambiance for the outlet to encourage those extra sales from casual browsing all works to maximise those opportunities. Working with an expert in customer flow and product placement can really deliver an enormous return on investment.

Is your store consistent?

What does your store say to your customers? Is your signage, for example, the same throughout or are some in colour, black and white, computer generated or even handwritten? Do you have a brand theme for all your displays? Signage, display solutions and mannequins should all work together in a polished harmonious look to support your brand.

How do customers react to your products?

Are your displays crammed full of products that don’t invite customers to interact with them? Is it all shown in the same way with nothing standing out as key product promotion areas. If it overwhelms your customers, the likelihood they will leave without purchasing. Take a step back and a fresh look at your displays – what do you see?

Does Your Store Look Past It Best?

Retail thrives on bringing customers the very latest trends. It’s all about What’s New? Just as music and clothes fade in and out of fashion – store interiors have style trends too. What looked great in 2010 might be looking a bit tired today. Take an honest look – is it in need of an refresh?

Are Your Sales Suffering?

Business does not need to be dire straits to benefit from a makeover, stagnant sales are the first sign something may be wrong. Strike now whilst customers are still coming through the door.

Working with an industry expert can really help you look at your retail space objectively and work with you to achieve a great result. At Acopia, we pride ourselves in providing turn-key solutions for Fit-Out by managing the entire process as well as supplying all the display items.

 

Why not give our friendly team a call and find out what we can do for your retail space – we’d love to hear from you.

It will be our 4th time at the CRA Conference this year and we are delighted to be a part of this network dedicated to the support and growth of the charity retail sector.

As a proud member of the CRA, Acopia is thrilled to be sponsoring the Charity Retail Awards, recognising all the hard work by staff and volunteers throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.

Developments in the charity retail sector show real innovation with initiatives such as personal shopping, Style-me-in-Seconds and special events such as the recent Science and Shopping talks earlier this year, showing customers how the money raised goes directly into vital medical research. This really brings into sharp focus just how crucial the success of this sector is.

At Acopia, we understand the challenges faced from working with and supporting retail in the charity sector for over 20 years. From the supply of all retail consumables, shop fittings and providing complete turn-key solutions for Fit-Out itself, we pride ourselves on being the single source supplier of choice for all things retail. We are committed to developing strong business relationships and meaningful partnerships through our collaborative approach. Providing bespoke support is our strength, with experience to both understand and support important deliverables – we can be a key enabler for your business.

Charity Retail Awards

Charity Retail Awards

With benefits such as free warehousing and free delivery, our holistic approach – solutions-led philosophy is a winning combination with our customers. We work with some impressive names within the sector and we are delighted to be their Single Source supplier for all GNFR items, delivering time, resource and cost savings.

To find out more about we can do for your business as well as our unique ordering system – MyAcopia™ and our 3D Retail Design Experience – talk to our award winning team on Stand 2 at the Charity Retail Conference. We’d love to know more about your retail operation too so that we can understand your needs and align our service to these specifically.

 

 

Pop Up Shops are fast becoming a new addition to the high street – or any street! With innovative ‘shop’ designs and products, they have captured the market and the imagination of shoppers on street corners across the UK. From shipping containers, to shoes boxes to shelters – these show stopping showrooms are seeing their concepts embraced with over 10,500 shops in the UK in August 2015.

This new niche sector is generating growth – with £2.3 bn from July 2014 to August 2015 and pop-up retail sales increasing by 12.2% while total retail sales in comparison only saw growth of 1.1%. This new market is anything but temporary – even though the structures themselves are!

Reaching new audiences

Most retailers would agree that the Pop Up shop was once the domain of the new start-up promising unique products in a unique environment. Today however, it has been embraced by main stream retailers who want to engage a new hip audience and make people think differently about their brand. Even luxury brands are re-writing their brand positioning ‘rule books’ and are using these opportunities to reach and resonate with different audiences.

adidas pop up shop

Adidas shows incredible innovation with this show stopping Pop Up Shop

Try a new product range

Pop Up Shops are the perfect place to try out new product lines and gain valuable customer feedback in a more informal setting. Creating a buzz around a brand and a new product launch – what could be better than creating an intimate environment which provides an exclusive backdrop to proceedings! The marketing value from something like this alone is priceless.

Making the Inside as Dramatic as The Outside

Once you have settled on an innovative exterior – it’s time to think about the interior. Once inside, merchandise still needs to look at its best and reflect the vibe and the ambiance of your in store exterior. Working with a supplier that can be flexible enough to cater for unusual premises and advise on making the most of your space is a must.

Acopia have been supplying retail consumables for over 20 years and work with our clients to bring their retail vision to life, not only with expert store planning and design, but also with unique display solutions. We provided the in store fittings for client Priscilla Bacon Hospice which opened to huge interest and success in a bright pink shipping container! It’s important that the product displays are in keeping with the exterior and chosen merchandise to create a seamless effect and we provided solutions that reflected the amazing concept.

If you would like to know more about what we can do to support your next venture – get in touch with our friendly team!

We are delighted to be attending the Retail Design Expo for the first time. Despite being newcomers to the show, our heritage stretches back over 40 years – we are the industry’s best kept secret! We are launching our NEW display system at the show Street 76 – a range of display solutions with a retro look and feel.

Committed to working in collaboration with our clients we build long-term meaningful business relationships and value driven partnerships. Providing workable and scalable solutions is our strength and our clients come from all aspects of the retail sector including Fashion, Interior-Design, Electronics, Beauty & Charity Retail also covering e-commerce.

From retail packaging and consumables, to providing turn-key solutions with the supply of shop fittings and project managing the fit-out itself – we pride ourselves in being the single source solution of choice for all things retail. No one in the industry has our knowledge our experience which we love to share with our valued clients, providing truly tailored support. Our broad customer base includes famous high street brands as well as smaller niche and specialist companies. Our insight into the sector means we understand what works best for our clients, enabling them to deliver on their business goals.

Benefits Built In

Street 76

Street 76

With benefits such as free warehousing and free delivery, our holistic approach-solutions lead philosophy is a winning combination with our customers. Innovation is at the very heart of Acopia and our 3D Retail Visual Experience is very much in demand, as well as our much sought after expertise in product development.
Would you like to save 10-15% on your retail consumables? Ask us about our Single Source service and find out more about MyAcopia – our bespoke ordering and stock management portal both for single and multi-branch customers – your answer to delivering cost savings and controlling spend across your business.

If you don’t get a chance to see us at the show, find out more about what we can do for your business by talking to the award winning team at Acopia!

To keep bricks and mortar retail relevant today – it requires tenacity and ingenuity as consumers shopping habits change and evolve.

The younger generation might be seeking to spend less time shopping on the high street, choosing to spend their money on enjoying their money on life experiences, travel and easy on-line purchases – so attracting their attention is crucial when it comes to locking them into your brand.

So how to go about it?

 

1. Become an expert.
There’s nothing more powerful than someone who knows their stuff. Become the resident expert on your subject matter and customers will flock to you for advice. Make your retail environment one that showcases your superior expertise and differentiates you from your competitors. Suddenly, you become a retail destination because shoppers need you.

2. Create an in store experience
Physical retail stores can no longer exist just to display products for sale. Instead, think about the space as a showroom full of experiences that will draw customers in to get to know your brand better. Make them understand your brand better than they’d ever be able to do online.It’s not about selling products, it’s about experiencing the brand. Surround your products in an experience that they’ll remember and share. Do think about every aspect of the product presentation – it’s key in supporting your brand. How your customers engage with your products in your retail space is crucial for your brand theatre.

3. Let etail help your retail.
Gone are the days when brick-and-mortar stores can stand alone. Make sure you have an e-commerce component to your offering, and make sure it lives in harmony with your physical presence. Link the two to get your customers to redeem vouchers from the website instore, for example so each aspect mutually supports itself.

If you would like to know more about making the most of your retail space, why not get in touch with the team at Acopia for an informal chat with our Fit-Out team and find out more about our 3D Design Experience.

Thinking about transforming your retail space can be a daunting task. There is so much to consider from understanding what isn’t working now and how to work towards resolution – logistics, designers, contractors are just a few for the list.

Fears of lost revenue during the work as well as the concern of not getting exactly what you wanted can all add to the stress and may even derail your best intentions of improving your customer experience.

 

Return On Investment

How will you know if it has all been a success? To understand success is to understand your position now and your current revenues. You can expect to receive at least a 10% return on investment after your renovation.

In the new online world of shopping, where etail is finding strength over retail bricks and motar, differentiation on the high street is key. This is not just about product range – it’s a holistic approach to your space as a ‘concept’ to deliver a unique customer experience. Those retailers who choose to engage a  space designer could expect to see a return on investment of 22% – transforming the bottom line as well as the space!

Brand Theatre

Engaging the senses to create a unique customer space for your brand is essential. Rcent studies have shown that atmospherics are perhaps the most single most important environmental factor that converts into purchases.

So what works best? There is no one size fits all solution here – it depends on your target audience, but the use of colour, lighting, music and even smell can have a profound effect on customers.

Embrace new technology in-store

In a report from Merchant Warehouse, it showed that close to 70% of customers research their chosen items online before visiting the store. Google also found that 84% of smartphone shoppers use their devices to help them shop once they are in the store.

A recent introduction to the high street in the US has seen bridal boutiques using a ‘virtual’ fitting room to cut down the time and hassle of trying on endless numbers of wedding dresses to narrow down favourites. This speeds up the whole process and reduces queues as well as allowing many more ‘fittings’ a day for the store.

To get the most out of your renovation and receive the maxiumum return on investment – it pays to use professionals to turn your vision into reality. At Acopia, we offer a complete end to end solution from initial space design, complete project management, as well supply of all shop fittings and install. We know downtime is not good for business so we work hard to ensure you are up and running as quickly as posible.

Contact the team at Acopia and see what we could do for your retail space.

 

 

 

 

Do you have a clear direction and focus for 2017 on how to keep your brand relevant, keeping existing customers and winning new ones?

What’s your strategy in making your retail space more exciting, unexpected and enticing? Some retailers encourage customers into their stores by offering the opportunity for them to experience new products and a wider selection. Sainsbury’s Nine Elms store has a mini Habitat concession, Macy’s new store has revamped its cosmetics department and now provides beauty services, and Amazon may be looking to open pop-up stores in the UK as an extension to their US strategy. Return per square foot continues to be the benchmark for space productivity and a partner with a complementary product or service can also help boost this margin. Retailers will continue to experiment and learn from these advances, choose partners where appropriate in order to improve the return on their space. The name of the game this year is certainly to try new things, invest in new ventures in order to keep moving and ahead and predicting customer trends.

Innovate to Resonate

Not every retail space has the opportunity to include mini conessions, add new services or completely change product lines. One thing you can have complete control over is your ‘brand theatre’ and how you project the essence of your brand in-store.

Dramatic lighting can play a huge role in attracting and enagaging customers. The Amercian clothing fashion chain Hollister is famous for its in-store lighting as this is a natural extension of their brand. Their target audience is 14-18 year olds and the aim is to recreate a ‘club-like enviroment’. Whilst parents are bemused with the dimly lit conditions, their children are in their element!

Hollister setting the mood in-store

Ring in the Changes

Enhancing your in-store environment, maintaining a contemporary look and remaining relevant will be key in 2017. Look at your lighting – could this work harder for you – setting the scene for a more relaxed buying environment for your retail space? Are your mannequins old fashioned? Are they putting people off coming in? Have your display stands seen better days? Are your display areas adaptable and portable allowing you to give the impression of change in-store? Have you considered your customer flow and does your store layout optimise every opportunity?

If all this sounds overwhelming, help is at hand! Acopia are experts in Space Planning, Project Management, Shop Fittings and Fit-Out. We have an incredible team who work with you every step of the way to achieve your vision. Let us help you transform your retail space and help create your very own ‘brand theatre’!

Call the team on 0845 075 6111 and find out more about our services.

With over 40 years of experience in the industry, we know what it takes to get the show on the road in retail. From supplying till rolls to shopfittings, we can support all your retail needs – taking the hassle out of procurement, saving you time and money too!

Window Dressing

Getting customers into your store is key and your shop window is your chance to impress and entice! We provide lots of display stands to make your product look its very best. We have a vast range of mannequins in many different styles to give your clothing and brand a unique look. From stylish retro display tables to modern modular cube shelving in that popular industrial feel – we can give your shop window the wow factor! Plastic stepped displays, risers and pedestals all provide ‘layers’ of product display without looking cluttered. Again, we have a truly extensive range to suit your budget and product. We also provide pavement signs for additional product promotion or advertise a special in-store offer!

 

The Shop Floor

Your retail space is your chance to shine. Choose from our new Moda range in utilitarian scaffolding finish, our Goodwood range in stylish black cast iron, our InStore range of gondolas and shelving as well as trendy wire mesh fittings with accesories – all completely adjustable to suit your space and product. Choose from our range of store security tags, shopping trolleys and baskets, mirrors, multimedia displays, stylish hat stands, jewellery displays, coat hangers, clothing size markers, sale signage, clothing tags and labelling – to highlight just a small selection of what we offer.

 

 

 

Point Of Sale

After your customers have enjoyed looking round your store, it’s time for that opportunity to engage when they make that all important purchase. We have a full range of consumables to support you when you are conducting your customer transactions. Along with a beautiful range of gift bags, basic carrier bags, gift boxes, ribbons and tissue papers – we also supply everything you need to support your sales. From the sales counters themselves, we can also provide the cash registers and accesories, pricing guns, labelling, office supplies and leaflet dispensers to make your sales area attractive and efficent. We even provide queue management systems to keep your customer flow working optimally.

 

Behind The Scenes
A great store with a fabulous staff attitude is acheived by looking after your team. We supply catering supplies for your staff such as tea, coffee and sugar. We can also supply microwaves, kettles and coffee makers, toasters, cooking equipment and utensils. Keeping the store clean and tidy is easy with vacuum cleaners, steam cleaners and a full range of polishing and cleaning equipment.

On top of all this – we also offer a fit-out service so we can design and transform your retail space entirely.

All your favorite products and services – all in one place. Call the team on 0845 075 6111 and see what we can do to support your business.

You may not associate Acopia with Shop fittings and Fit Out, but this is an area we have considerable expertise. It’s wonderful to be able to support and work with our clients in these transformational projects and to see the difference it brings to the store and resulting sales.

Listening to our client is so important in understanding their vision for the shop or store – and often these will be multi-branch. We then take this vison and turn this into a 3D reality, encompassing all that the client needs as well as bringing our years of expertise on the best use of space, key feature areas and the best way to maximise sales.

The customer flow is so important and we assess what will work in the space, creating the correct ambience for the shop to encourage those extra sales from casual browsing. Our collaborative approach delivers sucess time after time.

This is what a typical 3D CAD drawing looks like.  We we completed this recently for a client of ours. This is how we approach the space, recreating the environment to best layout the store taking everything like lighting, utillities and storage into consideration.

 

 

Once the client is happy with their new store – the build then commences! We can project manage the whole process from liasing with all the utilities and staff involved with the re-fit, to supplying the actual shop fittings to installing them too.

Managing the whole process for our clients ensures we are able to co-ordinate all aspects of the shop fit and deliver the project on time. We supply all the materials and services including floors and ceilings, decorating, signage and accessories, electrical and plumbing work.

The end result and opening day is always a fantastic occasion and we always receive incredible feedback from our clients on the difference we have made to their business.

 

If you feel it’s time for a makeover – please do get in touch with the team on 0845 075 6111.

As high street retailers begin to report on their post Christmas sales, it certainly seems that the festive season bought no holiday cheer. Big brands such as Next, Primark, Debenhams and Marks & Spencer have all reported losses. Consumers decided to change their purchase habits and preferred to stay at home and shop online instead with the high street suffering its quietest December since 1998.

With the rise of Black Friday in UK culture now, this has further disrupted the traditional Christmas high street environment with savvy consumers using this opporunity to purchase at a guaranteed bargain. Online retailers with no overheads can use this time to market aggressively, further compounding the problems on the high street.

With high street retailers not being able to compete on price, the customer experience in-store has become critical. This is something online retailers can not match and creating a positive and welcoming environment is key. Customer service is an area that bricks and motar shops can really excel in. That personal touch can not be recreated online – it’s a winner and keeps customers coming back.

Making the shopping environment itself is what customers enjoy and making this as special as possible is key. The look, feel and layout plays a huge role in the decision making process as to whether to shop online or visit the high street. Making the most of products, attractive displays and efficient layouts can make all the difference.

Creating standout on the high street has never been more important. Working with and making the most of space is critical. Creating areas of product focus to highlight key stock for browsing customers is a great way to encourage unplanned purchases.

Its always a good idea to work with a company who specialise in creating bespoke shopping environments. At Acopia, we have many years of experience working with and supporting outlets on the high street. We listen to the customer needs and requirements and we then create bespoke 3D CAD drawings so the customer can see their newly designed store before the build. Our clients love this approach as it is often hard to visualise the end result. We look at the space and consider customer flow, this is so important as it influences customer behaviour and ultimately more sales. We can choose the best spots to place merchandise and work towards creating the right ambiance. We also project manage the complete transformation and co-ordinate all the utilities, as well as supplying all the shop fittings.

If you would like to know more about our shopfittings and fit-out services – call the team on 0845 075 6111 to find out how we can make more of your business.

 

Creating innovative ways to display product in-store to generate areas of interest and focus for shopping customers is a real challenge for many retail outlets. Space is often an issue so displaying product effectively to encourage and increase purchasing is an absolute requirement.

The customer experience must always be at the forefront of all decison making, creating the illusion of space where it is limited, planning the natural flow through the shop to encourage customers to explore and lighting options to enhance the environment are just some of the considerations that will produce great returns of investment. Getting these right and more will encourage a high number of repeat visitors that will become your regular shoppers as they enjoy visiting your outlet.

We have a collaborative approach and a range of display solutions that create the perfect environment to support optimal sales.

Functional, modern and flexible product display

At Acopia – we have many display solutions and the Elite range is one of our most popular. An extremely versatile option which can be used for general display, books and shoes. With reinforced shelves for heavy items and a sloping shelf to display shoes, it really is adaptable and looks great as well.

            

No screws are required to assemble this stand and the look can be completely altered to suit your requirements and environment.

3D Retail Experience

Acopia prides itself at being at the forefront when it comes to providing support, advice and materials for your shop-fit. We can project manage the whole process for you, from concept stage, to designing your store layout, supplying all the materials and project managing the actual fit-out.

We work with you right from the start to bring your ideas and plans to life. We take your vision and turn it into reality before a single pot of paint has been opened. We pride ourselves at being at the cutting edge in the industry by being able to present you with 3D drawings of your finished shop!

Talk to the team on 0845 075 6111 to find out more about our full service.

The Acopia website is now LIVE!

Following our recent re-brand, we are delighted to announce that our new website is now live. It’s your chance to discover more about Acopia and our full range of services.

You may know us already for our protective packaging or for our retail consumables – in fact we offer so much more.

There’s more in store at Acopia!

No one in the industry has our experience or knowledge gained over 40 years with working with our clients on bespoke business solutions. We operate in a diverse range of sectors, servicing industry from Aviation to Healthcare to Sports & Leisure.

Service Driven

From looking after your warehousing and storage needs, to working with you on bespoke product development – our team of experts are on hand to ensure you get the very best out of your partnership with Acopia. Our specialist sales support team are your first port of call with non-stock items and special requirements.

3D Retail – Shop Fit and Fit Out

We specialise in innovative ways to display product in-store to create areas of interest and focus for shopping customers.
We have a collaborative approach and a range of display solutions that create the perfect environment to support optimal sales.

Acopia prides itself at being at the forefront when it comes to providing support, advice and materials for your shop-fit. We can project manage the whole process for you, from concept stage, to designing your store layout, supplying all the materials and project managing the fit-out.

We work with you right from the start to bring your ideas and plans to life. We take your vision and turn it into reality before a single pot of paint has been opened. We pride ourselves at being at the cutting edge in the industry by being able to present you with 3D drawings of your finished shop!

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