Icing on the Cake: “Bundle Up” for Greater Profits

TJReid2(I was inspired to do this article after visiting my daughter’s store, RUBY,  where I noticed how many little items she had tied together with ribbon as a “set.”  There were several bracelets together, panty packs of two, three or five, a package of three tees, etc.  The pricing was even numbered like $10, $20, etc. and as a shopper I could realize how quick and easy this choice could be. It seemed especially effective for the Valentine shopping season in progress.  The more I thought about it, the more I felt the need to share “bundling up” for better profits with each of you!)

All of us enjoy a sweet deal, by just like icing on the cake, it can be overdone.  Bundling is a delicate blend of ingredients that:

*Sweetens the deal for your customers
* Increases your average sale
* Boosts your employees’ productivity
*Reduces your risks

If you are considering bundling, ask yourself these questions:

1) What are some of the challenges shoppers face in buying clothing
Some folks are color blind or have no fashion sense. They are in a hurry and forget to buy the related purchases they need. They long for help in making    decisions.  A bundle is already combined and ready – no choice.

2) What can I bundle together to make life easier for my customers?
Shoes and Handbags
Assorted Accessories that mix/match
Hosiery for the outfit
Socks for the shoes
Tees with Jeans
Tops w/suits
Slippers with robes
Panties with bras
7 panties (one for each day)
Basic tees set (red, black, white)
Lip gloss and mirror
Gloves & scarf
Anything that makes sense together or fills a need!

3) What benefits would buyers gain from bundles?
Customers would save time, whether shopping for themselves or a gift, they would find things easier. A bundle usually adds more versatility and functionality to a wardrobe by mixing and matching. Shoppers usually think a bundle is a better deal and they feel good about saving.

4) What benefit would the retailer gain from this?
Total sales should increase. Multiples units would be sold. Customers would appreciate the creativity and novelty of the combination.
Employee’s productivity should go up because they will generate more sales dollars per customer.

Look around, what goes together as the perfect bundle in your store?

Learn even more and be further inspired at TJ’s seminar at the Apparel Market on Saturday, April 2 at 10 a.m. She’ll get you excited about driving traffic through promotions and contests. More information on her seminar and full lineup of events can be found here.

More on bundling can be found in “Pricing for Profit” by Dale Furtwengler, available from www.amaconbooks.org.

Atlanta Apparel Sets the Stage for 2011 Retail

Feb11_LogoWith the finishing details in place, Atlanta Apparel gears up for the New Year’s first Apparel Market, kicking off tomorrow, Feb. 3. Poised to welcome thousands of retailers, Atlanta Apparel is featuring the hottest trends of the upcoming seasons in women’s, men’s and children’s apparel with a special focus on Accessories.

As this year’s hottest category, accessories have gained the spotlight at Atlanta Apparel. These products that sell—and fast—will dominate Market. Supporting this trend is an educational seminar with forward-thinking speakers tapped to address how and when to add accessories and shoes to your business.  Accessories are crucial for a successful product mix, and this Market, Atlanta Apparel raises the stakes in variety of product offerings with hundreds of lines in jewelry, handbags, watches, belts and more–in styles fit for every buyer. IMG_9419

Plus, don’t miss the Daily Strut Fashion Shows, taking place every day at noon and 3 p.m. These mini-runway events highlight the premier trends of Market and support Friday night’s Style Runway Fashion Show, taking place at 6:30 p.m. on Floor 2.

Atlanta Apparel is your destination for trends, events, education and fun for the upcoming retail season. Prepare to be immersed in the fashion forward excitement tomorrow, Feb. 3 beginning at 11 a.m. with a Light-Up Lip Gloss Giveaway!

To read the entire Market release, click here.

Find Market details here.

Judith March Exclusive Sponsor of February Atlanta Apparel Style Runway

jm_logo_02Atlanta Apparel houses the industry’s most sought-after designs and lines, attracting retailers from around the nation. This week, at the first Atlanta Apparel Market of the year, taking place February 3-7, 2011, top manufactures and designers will debut the newest trends in accessories, shoes, women’s, men’s and children’s apparel.  To showcase the styles that will soon be seen in stores across the nation, Atlanta Apparel will feature The Style Runway fashion show, exclusively sponsored by Judith March.me_37d-10Whimsy_f

As the headlining sponsor of Style Runway, Judith March will take center stage and open the show with its new lines by designer and creator Stephanie Nichols. A returning sponsor, Judith March will debut its spring 2011 collection of breezy new pieces with unmistakable patterns and fresh styles.

It all happens on Friday starting at 6 p.m. in the atrium. Don’t miss it!

To read the entire release, click here.

For more information about the upcoming Market, click here.

Visit www.judithmarch.com for more details on this hot designer and new lines.

Strong Showing at the October Atlanta Apparel Market

IMG_9536The October Atlanta Apparel Market kicked off Thursday, Oct. 14 and continued through Monday, Oct. 18. The Market showcased spring 2011 women’s, men’s children’s, apparel and accessories and  introduced dozens of new lines in all categories.

Newly featured this Market was the exciting category for swim and resort called SPLASH. Exclusive to the October Market, the category was located on floor 3 in the Market Temporary booths.

The Daily Strut, a fashion show that took place every day during Market, showcased the latest fashions that buyers could purchase at Market.

As retailers shopped for the latest trends and styles, they looked to fashionista sales reps and designers like Alessandra Chu from Ya Los Angeles for trend advice such as, “A lot of ruffles are still in [as well as] the rompers and maxi dresses” and “spring dresses are still hot” from Judith March.

Friday night’s fashion show brought buyers from the entire Market to the floor 2 atrium for the premier event: The Style Runway Fashion Runway Show featuring Canada’s Montreal Collections. As the headlining sponsor of the show, Montreal Collections showcased 30 looks from the spring 2011 collection of renowned designer, Samuel Dong. The show also included the spring 2011 collections of 20 different Montreal ready-to-wear manufacturers and additional lines from participating AmericasMart exhibitors._MG_3135

The Market brought all the hottest spring 2011 trends together for one exciting weekend of fashion. And, it was all captured on video. Be sure to check out the highlight video, where we spotlighted the Market’s most exciting features, spoke with designers and retailers and explored our campus at its peak brimming with products and buzzing with the anticipation of the upcoming season. To view the video, click here.

Don’t miss the largest apparel market on the East Coast, the nation’s largest special occasion market and the largest resource for apparel, shoes, accessories and fine jewelry. Mark your calendars and start making plans for the next Atlanta Apparel Market, Feb. 3 – Feb. 7, 2011!

For more information, click here.

October Market Off to a Great Start

OctshowThe October Atlanta Apparel Market threw open the doors on Thursday and welcomed retailers from around the nation. This Market retailers are looking for immediate fall and the hottest trends and lines for Spring.

The energy at Market was high on day one with exciting events and the opening day of the new swim and resort category called SPLASH on floor 3.

The Daily Strut, which takes place everyday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., has highlighted the styles retailers can find right now during Market.

Plus, the Friday night hit, the Style Runway fashion show, drew crowds from every floor of the building. Everyoneoctshow gathered in the atrium on floor 2 to watch the show featuring Montreal Collections. And, Montreal Collections featured one of their hottest designers, Samuel Dong. Samuel Dong presented 30 outfits from his Spring 2011 collection, followed by other Montreal lines. For the show’s grand finale, other Atlanta Apparel exhibitors and designers showed their lines and collections after the debut of Montreal Collections.

And, there’s still more to come. It’s only day two of Market! Be sure to experience all at the last Market of the year!

Kick It at the Kick-Off Party!

loewsAmericasMart is hosting a kickin’ kick-off party tomorrow (Thursday) at one of Atlanta’s newest swanky hot spots at the Loews Hotel. Join us at Bar Eleven at the Loews Hotel for complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and specially priced cocktails, wine and beer. Just show up, show your Atlanta Apparel badge and enjoy!

The cocktails start flowing at 6:30 p.m. so be sure to hop over after your day ends at Market.

Market Kick-off Part
6:30 p.m.
Bar Eleven at the Loews Atlanta Hotel
1065 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 745-5000

Skye Showroom Celebrates Grand Opening with a Blowout Party at Market

agaveSkye showroom is opening a new showroom on floor 9—a part of the contemporary permanent showroom collection. It’s new location is 9S335.

To celebrate, the showroom is hosting a grand opening party on Friday at Market this week. The bash will feature live music form Rare Form DJs and a special Herradura Bar. Everyone is invited so be sure to stop by the party on Friday between 5-7 p.m.7diamondjeans

Skye showcases designs and contemporary men’s and women’s styles from Agave Denim and 7 Diamonds.

Stop by Skye to party and discover fabulous contemporary trends!