Merchandising is an essential component of advertising, marketing, and sale. A visual merchandiser designs, develops, and implements the visual look of a retail store and the merchandise being sold. The size of the store affects the scope of the merchandisers' responsibilities, but they usually oversee visual display, inventory management, and training employees on merchandising.
Visual merchandisers may work alone in smaller retail locations; however, in larger stores, they may be part of a visual merchandising team. Since part of their responsibilities includes creating or changing visual displays, there may be times where it is necessary to push and lift items of up to 50 pounds. The job can be considered physically demanding and may call for merchandisers to be on their feet all day.
Since this position is in a retail environment, visual merchandisers may be asked to work when there are fewer customers in the area. They may work early mornings or late nights to accommodate these requests; they also may be required to work on weekends, or put in extra hours to accommodate special projects or campaigns.
Most retailers will require their visual merchandisers to have retail experience. A degree is typically not required; however, an associate’s degree in business, advertising, marketing, or a related field is often helpful. An ability to work under pressure is important, as the merchandiser may need to carry out a significant amount of changes in a short amount of time.
Visual Merchandiser Tasks
- Arrange aisles and displays to provide easy customer access and make products easy to find.
- Manage the building and updating of in-store merchandise displays.
- Work under the direction of the visual merchandising manager to customize product displays for a retail store.
- Facilitate customer buying decisions by ensuring product information is readily accessible.