Stuller’s Create Bar Makes Designing Custom Jewelry Easy

Posted Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Stuller Inc. recently announced it’s “Create Bar,” a turnkey custom design solution for independent retail jewelers. The Create Bar is an in-store interactive kiosk where the jeweler can meet with tech-savvy customers and help them create highly personalized jewelry.

Stuller Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of jewelry and jewelry-related products. The company, headquartered in LaFayette, Louisiana provides just-in-time delivery of more than 200,000 items to more than 40,000 jewelry professionals throughout the world. Stuller’s core product categories include: diamonds, gemstones, finished jewelry, mountings, findings, bridal jewelry, tools, supplies and digital solutions, including stuller.com and CounterSketch Studio.

CounterSketch Studio is a 3D rendering tool that allows jewelers to use prototypes and Stuller’s huge inventory of digital models to begin the process of creating a custom jewelry design. As customers provide feedback, the system performs

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Tags: 3D printing , interactive marketing , KDM Retail , specialty retail

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Online Retailers Are Experimenting With Pop-Up Stores

Posted Thursday, August 22, 2013

 eCommerce plays an undeniable role in retail. While it only makes up 5.5% of total retail sales, it’s growing at a 13% rate year-over-year, and, according to recent ComScore data has generated more than $50 billion for two consecutive quarters. But, as a percentage of total retail sales, the needle has been slow to move. So, what are eCommerce retailers doing to build on their sales momentum?

They’re experimenting with pop-up stores to create their own showrooms.

Pop-up stores are not a new trend. Target and eBay were early adopters of the format. At the time trendwatching.com claimed to coin the term, “pop-up retail,” and offered the following definition: retail initiatives that “have a tendency to pop up unannounced, quickly draw in the crowds, and then disappear or morph into something else, adding to retail the fresh feel, exclusivity and surprise that galleries, theatres and Cirque du Soleil-adepts have been using for years...”

Recently, Newegg

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Tags: back-to-school , electronics , KDM POP Print Solutions , KDM Retail , point-of-purchase , pop-up store

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Software Integration Offers Big Benefits For Retailers

Posted Monday, August 12, 2013

One of the most common decisions businesses have to make is when to solve problems with labor and when to solve them through improved processes and better technology. While the brute-force labor approach is sometimes more effective in the short-term, it almost always ends up costing more in the long-run. While process improvements can help, and are often the least expensive solutions to problems, in today’s world technology often offers the biggest gain.

Back in 2011, Marc Andreesen, of venture capital firm Andreesen-Horowitz, observed a trend that that he could no longer ignore, boiled it down to its simplest essence, and coined the phrase, “software eats the world.” His theory was that we were “in the middle of a dramatic and broad technological and economic shift in which software companies are poised to take over large swathes of the economy.” From entertainment to defense, he found that more businesses were being managed by software and their services were being

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Tags: big data , INTELLITRAK , KDM Technology Solutions

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How Hotels Are Leveraging Their Retail Space

Posted Friday, August 09, 2013

Hotel marketing is about more than just attempting to lure business and vacation travelers. They’re also focused on selling businesses, organizations and families on the benefits of hosting their meetings, conventions, and events at their properties. Beyond that, some hotels are even rethinking their retail and common spaces, in an effort to make the hotel more of a destination for locals, while maximizing the value of their staying guests.

Consider the renaissance of boutique hotels like 21c. The 21c Museum Hotels were designed with the idea of integrating contemporary art into everyday life, inviting visitors to experience cutting edge contemporary art, southern hospitality and culinary experiences, rich with local flavor. 21c focuses on smaller markets across Kentucky, Ohio, Arkansas, and North Carolina. While each 21c location is designed to be different, they’re all focused on appealing to out-of-town and local customers. The renowned Hard Rock Hotel is very good at leveraging

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Tags: hospitality , KDM Merchandising Solutions , KDM Retail , point-of-purchase

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Retailers Going Back-to-School

Posted Friday, August 02, 2013

Parents with students in grades K-12 will spend an average of nearly $635 per child on back-to-school needs.

The holiday season from Thanksgiving through the New Year accounts for a huge portion - nearly $580 billion - of retail sales. The Back-To-School season is easily the second biggest sales season of the retail year. The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts that total back-to-school and back-to-college spending will reach $72.5 billion this year (down considerably from the nearly $85 billion parents spent in 2012).

Like other holidays, the back-to-school season seems to begin earlier each year. In a recent AdAge article, NRF spokesperson, Kathy Grannis said, “In seven and a half years, I’ve never once seen so much emphasis put on back-to-school before July 4.” Why? According to the NRF’s most recent survey, 23.9% of families with children in grades K-12 say they will begin shopping at least two months before school, up from 22.3% last year and the highest

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Tags: back-to-school , KDM Branding Solutions , KDM POP Print Solutions , point-of-purchase

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