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Point of sale design for beginners

All your hard work has paid off and you’ve secured a spot on the shelves for your new product. Great point of sale design will help your wares stand out from the crowd.

Point of sale design (POS design, what is this?) covers a wide range of promotional items designed to make a product or brand stand out in store. It includes shelf edge labels, promotional stands, leaflet holders, countertop mats, stickers and ‘wobblers’. As retail space is always at a premium, it’s important to carefully consider your product and your marketplace before getting to work.

POS materials are there to grab shoppers’ attention in-store, encouraging them to buy more or take notice of specific products. The biggest consideration for a POS design, at least initially, will be the space you have available. There’s no point in designing an all-singing, all-dancing freestanding display unit (FSDU) when your promotional material occupies a small space by the till. 

The positioning of your display is also important. For example, there is no point in advertising your product at the till point, if, to purchase it, the customer would need to leave the queue and go across the shop to pick it up. Till point displays work brilliantly for low-value impulse purchases, like chocolate bars and sweets. 

Great POS design needs to reflect your brand, products and ethos. Visiting a large store can be an assault on the senses, with multiple products vying for a shopper’s attention. You need to ensure that your point of sale items attract the right people, directing them specifically to your product and inviting them to make an immediate purchase.

If you’re a new brand or product, this is even more difficult – potential customers might not be familiar with you yet, and need to be reassured of your quality and values to encourage a sale.

Marketers have been suggesting for decades that if you can get a potential customer to pick up your product, they’re more than likely to buy it – that’s the job of good POS design.

Know your shopfloor lingo

Knowing your POS from your POP is only the beginning. Merchandising is a sea of tricky acronyms and unfamiliar terms, and here is a glossary of some of the most common ones:

Point of sale

Point of purchase

On-shelf display

Electronic shelf labelling

Freestanding display unit

Gondola end
A shelving unit at the end of an aisle

Shelf wobbler
An adhesive strip that sticks to a shelf edge displaying a sign

Clip strip
A vertically hung display unit for small products on the edge of a shelf

Need help with your point of sale design?

Straightforward, right? The experienced design team at Toast are the experts in standing out from the crowd. We’ve designed everything from eye-catching pricing labels to full-scale display units to help our clients get their products on the radar. Not sure where to begin? It’s time to talk to Toast.

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