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Latest store design & visual merchandising news

Specsavers has introduced tablets into stores

Video: Specsavers creates in-store spectacle with innovative format Video

Specsavers hopes to “tip the old optician concept on its head” with the introduction of tablets that aim to revolutionise the customer experience.

Store design & visual merchandising galleries

Wickes stocks own-label paint and Dulux in this store. The brand has provided a ‘Mixlab’ where bespoke colours can be made, and it takes centre-stage in this part of the shop.

Store gallery: Wickes reveals its softer side with new store design

Wickes is testing softening its DIY offer – we look at its Kent store to see if the move could reposition the retailer’s place in the market.

Located underneath a railway arch, Article ticks all of the modish boxes with white neon tubes arranged in a pattern overhead.

Store gallery: Article’s distinctive store design finds a home in Brixton

Shoe retailer Article’s Brixton outlet uses its unique location and artful store design to encourage shoppers to linger in-store.

CRU Overijse

Store gallery: Belgium's Cru supermarket takes a farmers' market approach

Overijse is a place that few outside Belgium will know. Yet if ‘fresh’ and supermarkets are of interest, it is well worth a visit.

One of John Lewis\'s more recent window displays

Store gallery: John Lewis cleans up its windows

John Lewis’s visual merchandising used to be austere and repetitive, but now that is all changing as the retailer freshens up its look.

The store’s 48,270 sq ft covers two floors and was inspired by retailers in New York and Paris.

Store gallery: Barker & Stonehouse is a Northeastern retail destination

Barker & Stonehouse’s flagship store in Teesside Retail Park uses dramatic store design to differentiate itself from its rivals.

These are brightly lit windows that look completely different from each other, yet they work as a whole.

Store gallery: Westfield and Bluewater’s shop windows get a spring clean

This season’s themes in visual merchandising are simple but effective – we visit Bluewater and Westfield London to see what’s on view.

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Zara, Oxford Street

Comment: Zara’s new factory-like flagship opens on Oxford Street

Zara opened a flagship at the eastern end of Oxford Street on Friday, which is supposed to have a more industrial/factory-like feel to it.

Retailers such as Marks & Spencer are already embracing the use of technology in-store

Comment: Rushing to have the latest in-store technology is not always wise

QR codes were once part of a store’s visual merchandising and graphics package, but often not a penny was added to the bottom line.

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