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Can Experiential Retailing Help Brick-and-mortar Stores?

Can Experiential Retailing Help Brick-and-mortar Stores?

September 25, 2017 12:03 pm
Online apparel merchant Bonobos has set up "Guide Shops," where men can be guided through putting together outfits, then receive the clothes later in the mail. Nordstrom, the traditional brick-and-mortar retailer, is experimenting with a similar concept.

On-line attire service provider Bonobos has arrange “Information Outlets,” the place males might be guided via placing collectively outfits, then obtain the garments later within the mail. Nordstrom, the normal brick-and-mortar retailer, is experimenting with an analogous idea.

The idea behind experiential retailing is that individuals are tired of shopping for tangible items; what they actually crave is experiences. When consumers actually need issues, they will purchase them on-line and have them delivered. Visiting a retailer is simply too tedious.

International mall operator Westfield carried out a survey of its consumers within the U.S. and the U.Okay. in 2015 and located that folks need a multisensory expertise when going to a retailer. Shopping for a brand new gown or a brand new pair of footwear is not sufficient to fulfill them. They now require leisure as a part of the method, an idea referred to as “retailtainment.” As extra brick-and-mortar shops shut, mall operators and chain shops are getting onboard with the idea.

  • Mall house owners are retooling their properties and rethinking the idea of the anchor retailer.
  • House owners are looking for out smaller specialty shops that mix bodily items with interactive experiences and incorporating extra know-how.
  • House owners are altering the shop combine — relying extra on eating places, nail salons, magnificence salons, and health companies to lure individuals to malls. Upscale malls now embrace yoga studios, meditation facilities, and artwork galleries.
  • Shops are providing extra interactivity. Sporting items shops might supply mountaineering partitions and golf stroke simulators. Outside outfitters supply lectures and courses for first-time adventurers. Excessive-finish cookware shops supply cooking courses in addition to demonstrations. Upscale grocery shops are opening beer and wine bars subsequent to their espresso bars.

Shops with out Stock

A extra radical strategy that's gaining curiosity is to deal with the acquisition of bodily items as an afterthought. Shops with out stock have gotten widespread based mostly on the premise that holding bodily stock is just too costly.

On-line menswear service provider Bonobos, lately bought by Walmart, is a pioneer in inventoryless shops. At present Bonobos operates over forty “Information Outlets,” the place males make an appointment on-line after which go to the Information Store to attempt on clothes, obtain recommendation from “guides” who assist them put collectively outfits. In the event that they just like the outcomes, they will make a purchase order and have the outfit delivered by 2-day air.

Nordstrom is now following Bonobos’ instance. It lately introduced “Nordstrom Native,” a line of small (three,000 sq. ft) shops. The standard Nordstrom retailer has one hundred forty,000 sq. ft. The primary Nordstrom Native retailer will open in West Hollywood, Calif. in October. It should have eight dressing rooms the place buyers can attempt on garments, however all purchases shall be shipped to the client. Private stylists might be out there to pick outfits for buyers. The outlets will even have bars the place consumers can order juice or wine.

Different deliberate choices at Nordstrom Native places embrace manicures and on-website tailoring. Nordstrom’s “Purchase On-line, Decide-Up In-Retailer” service may also be out there. If clients order on-line by 2 p.m., they will decide up their gadgets on the retailer the identical day. Curbside decide-up may even be offered. Returns could be dropped off at any Nordstrom Native.

On the know-how aspect, the Nordstrom Native retailer will present a method board that lets stylists create a digital catalog with gadgets personalised for a buyer. Sooner or later, clients can buy gadgets from their fashion board and in addition talk with stylists by way of that catalog software.

Different Methods

Going towards the micro-retailer technique, clothier and way of life service provider Anthropologie is opening a number of bigger shops — between 20,000 and 30,000 sq. ft. The shops have 12 full-scale, elaborately adorned rooms and supply house styling consultations. Sensory parts embrace temper lighting, music, and artwork. The aim is to make individuals really feel as if they're in an expensive residence the place they will chill out.

Experiential retailing is just not restricted to attire and housewares. Lowe’s, the large field hardware chain, caters to do-it-your self varieties and a few of its shops have a devoted room for digital actuality do-it-your self studying. Buyers don a pair of goggles, and use a controller to finish a digital venture. The expertise provides them higher confidence to finish an actual challenge in their very own houses.

Will Experiential Retailing Succeed?

Whereas retail chains are responding to what they consider shoppers need in a buying expertise, success isn't assured. Malls might recuperate by switching to service companies however retailers that promote bodily items have to make gross sales. The danger is that clients might browse, have a glass of wine, attempt on a number of issues, and stroll out the door and by no means order something — both in-retailer or on-line.

There has already been one setback within the experiential buying realm. Premium kitchen and tub retailer Pirch introduced retailer closures in 4 cities. Pirch’s showrooms are elaborately designed and buyers may even take a bathe. Nevertheless, the showrooms have excessive fastened prices and the products goal rich clients.

Experiential retailing might develop into a brief-lived fad. It targets consumers who've the time and wish for retail leisure. This could possibly be comparatively small slice of the general public.


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