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The Company Store

March 29, 2019by Payden And Company

There are hundreds of corporate web stores that fail every year because of poor planning and execution. The company store that offers your corporate branded apparel and promotional products to your employees and customers should be an integral part of your branding process. A well-planned e-commerce site will not only launch well but also produce sensational results.

Up until a few years ago, only the largest companies, with thousands of employees and customers, could afford to have their own company store. Initially, these were all operated from printed color catalogs that were very costly to produce and distribute. Today, with the introduction of the web based company store, almost every company can afford a company store. Startup costs range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand, dependent upon the design costs of the web site and a minimal monthly web-hosting fee. Plan on spending an additional 15% to 20% for your corporate branded products to cover fulfillment costs if you contract with an outside source instead of warehousing and fulfilling internally.

The low cost of entry into the web marketplace has produced more company store failures than ever before. This is often due to poor planning. In order to be successful, you must have programs in place that will drive your employees and customers to your web store and in turn build brand equity through the purchase of your branded merchandise.

There are several marketing programs that will make your company store successful. That a look at all of the departments in your operation and like their operations directly to your company store. Here are some suggestions, by department, on programs that will drive your company’s store sales, profits, and brand equity. Budgets for making company store purchases of branded merchandise could be established for any department within a company

Your Executive Offices Department

  • Outstanding Leadership Award merchandise

  • Company Anniversary Gifts

  • Significant Corporate Milestone awards

  • Executive Gifts

Your Human Resources Department

  • Valued Employee Rewards

  • Length of Service/Retirement Gifts

  • Company Visitor Mementos

  • Best Practices Awards

  • Attendance Pins

Manufacturing Department

  • Safety Program Badges

  • Quality Improvement Certifications

  • Total Quality Management Items

  • Process Improvement or Re-engineering Achievement Buttons

  • Inventory Management Merchandise

Sales Department

  • Sales Performance Incentives

  • Customer Relationship Management

Marketing Department

  • Loyal Customer Thank You Items

  • Product Innovation Awards

Special Occasion Gifts

  • Birthdays/Anniversaries

  • Appreciation Certificates

  • Company Party Souveniers

These are only a few areas and programs that will make your company store successful while increasing employee morale, sales and profits. A company store, without a well-thought out plan for linking the store to your company staff and customers, is destined to fail.

For those of you who may feel that business is great, that employees are paid well and that you need to spend another dollar on fringe items – think again! To increase your client satisfaction with your company, you might want to focus your efforts closer to home.

A recent Maritz poll found that customers prefer working with happy employees. However, only 25% of employees said they were happy with their job. A study by the Incentive Federation reveals that when it comes to motivating employees, improving performance, boosting morale and hitting business goals, non-cash rewards are more effective than plain old bonuses. Why? Thre out of five employees surveyed feel that a cash bonus and pay is something already owed to them for their normal hard work over the year. A program that awards employees points for use at the company store is a true reward. Keep that in mind before opening your company store.

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