Merchandising is any practice that aids in the sale of goods or services to consumers. With regards to retail sales, this would be the types of merchandise and the methods of displaying them that attracts the eye and encourages sales.
Visual merchandising refers to the use of sight to entice your audience. This is done by using attractive displays and arrangements, demonstrations, informative signage, and packaging. Knowing where to place items within each arrangement, proper placement within the retail environment and the overall impression of your space all contribute to visual merchandising.
Merchandise simply laid out on a table or placed on shelves does not imply any sort of worth or attract attention. It is key to have a plan for your products within your space. Effective merchandising increases sales and keeps you ahead of the competition, therefore you need to stand out in your field and work smartly to draw the attention to you and your merchandise. Decorative displays, products, arrangements and environments suggest worth, variety and individuality, and generate a desire to obtain the product or service, therefore increasing your bottom line.