I am always surprised when I hear of popular department stores closing or going out of business, especially when in most if not all instances it is because they simply do not have enough of the right products on the shelves. Stores should rely more on customers than their staffed buyers to select merchandise to market…

Kiosks that would link to the websites of all or the most popular brands carried by subject stores should be placed in stores for customers to request desired products that specific stores do not carry or that are not in-store. Customers should be capable of voting or requesting placement of products that they like into the brick-and-mortar stores where they shop…

Stores could additionally utilize sizable electronic galleries to display in-store and other merchandise of brands that they carry that are not in their stores. The noted merchandise would rotate amongst all or synonymous products on the websites of brands represented at the stores and customers would be prompted to vote on products that they’d like to see on the shelves.

Customers should additionally be capable of placing orders for shoes and clothing, etc. from the store kiosks and having the merchandise either shipped to the store, where they could try it prior to finalizing a purchase, or having the items shipped to their homes and/or other designated addresses, with each store earning a commission for all products sold via their kiosks…

…Placement of kiosks in stores for the said purposes would facilitate customer acquisition of products that they really like in that it would not be necessary to drive all over town searching for and often never finding those items. It would improve sales of desirable products that might not otherwise be seen by most potential customers and improve the performance of stores marketing those items…

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