Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Mistakes Retailers Should Avoid

Impression is one of the key components of your business’ success. Since it is important to feel and look good for your clients, it is very important for owners to take note of even the simplest detail. However, as reviews and studies have concluded, most retailers start their business without knowing the basics of the industry they are to undertake. If they have indeed done their research, they have zero experience. This leads to mistakes causing many retailers to jeopardize their own business.

Information Technology also has its own retail mistakes which are oftentimes repeated despite the spontaneous change. Mobile retailing industry, for instance, has its own share of failed fortune and disappointments. It has attracted a lot of business newbies because of the rise of mobile adaptation and the increasing growth of IT. Many people thought venturing into this kind of business impulsively is easy since there is not much to lose anyway. And more often than not, they are proven wrong.

To assist you in identifying mistakes done by your predecessors, the Peterson Group, distributor of mobile phone accessories and laptop peripherals in Taiwan has listed some of the most common of these mistakes which we have also observed from some of our retail clients and includes tips on how you can best avoid them:

1.Dysfunctional Displays
In order to impress the customers, many retailers stuff more than half of their products within a few meters from the entrance. We call this the decompression zone. Maria Hernz, author of “the Psychology of Buying” has stated that “By the time the person is starting to engage with the physical environment, some of the stuff you’ve put by the door is blown past”. After touring around the busy center of Jakarta, Indonesia, she also said, “…these store owners thought they attracting people. They are only crowding the eyes”. She then suggests displaying a few items and using lighting to do the magic of contrast.

2.Overcrowded Merchandise
We are oftentimes aghast on the number of orders we get for accessories. It is quite understandable when it is for the in-demand products but for those which are not yet introduced in the market, it would seem like our customers are preparing for a long hoard or something. Resist the urge to order bulks of products and stop yourself from displaying too much merchandise in one area.

3.Unappealing Sights
Watch out for some details which your customer might find appealing such as electric warning signs on top of some open wires or open restroom doors with the toilet seat open.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Peterson Group Review: PepsiCo Mobile Phone and Accessories

Last November, 2015, it came as a great surprise to many when the great conglomerate, PepsiCo has launched their very own mobile phones. Unlike other non-telecommunications companies which first introduced their own brand of mobile phones, many people wonder why this carbonated Soft Drink Company decided on this move especially since there is no direct relation to two different industries.  This issue has been discussed after reviewing the emergence of Caterpillar and Marshall mobile phones. The former being known for its machines and construction equipment focused on creating sturdy tool for rugged use while mobile phones of the latter, a popular manufacturer of headphones and audio devices features the “loudest smartphone on Earth”. The PepsiP1 by comparison seems to be homogenous.

PepsiCo Mobile and Accessories are already well underway in China where its main manufacturer, Shenzhen Scooby Communications Equipment is based. In an email sent by the food and beverage company to the Peterson Group, distributor of mobile phones and accessories in Taiwan, they have no plans to start into mobile manufacturing and will be making this new venture an exclusive in China alone. The spokeswoman did not further elaborate their future plans.

Complaints poured against this plan as many people are expecting this new device to be available in developed and developing countries as well. Expectation arose when reports of the mobile phone’s high quality was released.

The Phone P1s (and P1) is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek (MT6592) processor with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM. It comes with 16GB inbuilt storage and supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 64GB). The phones sports 13-megapixel rear camera while there is a 5-megapixel front camera also on board. It is backed by a 3000mAh battery.

Moreover, it is 4G LTE enabled which supports Bluetooth, 3G, GPRS/EDGE, MicroUSB and GPS. The phone also features fingerprint scanner just below the primary camera. It also comes in a cheaper price compared to other brands offering the same quality.  Only $399, PepsiP1 is already gaining a lot of attention.

Despite denial of expansion to other countries, however, black markets are already offering fraud copies of this device in discreet shops in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Bangkok, Thailand only a few months after its launch.

PepsiCo is yet to respond to expansion and fraud claims and is continuously strengthening the foundation of the business.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Gradual Fame of Mobile Accessory Wearable

Jakarta, Indonesia - Mobile accessories and devices sales have skyrocketed in the last couple of years as technology has also been advancing. The increasing demand for smartphones have also driven manufacturers of mobile gadgets to increase their stocks and double their efforts to innovate depending on the needs of the consumers. But as the technology is fast changing, so are trends and preferences. With dozens of new models and units, one item can be hot in the first couple of months and be totally forgotten on the following days. It is already a cycle in the modern world and distributors have accepted the risk and challenge to deliver the products fast and be constantly updated on the latest releases. 

One sector, the wearable, is yet to have that worry since we are still presently at the time when wearable devices are slowly being appreciated. It may not have reached its own peak of success yet but soon, its popularity is set to surpass that of monopods. In their review of the total adoption of people on wearable gadgets, the Peterson Group, distributor of mobile phone accessories and laptop peripherals in Taiwan observes that “this category will have a long and profitable tail. In fact, key products released this year have given wearables a healthy bump in terms of market expansion and popularity”, says Ian Peterson, CEO.

To the average consumer, these wearable refers to the Apple Watches. While it is true that Apple has contributed to the mainstream appreciation of the device, it is not the only brand and product to drive this category into its slow but steady success. As a matter of fact, fitness bands are skyrocketing with high average selling price opportunities. Authorities even found fraud fitness bands on black markets which are being flocked by health cautious customers.

 See, as technology advances, consumers are willing to pay for more sophisticated products. If you haven’t experienced these sales in your store there’s a reason for that too: less than 5% of fitness band purchases were made at a wireless carrier store. That means there’s a tremendous opportunity to take advantage of this growing segment.

Retail stores often disregard these products and instead focus on the sales of headsets, chargers and other most in-demand devices to avoid the risk of investing. It is, however, highly advisable to include these products in your line of products albeit limit its quantity. Furthermore, it is also important to have sufficient knowledge on the background of this particular category to sell it well. 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Importance of Training in Retailing Mobile and Accessories

We are currently in an era where even three year olds know how to navigate their way through smart devices. Since it is already a part of social norms and lifestyle, mobile phones and its accessories are already considered necessities. Knowing at least the basics on both its physical features and applications is almost innate in us.

With the confidence that at least 90% of the overall population of any developing and/or developed country is knowledgeable in mobile devices, retail owners oftentimes neglect the importance of training their employees on the fundamentals of the field or at least reviewing the depth of their knowledge. True, retailing mobile devices is not rocket science but it is not a stagnant industry either. Technology, as we all know is constantly evolving and changing and with what is currently happening, the shift is spurring fast and we have to be updated on the latest to constantly be in the loop. Besides, training also enables us to understand the going in and out of the business.

No Olympic medalist can learn their sport overnight. Every athlete needs ample amount of training and practice to succeed. Just as well, in order for your business to grow, you and your employees need to establish proper training regimen.

We, at the Peterson Group, for instance, conduct annual trainings and seminars for our own employees. Since they need to understand the process and system of our company, we strive hard not to confine them on their own respective departments alone. We urge them to interact with each other’s teams that will enable them to identify the weight of each other’s responsibilities. Although retailers encompass smaller scale teams, the people within that company also need to understand their own job description. This is also to avoid illiteracy complaints and enhance skills.

Allan Winchester, director of sales at PEW Retailing in Jakarta, Indonesia states, “A skilled and trained sales consultant will maximize the consumers’ experience by understanding the client’s needs with their lifestyle by asking the right qualifying questions and positioning all products and services available for the consumer to have the full experience with their device”.

Product training also boosts the “Wow” factor each company should have when it comes to technical specifications and is essential in strengthening credibility. Which company would want to be tagged as fraud just because their staff doesn’t seem to know what they are talking about?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Mobile Phone Usage Failures in Developing Countries

The massive uptake of mobile phones has crossed gaps and formed bridges in many objectives and goals in developing countries. Aside from bridging communication barriers between nations, mobile industry has also provided people a great range of services and information, aided by the spur growth of mobile accessories that enhances phone’s features and capabilities. Mobile phones have also been a good medium in revolutionized information and recording in human disasters.

However, despite being a good tool, a lot of organizations and human rights advocates fail to realize the implications of using mobile phones to good use on development initiatives. In a review of the practice in most developing countries, most humanitarian workers either unconsciously undermine or are not fully aware of mobile phone’s capabilities. As much as the revolution of mobile phones has been able to take down communication barriers among individual trends and cultures, it has not been used much in beneficial causes. In fact, in a survey conducted by The Peterson Group, distributor of mobile phones and laptop peripherals in Taiwan, respondents were asked on the top five benefits of mobile industry. Only 2 out of a hundred random respondents thought of including its benefits during natural calamities.

When a tsunami hit Sumatra, Indonesia last 2004, help and assistance were only received after a day or two as people were too absorbed to capturing the huge waves splashing the seaside than to report to authorities. The government of Jakarta has already expressed grave disappointment on how the citizens have handled the situation in the face of great calamity. Most experts are also concerned of the worsening phenomenon as adaption to mobile technology grows deeper.

Different government entities also support the use of mobile phones on health advocacies despite its’ own warnings of the danger of overexposure in its usage. For instance, the government of Ghana has opened text line at the times when counterfeit medicines are causing high mortality rate in Africa. One free text to confirm the bar code of a particular drug can determine whether it is legit. Despite all the attention and money being poured into mobile health, it is this area in particular in which serious privacy concerns arise. In Ghana’s case, drug counterfeiting continues to increase while the government’s effort is set aside.

More critical thought about mobile phones and their rights’ implications is urgently needed; the risk that development initiatives unknowingly create legacy systems to aid impermissible surveillance or other rights-limiting regimes is significant.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Introducing Cleaning Agents for Your Gadgets

Experts say our devices are one of the leading sources of modern germs and bacteria which can affect our health. Each of our gadgets gathers dust, oil, grime and dirt. It is inevitable. Being equipped with tools to maintain the cleanliness of our modern devices and combat future germs is essential to create sanitary protection for our phones, accessories and of course, our health. The following are the list of cleaning materials fit for our mild OCD character against germs:

1. Microfiber cloth

This is usually packaged for free along with the other basic essential once you buy a brand new laptop. Microfiber cloth is one way to clean your devices of fingerprints and grimes without using water or any fluid which can cause electronic damages and dangers. It also works directly as advertised. You can just wipe it off on your device’s surface. It is also available for sale on retail stores for a cheap price although you can use a fraud version using any available cotton cloth.

2. Cleaning Fluid

If you prefer cleaning materials which ensures that your devices would look good as new, various cleaning screen fluids are available that can get the job done nicely. iKlear Apple Polish is reviewed as one of the best in the markets of Jakarta, Indonesia and Bangkok, Thailand. What makes this cleaning agent stand out is because it does not contain any ammonia or alcohol which is two of the cleaning agents known to eat away protective layers of your screens and keyboards.

3. Cleaning Compound

There are times when the dirt is too thick that neither the microfiber nor cleaning sprays can wipe it out. These profuse grimes may have been accumulated from years of under maintenance or collected in the nooks and cranny parts of your devices. Cleaning compounds are mostly used for this challenging ordeal. The compound, which resembles a gooey and slimy substance, can shape shift and sip into the hard-to-reach corners and pick up the accumulated dust or dirt. Moreover, after you are done cleaning, you can still store the excess goo for future uses.

These cleaning tools are available in many retail stores especially in mobile kiosks and stalls. For bulks and large quantity orders, you can sign up a form through the Peterson Group website for Asia-Pacific locations.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Extending Your Wholesaling Business to Retailing

Wholesale Distribution
Businesses are currently divided into two types: wholesaling, which is the distribution of large quantity of products directly from the manufacturers and retailing where the goods are being sold to the direct consumer. In each type, there are advantages: Wholesale increases the opportunity to boost sales and revenue and also to increase brand presence while retailing can help establish personal brand. Nowadays, business owners are venturing into both wholesaling and retailing to get the best of both worlds.

However, many companies who have started with one of these two would not dare risk getting into the other without considering the complexities the company may undertake.
Retail Industry

Far from what people think, channeling your business towards retailing is easier and more profitable and more importantly, makes more sense when you are planning to extend your business and brand into a higher level.

Not only does the profit double if you have both wholesale and retail, your brand can also spread to a wider audience, as stated in the review conducted by The Peterson Group, wholesaler of mobile phone accessories in Taiwan which have also invested into several retail branches in Jakarta, Indonesia.

To invest into this new venture, you have to ask yourself the following questions:

1.            How much investment are you ready to make?

How much are you willing to delve into the retail game? This will determine your level of investment. Choices range from e-commerce to pop-up stores to franchising.

Moreover, for retail businesses, you cannot just expect the consumer to barge into your physical store and buy your product. You must consider the location, staff and other overhead cost. For an online store, you have to embark to critical and aggressive marketing strategy to break through the competitive internet traffic by other retailing businesses.

2.            Will it not conflict on your stock terms and agreement?

Opening up a retail store does not mean that you will have to give up on your wholesaling business. It would only mean that your task is doubled. Moreover, some of your clients will now see you as a competition from merely being a supplier. You may face verbal complaints or even loss of some of your clients. The key lies on treating them as partners, not underselling them.

3.            How will you sell your product?

Not only should you sell your products, you also have to market it. Building a presentable visual is a big plus in your new retailing business, whether it is a website or a physical store. You have to invest in both online and physical presence.