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Fri 20th Jan 2017

2017 Trends - Wooden Displays

2017 Trends - Wooden Displays

Australia Day is fast approaching and we are very proud to say that we are 100% owned and operated by a wonderful Australian family. This means, our priorities are always focused around YOU (our customer), and how we can utilise our extensive product knowledge to provide YOU with the absolute best service possible.

Did you know that studies have proven, functional and social in-store enhancements directly impact on your bottom line and that new enhancements are more likely to result in consumer loyalty. So what are you waiting for?

Wooden feature walls are this seasons' hottest trend! They are very fashionable and can add an element of sophistication, create a unique product display or just simply, freshen up your store. Compliment your feature wall with our timber hangers and custom-made wooden displays for a beautiful beach theme, guaranteed to attract more customers this Summer!

We have loads of fresh ideas and innovative solutions to optimise your retail environment, so call us today to discuss the many options we have available to quickly and easily create an effective display or special feature wall. Subscribe to our newsletter to keep up-to-date with all of the retail trends this year!


  • Custom Displays

  • Haiti uses custom wooden displays in China

  • Mono store in Hawaii

  • Wooden Feature Walls

  • Fashion store wooden display

  • Many stores are utilising wood for a sophisticated look and feel

  • Creme de la Creme - New store

  • Our custom t-shirt display for Surf, Dive n Ski Australia

  • More custom items we have created for Surf, Dive n Ski Australia




Thu 7th Jul 2016

Upcoming trends for retail in 2016

Upcoming trends for retail in 2016

Omnichannel is a multichannel approach to sales that seeks to provide the customer with a seamless shopping experience whether the customer is shopping online from a desktop or mobile device, by telephone or in a bricks and mortar store.

Vend University has recently unveiled its top 12 trends and predictions for 2016. It highlights the importance of taking an omnichannel approach to win customers and keep them coming back for more. Here’s a summary:

1. Retailers will give consumers more payment options.

The rise of mobile payments will nudge merchants to update their old payment terminals to newer models, which will not only help retailers with compliance and security, but also enable them to accept more payment options.

2. Mobile will play a bigger role in click-and-collect initiatives.

Traditional click-and-collect programs typically involve people shopping online then picking up items in-store. In 2016 though, we can expect mobile to play a bigger role in this process and expand click-and-collect options.

3. Retailers will unify their online and offline data collection.

Since today’s consumers go through multiple channels in their path to purchase, collecting and studying data in silos won’t cut it anymore. Smart retailers will need to look at online and offline data when making business decisions about what to offer their consumers and how.

4. Retailers will continue to remove friction from shopping.

In 2016, we companies will further explore ways to reduce friction in the shopping journey. Note: friction means impediments/hurdles or stages in the buying process, which may lead to customers reconsidering their purchases.

For example, there’s the Amazon Dash buttonwhich makes re-ordering possible with literally just a push of a button.

5. Merchants will adopt in-store mobile devices.

In 2016, it is anticipated that the adoption of mobile devices such as mPOS systems and in-store tablets will continue to grow.

6. Old school loyalty programs are on their way out.

Modern consumers still value rewards and promotions, but they don’t matter as much anymore. According to a study by MasterCard, only 18% of respondents considered promotions as important. The study also found that “in choosing a retailer, omnishoppers prioritize value, track record and convenience, over loyalty rewards.”

This isn’t to say that loyalty programs won’t be successful in 2016. But it’s important to note that simply implementing rewards won’t be enough to stay competitive. In the coming months and years, the retailers that will win are those that offer personalized rewards, coupled with great products and convenient buying experiences. 

7. In-store retail alone will disappear.

A study by MasterCard found that eight out of 10 consumers now use a computer, smartphone, tablet, or in-store technology while shopping. Forrester also predicts that cross-channel retail sales with reach $1.8 trillion in the US by 2017.

Omnichannel is showing no signs of slowing down, and in order to keep up, retailers – whether they’ve started in brick & mortar or ecommerce – will need to merge their physical and digital systems to serve omnishoppers. 

8. More retailers will opt for single-view and cloud-based solutions.

The days of managing online and offline systems separately will soon be gone, as more retailers switch to single-view retail management systems.

Having a single view system across multiple channels is essential to any modern retail strategy. Gaining sales, inventory, and customer visibility across different channels allows merchants to execute their omnichannel initiatives more effectively, so we can expect retailers to adopt more of these systems going forward. 

9. Retailers will invest in omnichannel fraud management.

Omnichannel retailing introduces a lot of complexities, not just in terms of operations and order fulfillment, but also when it comes to fraud prevention. In an omnichannel world, it’s no longer enough to combat fraud in silos.

Still, it is hoped these numbers will change in 2016. While omnichannel fraud management will continue to be a challenge for the retail industry, we expect more merchants to realize just how crucial it is to implement security measures across different channels. 

10. Social will grow as part of the omnichannel mix.

Social media has been playing a big role in the shopping journey for a while now, and it will continue to do so in 2016 and beyond.

11. Stocking up on more merchandise won’t cut it anymore.

An increasing number of retailers are learning that having more products won’t necessarily win over customers. Shoppers these days are already overwhelmed with too many choices, so widening your range can sometimes do more harm than good.

This could be one of the reasons why we’ve seen a rise in subscription services that curate products for customers. Such services make it easier for customers to discover and select products, thus saving them time and preventing decision fatigue. 

12. More retailers will look into the Internet of Things to enhance the shopping experience.

Mobile devices are just the beginning. In addition to using mPOS systems and in-store tablets, some retailers (particularly larger merchants) will likely look into ways they can leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) in their locations.

To Summarise, Omnichannel will be integrated into every aspect of retail.

The key focus for retailers in 2016 will be omnichannel. No matter what industry you’re in or how complicated your operations are, bringing online and offline together is important in every facet of your retail business.


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Mon 10th Aug 2015

2015 Retail Store Trends coming out of China by SI Retail

2015 Retail Store Trends coming out of China by SI Retail
Photo by Shasa store in Los Angeles designed by Dalziel and Pow

Here at SI Retail, we always keep up with current industry trends. We travel regularly with our team to attend retail tradeshow and to visit factories, stores and showrooms. Every trip shows us new, exciting, and innovative product ideas and every time we learn more about the manufacturing process so we understand capabilities and we can be proactive in finding better solutions for our customers.

It is a combined effort between our staff in China and our Australian team to assure we bring the best to our customers. To stay ahead of the market, we allow our team members an in-depth look into these factories and the processes they go through so that our team understands what is possible and our customers have access to the latest products.

In February 2014, we went to the Euro shop Tradeshow in Dusseldorf, Germany, the world’s leading retail trade fair. We identified trends in Lighting, cardboard displays, fixtures mounted from ceilings and the raw, industrial look.

Read about all the 2015 Retail Store Trends identified at the 2014 Euro Shop by SI Retail

All these trends are already available in our factory in China. We select innovative factories, which keep up with retail trends to ensure we offer state of the art fixtures and displays to our customers so your craziest ideas are possible.

At SI Retail, you can rest assured that everything you source from us, whether it be ‘off the shelf’, or ‘custom made’ is always based on the latest trends.  Our deep understanding of manufacturing processes enables our team to go beyond your specifications and beyond what the factory thinks they can do. By understanding manufacturing process, our team is able to always recommend the most efficient way to transform your vision into reality. 

If you want something specific or if you saw anything interesting in the gallery below get in contact with us at or on 1800 211 122 and visit our website


  • Custom Display Industrial look

  • Signage Lighting Retail trend 2015

  • Ceiling to floor fixtures

  • Lighting in display

  • Invisible fixtures

  • Custom Display - Industrial look

  • Custom Table

  • Shoe Display - Industrial look

  • Suspended fixtures - Raw & Industrial Look

  • Raw & Industrial Shelving

  • Custom Display - Industrial look

  • Concealed wall strip with fixtures incorporated into walls

  • Raw Industrial store display

  • Vintage look

  • Lighting in displays