Our Expertise

  • Property Development and Procurement
  • Category Management
  • Supply Chain Operations
  • Operational excellence and business efficiency
  • E-Commerce
  • Human Resources
  • Consumer Understanding
  • Brand Building Through Communications

Property Development and Procurement

Needles in space

We like to think in 3D. The old-fashioned measure of sales per square foot limits your possibilities for increasing revenue. Shelf height, ceiling elevation, residential opportunities above your store all impact upon profitability.

In an urban area, where land costs are higher, a retailer can typically build a 1,000m2 store on an 8,000m2 plot and offer parking for 80 cars. Think of that 8,000m2 as 160,000m3 and the solution can be a 1,400m2 store on the upper floor and 120 car parking spaces beneath. The shopping experience is improved and the basket size increases.

Category Management

Needles in flowers

“Who will buy my sweet red roses?”

That’s not just a question sung in the musical Oliver Twist, that’s a question that retailers should ask themselves too.

By finessing the colour (not always red!) and variety of flowers (not always roses!) by day of week, it’s possible to increase revenue from such a seemingly insignificant category by more than 200%.

Supply Chain Operations

Needles in temperature

No-one wants to buy a brown banana or a squishy tomato.

Strategic investments in equipment and staff know-how can keep fruit and veg at the right temperature from the field to the shelf, yielding reductions in waste by more than 40%.

Supply Chain Operations

Needles in SRP

The last thing the supplier, retailer and shopper wants is a cardboard box that fails to display the product satisfactorily or, though lack of stability, allows cans, boxes or bottles to tumble off the shelf. Lost sales, wastage and disappointment will doubtless ensue.

Retailers can use their purchasing power, shopper understanding and knowledge of shelf blueprints to negotiate on behalf of suppliers, ensuring optimal carton design at minimal cost.

Operational excellence and business efficiency

Needles in lorries

Every delivery to a store costs money; not just in transport costs but in disruption to the store’s main job – selling to the customer.

By designing the warehouse such that its layout mirrors that of the store, and packing the lorries ‘Tetris-style’, you can reduce the number of deliveries from an average of 1.7 per day to 1.

Operational excellence and business efficiency

Needles at the checkout

If a shopper packs their trolley at the till it takes time and requires more space for the run-off area.

By moving the packing area beyond the till, you can process transactions in a shorter period of time, reduce your personnel costs and liberate more space in the store for the important stuff – the things you want to sell.

Operational excellence and business efficiency

Needles in the till

Research has shown that, when a little old lady (or for that matter a big young man) is searching for change in their purse, it can stall the queue at the till for as much as 3minutes.

You have a choice: risk losing frustrated shoppers, employ more staff, or neither of those…

By ensuring your tills are fully stocked with change and briefing the operators, you can encourage the little old lady (or big young man) to hand over a €20 note and speed up the transaction.

Human Resources

Needles in the gyms

(Sounds worrying, doesn’t it? But fear not, we don’t mean it that way.)

Staff retention is one of the biggest challenges in retail. Keep your staff loyal and your recruitment and training costs plummet.

Retention can be enhanced by numerous means over and above salary. Staff discount cards help but so does gym membership.

Who would have thought that making your employees sweat for longer would make them stay for longer?

Consumer Understanding

Needles in consumer data

Kantar Worldpanel data reveal that if a shopper buys fresh meat from your store, they spend 6.5 times more over the course of a year than a shopper that doesn’t. Why would that be?

Analysis of multiple consumer research sources – panel data, quantitative tracking, focus groups and ethnographics – revealed that trust in fresh meat opens the door to trust in the totality of the retailers fresh offering.

Get the shopper to trust your steak and they’ll trust your fish, fruit and flowers!

Consumer Understanding

Needles in shopping culture

Understanding the way consumers shop your stores is critical. By virtue of accompanied shopping trips, we have unearthed a multitude of local peculiarities.

In Germany shoppers expect their fresh meat to be displayed in chest fridges. They understand the benefits that accrue from lower energy costs and more stable temperatures. In the UK, decades of experience have taught the shopper to find fresh meat in upright, open fridges. By visiting stores with shoppers, we observed them walking past the chest fridges assuming they contained frozen products. Matching the fridges with the culture yielded an increase of 30% in fresh meat sales.

Brand Building Through Communications

Needles in prejudice

Every so often it helps to have people hold your brand in low regard… well it does if their perceptions can be confounded.

Marketing communications, in particular, can be used to expose and challenge the consumer’s prejudice.

By taking negative perceptions head-on and exposing them as an irrationality built upon prejudice, we saw a return on marketing expenditure of more than £5 for every £1 spent.

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