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(MSN)   Nordstrom experiments with stores that carry no merchandise. Kmart/Sears: Trust us. It doesn't work   ( msn.com) divider line
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2017-09-12 04:23:24 PM  
Did wonders for Target in Canada too.
 
2017-09-12 04:49:19 PM  
Yeah, there is no point to going to a store with no stuff. If I want coffee there is Starbucks, and if I have to wait for clothes I can just order off the Internet to start with.
 
2017-09-12 05:17:10 PM  
Amazon supports your decision.
 
2017-09-12 05:38:34 PM  
It's an extension on the showroom effect Amazon had created. By having only the salesperson/ fashion consultant and tailoring in place, you can reduce the expensive retail space by 80% and idle inventory similar amounts.

Now to go patent an idea I haven't seen used yet.
 
2017-09-12 05:40:13 PM  
Does anyone else remember Service Merchandise? Am I old?
 
2017-09-12 05:41:21 PM  

The Bestest: Does anyone else remember Service Merchandise? Am I old?


is that anything like Consumers?
 
2017-09-12 05:44:39 PM  

ManateeGag: The Bestest: Does anyone else remember Service Merchandise? Am I old?

is that anything like Consumers?


pretty much exactly like it, but more distributed in the South
 
2017-09-12 05:48:03 PM  
Sears actually did this years ago, back when they had a huge catalog operation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sears

Sears Catalog Sales Stores were located in small towns. These stores were very small, even smaller than Sears' current Hometown Dealer stores. At catalog stores, some items could be ordered from the floor, such as appliances; other items could be ordered from catalogs at the store. These stores were often placed in rural markets which were far from full-line Sears stores, allowing for customers to purchase Sears products more easily. These stores were closed in 1993 when Sears closed its catalog business.
 
2017-09-12 05:50:57 PM  

Geotpf: Sears actually did this years ago, back when they had a huge catalog operation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sears

Sears Catalog Sales Stores were located in small towns. These stores were very small, even smaller than Sears' current Hometown Dealer stores. At catalog stores, some items could be ordered from the floor, such as appliances; other items could be ordered from catalogs at the store. These stores were often placed in rural markets which were far from full-line Sears stores, allowing for customers to purchase Sears products more easily. These stores were closed in 1993 when Sears closed its catalog business.


This model just seems destined to fail. For example, half of the wikipedia entry on Service Merchandise talks about how most of its competitors and contemporaries went under.
 
2017-09-12 06:00:22 PM  
Apple hasn't yet cornered the market on people that pay for nothing,  so a store that sells nothing?
Brilliant!
 
2017-09-12 06:03:01 PM  
Retailing can be weird. My first time in Manhattan, I remember walking down West Broadway and seeing strange shoe boutiques. The stores were devoid of almost everything except some nearly bare shelves, about four pairs of shoes displayed on the shelves, maybe a chair, and three or four very well-dressed salespeople.

Expensive city, almost no merchandise, no apparent business being transacted. It made me wonder if the stores were fronts for something else, or whether they sell a $75,000 pair of fancy shoes every three or four days.
 
2017-09-12 06:07:05 PM  
Odd.  To me Nordstrom has a loyal customer base, and will use them 1st for their purchases.  I'm one of them. They're prices are high howver, so yes, I only shop there maybe 2-3x a year.  I guess that's where the trouble comes in
 
2017-09-12 06:07:44 PM  

The Bestest: Does anyone else remember Service Merchandise? Am I old?


No, that was my third job

/shame
 
2017-09-12 06:20:15 PM  

The Bestest: Geotpf: Sears actually did this years ago, back when they had a huge catalog operation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sears

Sears Catalog Sales Stores were located in small towns. These stores were very small, even smaller than Sears' current Hometown Dealer stores. At catalog stores, some items could be ordered from the floor, such as appliances; other items could be ordered from catalogs at the store. These stores were often placed in rural markets which were far from full-line Sears stores, allowing for customers to purchase Sears products more easily. These stores were closed in 1993 when Sears closed its catalog business.

This model just seems destined to fail. For example, half of the wikipedia entry on Service Merchandise talks about how most of its competitors and contemporaries went under.


Service Merchandise was different from the Sears Catalog Stores.  At Service, you'd tell a clerk you wanted item X, and it would be placed on a conveyor belt from a warehouse on site when you wanted to purchase it.  At these Sears stores, they would have a very limited selection of stock on hand, but otherwise acted merely as a pickup and order location for catalog deliveries-literally a store with (almost) no stock.
 
2017-09-12 06:59:20 PM  
Get with it c-levels

Its NO store, MUCH merchandise
Not NO merchandise, MUCH store.

/there's a doge meme in there somewhere
 
2017-09-12 07:12:47 PM  
La Belles anyone?
 
2017-09-12 07:51:35 PM  

wildcardjack: It's an extension on the showroom effect Amazon had created. By having only the salesperson/ fashion consultant and tailoring in place, you can reduce the expensive retail space by 80% and idle inventory similar amounts.

Now to go patent an idea I haven't seen used yet.


Because anyone  is going to a showroom to buy small ticket items.

hint: lol no
 
2017-09-12 08:06:31 PM  

The Bestest: Does anyone else remember Service Merchandise? Am I old?


I remember. We're old.
 
2017-09-12 08:11:27 PM  

Merltech: Amazon supports your decision.


Amazon is experimenting as well.

Amazon Retail
 
2017-09-12 08:19:59 PM  
Bonobos already does it
 
2017-09-12 08:25:55 PM  

FishCake: Yeah, there is no point to going to a store with no stuff. If I want coffee there is Starbucks, and if I have to wait for clothes I can just order off the Internet to start with.


You're obviously not a woman with a nice figure and disposable income. In the right locations, this is going to be a big hit. Go to Nordstroms, get a manicure, have a skinny latte, try on some clothes and get fussed over, etc.
 
2017-09-12 11:19:27 PM  

Geotpf: Sears actually did this years ago, back when they had a huge catalog operation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sears

Sears Catalog Sales Stores were located in small towns. These stores were very small, even smaller than Sears' current Hometown Dealer stores. At catalog stores, some items could be ordered from the floor, such as appliances; other items could be ordered from catalogs at the store. These stores were often placed in rural markets which were far from full-line Sears stores, allowing for customers to purchase Sears products more easily. These stores were closed in 1993 when Sears closed its catalog business.


Used to have the sears catalog place up here. All they had were display appliances. It was where you went to pick up whatever you'd ordered...
 
2017-09-12 11:56:10 PM  

phaseolus: Retailing can be weird. My first time in Manhattan, I remember walking down West Broadway and seeing strange shoe boutiques. The stores were devoid of almost everything except some nearly bare shelves, about four pairs of shoes displayed on the shelves, maybe a chair, and three or four very well-dressed salespeople.

Expensive city, almost no merchandise, no apparent business being transacted. It made me wonder if the stores were fronts for something else, or whether they sell a $75,000 pair of fancy shoes every three or four days.


Are you sure they weren't cordwainers?
 
2017-09-12 11:58:54 PM  

doglover: wildcardjack: It's an extension on the showroom effect Amazon had created. By having only the salesperson/ fashion consultant and tailoring in place, you can reduce the expensive retail space by 80% and idle inventory similar amounts.

Now to go patent an idea I haven't seen used yet.

Because anyone  is going to a showroom to buy small ticket items.

hint: lol no


It's Nordstroms, you can buy a t-shirt there that costs more than your laptop. And the stylist boutique is going to primarily sell the higher end stuff, anyway. Personally, I like the idea. I've always found good stylists are great for breaking out of a style rut and trying something new, and the attendants at regular Nordstroms aren't generally terribly good.
 
2017-09-13 12:43:57 AM  

SplittingAces: The Bestest: Does anyone else remember Service Merchandise? Am I old?

I remember. We're old.


What about Gemco?

*cringes*
 
2017-09-13 12:52:26 AM  

Geotpf: Sears actually did this years ago, back when they had a huge catalog operation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sears

Sears Catalog Sales Stores were located in small towns. These stores were very small, even smaller than Sears' current Hometown Dealer stores. At catalog stores, some items could be ordered from the floor, such as appliances; other items could be ordered from catalogs at the store. These stores were often placed in rural markets which were far from full-line Sears stores, allowing for customers to purchase Sears products more easily. These stores were closed in 1993 when Sears closed its catalog business.


Boy it would have been useful about 15 years later
 
2017-09-13 04:27:17 AM  

Lusiphur: stylists


I'm sure it works in the movies. Possibly even in Hollywood.

But no, I'm not ever going to go to or be with people who go to someone called "stylist" and give them more money than a laptop to get a T-shirt.

I'm more like to spend my time with the people who make their own T-shirts on a whim because they just doodled something that would make a good silk screen.
 
2017-09-13 07:22:45 AM  
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Subby's really not kidding. I took this inside my local (quite large) Sears on Saturday while waiting three hours for them to fit a single set of tires.. I was looking for the toy department that they'd had the last time I was in there a few years back; apparently they don't have one anymore. Fully expecting it to be on the next list for the axe.
 
2017-09-13 07:30:35 AM  

The Bestest: Does anyone else remember Service Merchandise? Am I old?


El-Jay's in Meffa Square represents!
 
2017-09-13 07:35:26 AM  

The Bestest: Does anyone else remember Service Merchandise? Am I old?


I remember Service Merchandise from Wheel of Fortune, way back when the contestants spent their winnings on crappy merchandise and got the remainder on a Service Merchandise store credit.  I'll take that ceramic dalmatian for $300 and the remaining $26 on a gift card Pat.
 
2017-09-13 08:30:15 AM  

Shagbert: [img.fark.net image 425x318]Subby's really not kidding. I took this inside my local (quite large) Sears on Saturday while waiting three hours for them to fit a single set of tires.. I was looking for the toy department that they'd had the last time I was in there a few years back; apparently they don't have one anymore. Fully expecting it to be on the next list for the axe.


I have a friend who manages a tire shop if you'd like all your tires fitted, mounted, balanced, and correctly set up in under 45 minutes.

Three hours?  Seriously?  And they wonder why they're going out of business....
 
2017-09-13 09:20:39 AM  
Hah, thanks. I've never had it take over 40 either - and this was compounded by the fact that despite the fact that I had a booking, it still took them more than the first two hours to even put her up on a lift. I watched like a hawk while they actually 'worked', lol. I only used them because I had a bunch of SYWR points and got a $600+ set of tires fitted for less than $400, all in, and given how close to the brink they are I have been trying to spend the balance any way I can find!
 
2017-09-13 12:27:10 PM  

Shagbert: [img.fark.net image 425x318]Subby's really not kidding. I took this inside my local (quite large) Sears on Saturday while waiting three hours for them to fit a single set of tires.. I was looking for the toy department that they'd had the last time I was in there a few years back; apparently they don't have one anymore. Fully expecting it to be on the next list for the axe.


I don't think Sears has has a dedicated toy department in decades, although they might have brought some in at some point during Christmas.

If you want to see a joke, check out the 'Electronics' department. It seems like it was reduced to nothing but a small display of headphones and other accessories.
 
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