Electrical store design retail trends for 2019

Here are several ideas to consider when an electronic retailer wishes to reimage the store:

Media Markt store branding

The new concept Media Markt has realised in Eindhoven Netherlands and Wilrijk Belgium and presents the electronics retailer as a driving force for ideas and inspiration. Differently themed freestanding pavilions connect the products with fun and pleasure and provide real added value for customers. Customer orientation is improved and facilitated by the elaborate in-store communication and branding elements.

Media Matrkt's instore mobile pavillion

The new type of Media Markt is a playground for electronics lovers and should be able to withstand the online competition and draw in younger customers. In this digital age, physical stores need to have compelling reasons for customers to make the trip to the store.

Media Matrkt's in-store home entertainment pavillionCan such an innovative store formula be reconciled with the chain’s lowest price guarantee?  “The lowest price is no longer a differentiating factor nowadays, but it is still a prerequisite. Our software scans our competitors’ prices and we adjust ours every morning, in every store.”

Media Matrkt's in-store music pavillionCustomers can game with the newest gear, get their hear styled and taste a cappuccino, made by a real barista. A DJ will provide background music for the shopping experience and a chef will use the latest kitchen appliances, which can be instantly bought at the store, to create sensory delights.

Media Matrkt's in-store cash desk

It may come as a surprise to many to see British retailer Argos comes out on top for the online share of voice (SOV), beating US giants Amazon and Apple. This seems to point towards the idea that consumers favour retailers with strong brand values offering, superior e-commerce branding, in-store design and a vast number of electrical goods at great prices, rather than those specialising in just a few products, such as Apple and Samsung who also underpin their product offering with innovative e-commerce branding and store design.

Brand identity for Currys PCWorld Black stores

Of the top 20 sites in the electrical leaderboard, four are mobile carrier brands, two are hardware brands and one is a review site. Interestingly enough, Google itself shows up in the top 20, as it has recently started selling electricals via an e-commerce site of its own. For more than a decade, the top two performing companies, Argos and Currys PCWorld have invested in our retail design and branding services. 

Be more than a store – Retailers need to ensure that their stores remain relevant and consumers want to keep coming back to them. Retailtainment is more important than ever, and stores need to be more than just places to pay and collect.

Saturn stores for retail trends

Put digital in your brick and mortar brand environment – Retailers are realising that the biggest impact that digital can have on their business is in-store. Some of the most innovative and compelling store brands make digital a fundamental component when planning the physical experience.

Sell online instore – Online retailers are turning to stores to help them grow their businesses and help service their customers. But these are very different stores, ones that look to replicate the online experience in the offline world.

Saturn's Samsung branded department

Some retailers are making online shopping easier than ever with fast track and store pickup. Order the products you need from wherever's most convenient for you, then pick up the items at the store for free as soon as today. Shoppers save money on shipping costs and enjoy even more value with discounts on items they pick up in-store.

Transform your business - Your customers, competition and culture are always changing.

Answer the direct question – Everyone wants to be a retailer. New technologies and platforms are already enabling brands to go direct to consumers. Brands are targeting individual consumers with offers and experiences and retailers need to respond by intensifying their focus on their consumers.

Discover the value of your brand values – Brand authenticity and sustainability are becoming increasingly important in retail. Consumers want to associate themselves with brands that have a sense of purpose and represent their views, beliefs and values. 

The electrical and technology store has a great future but it will be different from the recent past.

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