Visual merchandising is an essential part of any successful e-commerce business. The typical scope of visual merchandising is often limited to branding and conversion rate optimization. However, visual merchandising can play a crucial role in improving your overall profitability.
The main ways for a visual merchandiser to influence profitability are:
We have previously written a blog post about decreasing the risk of return by focusing on optimizing the product pages and especially their content. When it comes the other two factors, this is more of a landing page optimization game.
You don't need to complicate it more than remembering this simple rule; when possible, prioritize products with high Net Gross Margin 2, everywhere on your shop. All the time.
What do we mean with this?
Well, it is as easy as this - if you have products with higher Net Gross Margin 2, meaning higher %-point left of the initial revenue after accounting for the COGS, returns, and all the shipping and transaction costs, you want people to buy these products.
Then you execute commonly used tactics for steering the buying behaviour on your e-commerce towards these products, such as highlight them on homepage banners, category pages, search results, and have them high up on default product listings etc.
Some cases, that are pretty common, won't allow you to keep the high prio on your golden Net Gross Margin 2 hero products:
In these 3 cases, you want to invest as much of your time into anything that can improve the Net Gross Margin 2 for these products.
We discussed tactics on how to improve Net Gross Margin 2 for products on their Product Pages in this article here.
Other than optimizing product pages for decreasing the risk of returns, you as a visual merchandiser should focus all your efforts in increasing the AOV. With higher average order value and lower return rates, we get orders with higher Net Gross Profit 1, that can then carry the transaction and logistics costs, resulting in higher Net Gross Profit 2.
There are several other things you could do as a business when you are in a situation where an increase in profitability is needed. We have written several other blog posts on this topic, you might want to read some of them.