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Resources For A Retailers Inspiration


Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping*

In this witty, eye-opening report based on years of research in stores and shopping malls, author and research company CEO Paco Underhill and his team of sleuths track the consumers every move, to give merchandisers and marketers even more customer control and, more importantly, more sales.

1001 Ideas To Create Retail Excitement*

From window displays to in-store promotions, PR and marketing expert Edgar Falk gives small- to medium-sized retailers smart strategies to become more aggressive and effective in attracting customers, beating competitors, and building sales.

Inspired Retail Space: Attract Customers,
Build Branding, Increase Volume*

Uniform industry retailers can take inspiration from the most successfully designed stores in America Blockbuster, Eddie Bauer, Bergdorf Goodman, Prada to discover what really catches a customers attention in a store, what makes one display more inviting than another, and what type of layout engages the customer, from lingering through purchase.

Visual Merchandising No. 4*

The fourth in a series of annual editions, this photographic compendium by the editors of Visual Merchandising and Store Design Magazine collects ideas from stores around the world Milan, Tokyo, Paris, New York to demonstrate the freshest trends in retail store design.

Silent Selling: Best Practices and Effective Strategies in Visual Merchandising, 3rd Edition**

Just published, this new edition captures the direction the retail industry is heading. Author Judith Bell offers a Look-Compare-Innovate model for retailers to compare their store against best practices and proven, new techniques. Topics include ideas from top innovative thinkers, branded environments, color theory, emerging trends, and more. This guide promises to help even the smallest retailer develop professional-quality design and presentation.

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** Available through the National Retail Federation at

Based in Washington, D.C., the National Retail Federation is the worlds largest retail trade association, with membership that comprises all retail formats and channels of distribution. This is the ultimate source for news about the retail industry, legislation, conferences and more, and an outstanding specialty bookstore.
Calling itself the complete retail design and visual merchandising resource, this website offers store design products, merchandising resources, industry news, reports on winning retail designs in national and international competitions, a designer directory, a bookstore, and much, much more.
Chatty, hip and engaging, youll find insider knowledge and interesting articles from a variety of retail magazines here, covering retail technology, store design, visual merchandising, and more. Sample subject: Targets new Global Bazaar, a store-within-a-store niche featuring internationally inspired arts.
Even though this website leans a bit heavily toward real estate and mall property coverage, the Design and Retail links offer an excellent cache of articles relevant to the small retailer, visual merchandising, and in-store design.



The Vogue Magazine of the store design industry, this monthly magazine showcases the latest store designs and visual presentations, presents merchandising strategies and new products, and reports on industry news and events. Subscribe online at