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Retail Spotlight: window merchandising with a technology twist

“How much is that doggy in the window?”

An age-old adage to the somewhat lost art of window merchandising.

Retailers have come full-circle recently from the increasing pressure within the retail space, emergence of e-commerce, and mobile. What was once a staunch tradition has evolved into an engaging entry point to brick-and-mortar stores.
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Iconic UK-based clothiers Ben Sherman launched an innovative window display that allows for interaction with consumers from the outside in. A simple control button is housed in a casing just outside the window where customers can activate a pressurized system that sends clothing through a carousel and can be viewed one by one. The idea is to create the desire for customers to interact with the display due to the novelty, but actually stumble on a piece of clothing they may like and therefore enter the store.

Using a similar tactic, Starbucks launched an integrated window display that uses a touch screen to allow consumers to select a series of gold stars that then transform into information about their My Starbucks Rewards program. It was originally launched in select stores in Toronto and Vancouver to support the Tazo brand push.

The strategic use of technology, as demonstrated, can turn a once two-dimensional process into a complete immersive and interactive experience.