Employee Spotlight- Lloyd Weddington


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Lloyd Weddington, Machinist- Sharn Enterprises, Inc.

1. One thing people may not know about Lloyd is: He’s a musician– He plays bass, piano, horns, and more!

2. Favorite Food: Steak

3. Favorite Restaurant:  Chili’s

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4. Lloyd’s favorite material to work with is… Metal

5. Favorite Chicago Sports Team: The Chicago Bears

6. Wants to travel to: Hawaii

7. Dogs or Cats?  Dogs

8. Lloyd’s Favorite Thing to Do Outside of Sharn is…Drive his race car!

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Temporary vs. Permanent POP Displays


With so many choices in the retail merchandising world, it is no wonder retailers and product marketers are not sure where to start when it comes to making decisions about a point-of-purchase product display.  From simple branding, to color, to material types and kinds, heads start to spin and ideas seem to run wild when the possibilities are endless.  In order to better understand what type of display fits your brand and product’s needs, you may need to ask yourself some basic questions about your retail display:

Ask yourself and your team:

  1. What is the objective? Do I want to launch a new product?  Do I need to promote a trial run, an out-of-stock item, or just show off my brand’s image?
  2. How long should the program last? 4-6 weeks? 7-12 weeks? Longer?

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 A retail display must communicate vital information to the consumer, including position, value, and an overall image to encourage consumers to buy.  Customers want to touch, experience, and connect to a product; therefore a custom display is a necessity to retailers and marketers alike.  There are two types of point-of-purchase displays that a retailer can choose from.  Which type best fits your brand?

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A TEMPORARY POP DISPLAY

The first is a temporary display.  This type of display is designed for a period of 4-12 weeks and is usually constructed in corrugated (cardboard) material with a screen, flood, or litho print graphics. They are designed for one-use only, and are an effective way to communicate a low-cost brand position so they can be seen as “cheap and cheerful.”

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Pros and Cons of Temporary Displays:

Pros- Up-front costs effective for distribution and inventory gains, look and feel is usually rectangular and positions a low price point value product well, used for specific objective for a short time, can be recycled, versatile, light-weight.

Cons- Assembly required, short life cycle management, low perceived value, store staff removes from floor quickly, can take a beating from overall store floor (customers, floor cleaners, movement, etc.), high tooling price.

PERMANENT POP DISPLAY

The second type of display is permanent.  These displays are designed for a displays period of 12-52 weeks and are made with more durable materials.  This is Sharn’s specialty!    These types of displays have limitless potential in terms of design, materials and functionality.  Plastic, wood, and metal are just some of the strong materials used in the construction of these displays in order to capture the brand’s positioning and essence. Red-Camel

Pros and Cons of Permanent Displays

Pros-  Claims retail territory, cost-effective life cycle management, completely flexible and can be designed to anything you want it to be, simple implementation (shipped and ready to go),  better reflection of brand positioning, which increases market share, flexibility of use, ability to last long, unique to product, can be used for years.

Cons- Higher upfront costs, but display cost per week is lower due to longevity on floor, longer planning time for proper engineering and prototyping

In summary:

When considering your retail display strategy, there are many factors to consider when choosing the type of retail display for your products.  It’s not just a home for your product; it’s where they get sold!

You must consider your overall objective, your timeline, your needs as well as the needs of the retailer, ability to reflect brand image.

Of course, here at Sharn we are a bit biased towards permanent displays.  Since 1974, we have been designing and manufacturing custom retail fixtures out of wood, metal, and acrylic.  If your needs align with our capabilities, let us know and we will do everything in our power to make your product and display stand out among the rest.

For more information on Sharn Enterprises, Inc’s permanent displays, check out their website at http://www.sharndisplays.com.

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The Secret Behind Product Display Placement


Do you ever wonder why stores put product displays in certain places? It’s not because it just fits or because it looks good.  There are many factors into putting a display where it should be in the store.  You don’t find gum in the perfume department or vegetables in the meat department; there is a science that goes behind all product display placement.  Also, the size and shape of the display has a lot to do with how we shop as well.

There is a definite science behind placing products in retail stores, and the better a business is at doing it, the more sales and more profit they will make.  It all starts with how general the consumer thinks and acts when he or she enters a store.

In particular, where and how the product is positioned on store shelves can either drive their sales through the roof or it can never really reach its full potential.  Here at Sharn Enterprises we make custom made displays.  Custom made displays are designed to attract the consumers to purchase the product and add it to their other items on their list.

Some of the product placement techniques retail stores like to capitalize on includes:

-Block Placement: This is when like items are placed together.

-Vertical Placement: This term refers to merchandise being displayed on more than one shelf level.

-Commercial Placement: Items with a higher perceived value are given a more “desirable” shelf position, where as items that don’t add much to the bottom line are given a less desirable shelf space.

-Margin Product Placement: The more profit a single item gives the retailer the better position it will receive.

-Market Share Placement: The items that generate the highest revenue are placed where the consumer can easily find them.

All stores devise a blueprint called a planogram.  This is a tool retailers use to assist in the merchandising process.  A planogram is a drawing or a visual diagram that details where every product should be placed inside a store.

At almost every store we go to, the candy, magazine, and knick-knack shelves are in the check out line.  Sure, many of us go into store to get “just what we need,” but there are a few of us that have the sweet tooth or we have that need for “celebrity drama.”  It all looks so enticing to us that we just add it into our cart.  Small items like this are typically cheap and come in a smaller quantity, whereas in the middle or back of the store it might come in bulk.  You almost never see perfume or jewelry in this area.  By placing these items near or in the check-out line consumers are more inclined to purchase one of these “impulse” items.

Now, when you’re in the jewelry and fragrance department you never see large displays.  Jewelry such as earrings or necklaces, are always placed in smaller, more delicate looking displays that rotate and also lock.  When these displays are locked, we all know it means it’s a higher priced item.  By having this display locked we are more intrigued to want to touch it, try it on, and see how it looks.  Many times this can lead to purchasing this item that you just had to try on.

With all of this said, next time you walk into a grocery or retail store, take a look around and see where things are placed. I bet you smile a little and think to yourself “These stores are pretty clever.”

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If you are in the market for a new custom made display or need free display advice, contact one of the members on our design team here at Sharn Enterprises, Inc.!

Visit our website www.sharndisplays.com for any additional information.

Email us at info_request@sharndisplays.com!

Fixtures, Freedom, & Fireworks: Happy 4th From Sharn!


Most every American can agree that the Fourth of the July is one of the best holidays of the year.  Usually, the air is warm, the sun is out, and cool drinks are flowing. But in between barbecues and trips to the beach, the true meaning of the fourth of July sometimes gets forgotten.  We must remember what Independence Day means for us Americans.  It is a day to reflect on what it truly means to be free;  to remember those who have fallen and those who continue to fight for our freedom and one of the most important symbols of our freedom is the firework.

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When looking up at the beautiful night sky mesmerized by fireworks, many thoughts might come into your head including, “Freedom, Independence, Beauty…”

For myself, I am a little bit more scientific in thought (or as I would like to think I am)!

I want to know how this All-American symbol is constructed.  So when you either stand, sit, or lay down in the grass in awe of the beautiful night sky exploding with color, you will be able to answer this exact question… How are fireworks made?!

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To start off, experts believe that fireworks originated in China over 1,000 years ago.  Still today, China is the largest manufacturer of the brilliant invention.  There are three types of fireworks; Fire-crackers, Sparklers, and Aerial Fireworks.

Firecrackers are simple rolled up paper tubes filled with black powder and a fuse.  When you light the fuse of a firecracker, the fire burns along that fuse until it reaches the powder. BOOM. Explosion.

Pretty simple, right?

Next, sparklers are different in that they make bright, sparkly light.  They contain more substances than a short explosion or firecracker. The bright sparks consist of burning bits of dust made of metals such as aluminum, iron, steel, zinc, or magnesium.  Kids, remember, these are not edible….

Aerial fireworks, in my opinion, are the best.  Usually, these are made up of four parts inside a shell.  The container, the fuse, the powder, and the stars.  The shells are then launched into the sky from short pipes filled with a lifting charge of black powder.  The lifting then lights the shell’s fuse and when the flame hits the shell.  The explosion pushes the stars in all directions, creating the spectacular display.

The colors are produced by carefully mixing the right kinds of chemical compounds.  For example, blue is made up of copper compounds.  And that’s your science lesson for today, folks.

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Sharn Enterprises, Inc. will be closed on July 3rd in observance of Independence Day.   We look forward to observing this holiday by being with our family and friends and taking the time think about America and all of the great values it represents.

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Shopping Habits: A Millenial vs. A Baby Boomer


At Sharn Enterprises, Inc., our goal is to design and manufacture a custom POP display that fits your marketing and visual merchandising needs.  We also find it a best practice to stay current with industry and shopping trends.  How better to do so than to interview two ends of the shopping spectrum; our resident 23 year-old fashionista/Marketing Intern Chelsey Heft, and the president of Sharn Enterprises, Inc./POP expert, Roger Wandersee.  These two have many reasons to go out shopping, and some reasons intertwine and others differ.  One thing both parties have in common? Find out for yourself below:

 (#1)  How would you describe yourself as a shopper and consumer?

Female Millennial: I am the type of person who is organized, goal-oriented and also happens to shop on a regular basis.  You could say I am your typical “girly-girl” but I am very simplistic; I enjoy the simple things in life. When it comes to the color of my clothing, I usually stick with neutral colors that don’t stand out.   What I purchase also depends on where I am shopping at and how it’s presented.

Male Baby Boomer: I am an “aging male baby boomer” and since I am in business, I try my best to stay current.  I try to look as good as I can for my age, but my wife buys most of my clothes and other necessities because she has much better taste than me.

(#2) What kind of “mood” are you in when you shop for different occasions, and how does that affect your choice?

FM: There are times when I go out shopping and I don’t exactly need clothing; it’s more along the lines of household items. Whenever I am out shopping for household items, I find that if I have a budget, I always end up going a tad over.  I go for the name brands and the quality rather than what is the cheapest on the shelf.  Same goes for shoes and clothing.

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MBB: I don’t like to shop for my own clothes, because I’m not good at it.  So when I do shop for myself, I’m usually not happy about it.  Surprisingly, I like to grocery shop.  I suppose that’s because I like to eat.  I often ask my wife if she needs anything from the grocery store, so I get what’s on her list and a bunch of other stuff that I just saw and wanted.

(#3) Regarding clothing, I noticed that some stores put matching women’s outfits together, while other stores don’t.  How does that affect you while shopping?

FM: If there is an area in the store that is well put together, it is more likely that I will lean towards that brand because of how the company has put their products on display.  If I cannot find any other outfits that “speak” to me, then I am probably going to move on.

MBB: I really prefer clothing stores that put matching products together.  I’m kind of a guy who needs to see something together to “get it.” If I have to figure out a match, I usually pick out one piece, and then ask the sales person to help me match it.

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(#4) When shopping, do you find it helpful when a sales associate is there to help? Many large stores have done away with it.

FM: Most times I don’t need help finding clothing or outfits that go together.  However, when it comes to fixing up a room in my house, I definitely ask for help.  It is nice to know that associates in stores are willing and able to help. With smaller boutiques, I’ve noticed the employees are very willing to help you right when you walk in.

MBB: I resent not being helped! I don’t much care for “self-serve.” It seems like only the “high-end” or home improvement stores offer individual help anymore. If I’m not looking for help, I will shop online.

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(#5) What are your views on shopping online?

FM: I don’t like shopping online.  You never really know what you’re going to get until you’ve already received it.  However, if I do shop online for a product, I always read the reviews.  If you don’t read the reviews, you could end up with a bad product.  I find that when purchasing items via the internet, American-made items are one’s that last much longer, compared to the items that are made elsewhere.  I feel that when purchasing an American-made product, it is money well spent!

MBB: I like to shop on the internet if I’m looking for a specific product and likely won’t have questions.  Such things as a book, flowers, candy, etc. that you’re sending to someone as a gift are examples.  Most of my internet shopping is around Christmas.  If I know exactly what I want to buy, then I just go online and get it. It helps me avoid the malls.

(#6) Are you willing to pay more for convenience and the speed of the transaction?

FM: If I am in a rush and need to be in and out rather quickly, sure, I will spend a little more. On any other given day, I would have to say that I wouldn’t spend more because of the convenience.  You never want to buy something just because “you had to have it.” Always keep in mind the longevity of the product, clothing item, and/or shoes being bought.

MBB: Being a “baby boomer,” price is not important.  As you know from the news media, we “baby boomers” only care about ourselves! (Just kidding) Of course price is important, but like most other people, I will pay a little more sometimes for convenience.

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(#7) How important is the visual and what attracts you to a particular product?

FM: If there is a good display that makes the clothing look more enticing, that is what causes me to think “Wow, I want to buy that!” There is great importance to being visual. Just like with food, we eat with our eyes first.  If we see something that looks appealing, we are more likely to eat it or in this case, purchase it.

MBB: Many of us old guys lack imagination, so the visual is very important to us. We like to see how things go together, or perhaps how they work. Many displays now come with some type of video that helps demonstrate the product. A well thought-out display is also good for the merchant because it keeps the products together and utilizes valuable store space.

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(#8) When do you “roam” a store versus getting in then getting out? Why?

FM: When I know I am on a time crunch, I am in and out and get what I need.  On the flip side, when I know that I have time, I roam around and do some window shopping.  It’s always nice to be able to walk and look around.  In a sense, it’s almost relaxing.

MBB: I only roam around when I grocery shop. I’m looking for that next best thing for the grill, or the special snack I want after dinner.

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As a business, it’s important to know your customers. Who do you appeal to?

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Father’s Day 2015: 8 Gift Ideas for Dad


Back on July 10th, 1910, the governor of Washington decided to proclaim the first ever “Father’s Day.”  However, it was not until Mother’s Day became a nationally recognized holiday that Father’s Day became official 58 years later.  Every third Sunday in June, families celebrate that special guy in their life and show their appreciation through actions as well as gifts.  Most fathers claim that they are easy to please, but on the inside, they would love a thoughtful present.  That’s why we here at Sharn Enterprises have come up with a list of possible gift ideas for dad that will make his day special, while showing you some of our exceptional POP custom displays.

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1. Golf Gear

Do you have a dad that loves to relax on the weekends by heading to the green?  Any dad who loves golf would appreciate a specialty club, some new golf balls, gloves, golf shirt, or even a golf towel.  These gifts would be a great idea for any dad who is active and has been itching to take a weekend getaway to the nearest golf course.

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2. Leather Goods

Do you have a dad that double as a businessman?  Does he like the finer things in life?  Then maybe your pops will like a new leather wallet or belt.  More practical than flashy, a fresh, new accessory will allow your dad to practice the saying, “out with the old, in with the new.”

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3. Power Tools

A good gift for the handyman in your life would be a brand new power tool or even tool chest, which would make any father feel useful as well as appreciated.  This gift will hit all the bases, but just make sure your dad knows how to use them safely!

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4. Watches

Does your dad have trouble remembering schedules and being on time?  A new watch might be a good idea for a dad like likes to be on trend, but also might need extra help in the time department (Mom will thank you for this one!)

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5. Fishing Gear 

Does your dad love the outdoors?  Then a simple, go-to gift maybe some fishing and hunting gear.  Head to the nearest Bass Pro Shops (or another outdoorsy store like Cabela’s) and incorporate your dad’s personal style into your picks.  He will appreciate the thought as well as rock the coolest fishing pole of the bunch on his next big trip.

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6. Music Gear

Does your dad like to sing or have jam sessions?  A dad with an ear for music might enjoy a new guitar, picks for his current guitar, speakers, or new headphones.  Not only will you bring out his creative side, you can enjoy the tunes together!

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7. Electronics

Is your dad always on top of the electronics game?  Splurge on a HD big screen for his man cave, a new remote control, or even a speaker system.  Any of these options will definitely gain you the title of “favorite.”

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8.  Spirits 

Is your dad a connoisseur of fine wine and spirits?  Purchasing dad a nice bottle of his favorite alcoholic beverage might be a nice idea for the father who likes to take a load off and enjoy a drink on a night off.

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No matter what category your dad fits into, (sporty, classic, rugged, professional or musical) there is always a perfect gift out there for your father or grandfather.  We encourage you to spend time with your family, especially your dad.  The jack-of-all-trades in your life deserves something that will make him smile and feel appreciated on that third Sunday in June.  Father’s Day 2015 is officially June 21st, so start planning!

We hope you enjoyed seeing a few samples of our custom displays and hope we can serve you in the future.

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From Beginning to End: How We Create Your Custom Display


Creating a custom display from start to finish is an exciting, yet difficult task for a designer and a manufacturer.  Unlike a stock display store, Sharn Enterprises, Inc. builds custom displays out of various American materials and is a one-stop shop, with everything made in-house and on-site.

That is where our American made promise comes in.  Everything manufactured in our plant is Made-in-America, which helps support the local economy and provide jobs here on U.S. soil rather than overseas.  Many people also feel that American made products are of the highest quality.

That’s why we here at Sharn wanted to give you a little bit more insight on how we handle a custom display project.

Although every experience with a new or current client is different, these are the usual steps taken in order to complete a custom point-of-purchase display made just for you and your products.

Consult

A customer might have a design in mind for their custom display, or have no idea at all!  And that’s quite alright, because our designers have the experience to come up with a design idea that reflects your brand. After an initial call, we usually schedule a meeting with you to get a better idea about what you are looking for.

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Conceptualize

After a meeting (either in person, Skype, or on the phone), a designer will come up with a few different display concepts according to the client’s specifications. We know you have a budget, and the designer will keep that in mind when choosing types of material and the kinds of customization required.  We use the latest AutoCAD software to create your display and render it out to make it look like it will in-store.

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Estimate

After a client decides which custom display they like for their brand, we will estimate the cost of the display based on the quantities he/she may be looking to order. More often than not, the more displays ordered, the more the price per display will go down.  Below is an example of a quote we will send for your approval.

 

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Prototype

Now this is the fun part.  You actually get to see your display come to life!  We manufacture your prototype in-house and then ship it to you so you can see it in person.  Does it reflect your brand?  Does it catch your eye?  Is it everything you hoped for and dreamed of? If we don’t get it right the first time, we will revise.

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Re-Engineer & Build

Sometimes your prototype is exactly what you are looking for. Other times, it needs a few revisions.  And that’s okay.  We want your display to be perfect!   If you are looking for a nip there and a tuck there, we will redesign and re-prototype until both parties reach a mutual agreement.

As you can see here, three different designs were prototyped until an agreement was met.

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Make Decisions

You decide on the display concept and prototype and place your order with us.  You choose what quantity are you looking for and when the you need the project needs to be completed by.  Our manufacturing plant starts producing your parts and puzzle is almost finished.

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Ship

When we say we are a one-stop shop, we mean it!   We fabricate a custom box for your display along with an instruction sheet for whoever is putting together the display in-store.  Once you let us know your date, the display will be ready to be filled with your product.

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So what’s stopping you from your own custom display?  Contact Sharn today to get started.  We can’t wait to work with you!

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