Overview of the Shopping Venues Sector
Shopping Venues business category covers all aspects of locations and places to purchase goods or services. Shopping, is an enjoyable pastime and whilst some just like to ‘see, buy and return home’. There are countless others who enjoy the whole experience of browsing to get ideas of what is out there and what they would like to purchase for themselves, loved ones or for their home.
For those who are on their way home, don’t enjoy browsing or are having to purchase a much-needed item outside usual shop opening hours; there is the convenience store which will be stocked with a selection of carefully-researched essential provisions and supplies such as milk, bread, butter, eggs, orange juice, as well as alcohol, cigarettes, painkillers and general household hardware and cleaning produce.
The prices are usually higher than a supermarket as their profit-margins differ due to the fact that their stock levels are lower. But on a positive note, they do offer some fantastic savings on discounted stock and they are open when most other shops have long shut. To find out where local convenience stores or suppliers, simply type in Convenience Supplies in an online business directory.
For many, the idea of a General Store is dated, but along with the ‘corner shop,’ these stores were considered the backbone of the community for many years. As well as providing essential provisions for their customers who live in the most remote and rural areas of the country; they also provide a cosy familiar hub and a meeting place for their regular customers to converse and indulge in idle gossip.
For those going on holiday and wanting to make the most of the airport duty-free shops and the savings they can reap by purchasing their favourite perfume, aftershave or a bulk supply of cigarettes. The idea of paying no tax on their purchases is a huge incentive for many as well as the pleasure of looking around luxury items and hoping to find a bargain! There are companies who specialise in selling duty and VAT free goods to offshore oil rigs, ships and vessels as well as the airport industry and these can be found under the heading Duty-Free Supplies.
Online shops and factory outlets offer huge savings when it comes to making purchases, particularly bulk purchases on Alcohol and Cigar and Cigarette Accessories. Smokers and Tobacconists alike can buy heavily discounted products and can pass the savings onto their customers by pricing their merchandise at a more competitive price.
Factory Outlets tend to be placed in out-of-town malls or shopping centres. They can stock a variety of wholesale goods but can also trade to the general public. Some outlets just deal specifically with particular products such as perfume, shoes, handbags, leather or designer clothes. They are popular shopping haunts and the huge discounts, and extended opening hours are a huge incentive for bargain hunters.
Shopping Centres and Malls are definitely the preferred trend for the majority of shoppers, both locally, nationally and on a global scale. There are those who still prefer the traditional corner shop and who prefer to shop at the butchers for their meat, the bakers for their bread and so on but in today’s world; the emphasis is on saving time and money whilst shopping. Malls and centres provide this as well as variety, choice and huge savings.
Customers love the idea of having everything they need under one roof, particularly when it’s raining! To go to a shopping venue or mall is a social event for many. They enjoy the experience of shopping, meeting friends or loved ones, sharing a coffee and a chat as well as browsing around the shops. Many malls and shopping centres incorporate this with a dining area that has a selection of restaurants, fast-food venues and eateries and some even have a cinema so that the experience of visiting the mall is a whole-day trip and has something for everyone. In 2013, figures have shown that there are approximately 200 stores within the average mall and that a shopper will only visit between 3-5 shops on each subsequent trip.
Interestingly enough, studies carried out in 2012, show that although there are a record number of shops closing on a daily basis, (around 30 retail stores per day) charity shops, cash converter shops and betting agents are growing in numbers.