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How to Create Sections for Your Supermarket: A Comprehensive Guide

How to Create Sections for Your Supermarket: A Comprehensive Guide
How to Create Sections for Your Supermarket: A Comprehensive Guide

How to Create Sections for Your Supermarket: A Comprehensive Guide


In the competitive world of supermarkets, creating well organised and strategically planned sections is crucial for attracting customers, enhancing their shopping experience, and maximising sales. Effective sectioning ensures that your store is easy to navigate, encourages customer engagement, and increases overall customer satisfaction. In this blog post, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to create sections for your supermarket that will drive sales and delight your customers.

How to Create Sections for Your Supermarket: A Comprehensive Guide


Analyse your target market


Understanding your target market is the first step in creating effective supermarket sections.

Consider the demographics, preferences, and shopping habits of your customers. Conduct market research, analyse customer data, and gather feedback to gain insights into what products and sections are most appealing to your target audience. Use your EPOS system to generate transactions reports and analyse purchase patterns.

This knowledge will help you tailor your sections to meet their specific needs and desires.

Man analysing back office data


Categorise products


Divide your supermarket into logical categories based on product types, customer preferences, and shopping patterns. Common sections include fresh produce, dairy, meat, bakery, canned goods, beverages, snacks, household items, personal care, and more.

Within each category, further subdivide products to enhance navigation and make it easier for customers to find what they’re looking for.

Food items separated by category


Plan store layout


Design an efficient store layout that enables smooth traffic flow and facilitates easy access to different sections.

Place essential and frequently purchased items towards the back of the store to encourage customers to explore other sections along the way. Create clear and wide pathways to accommodate shopping carts and promote a comfortable shopping experience.

Consider the location of checkout counters to ensure convenience for customers as they finish their shopping journey.

Woman with a trolley full of vegetables browses the wine section


Optimise shelving and display


Choose shelving options that maximise product visibility, facilitate organisation, and optimise space utilisation.

Use a combination of shelves, racks, and displays to showcase products effectively. Use clear and concise signage to label each section, making it easy for customers to identify and locate the items they need.

Eye-catching displays, attractive lighting, and appealing signage can enhance the visual appeal of your sections, encouraging customers to explore further.

An eyecatching display of colourful peppers


Consider cross-merchandising


Cross-merchandising involves placing related products from different sections in close proximity to one another. This strategy helps increase impulse purchases and encourages customers to discover complementary items. For example, you can place pasta sauces and pasta in neighbouring sections to prompt customers to purchase both items.

By strategically cross-merchandising, you can enhance customer convenience and boost sales.

Girl looks at a nearby product while selecting another


Pay Attention to Seasonal and Trending Products


Create dedicated sections for seasonal products and merchandise that align with current trends and consumer preferences. Designate areas for holiday-themed products, seasonal fruits and vegetables, or popular items associated with specific events or celebrations.

Keeping up with the latest trends ensures that your supermarket remains relevant and attracts customers seeking specific products during different times of the year.

Happy pumpkin display

Regularly Monitor and Adjust


Periodically review and analyse sales data, customer feedback, and shopping patterns to evaluate the performance of your sections. Identify areas that require improvement, such as low-performing sections, overcrowded aisles, or products in need of restocking.

Be flexible and open to adjusting your sections based on changing customer demands, market trends, and new product introductions.

Analysing a bar chart


In Conclusion


Creating well structured and thoughtfully designed sections in your supermarket is key to providing a pleasant shopping experience for your customers and maximising sales.

By understanding your target market, categorising products effectively, planning a logical store layout, optimising shelving and displays, considering cross-merchandising opportunities, highlighting seasonal and trending items, and regularly monitoring performance, you can create sections that cater to your customers’ needs and preferences while driving the success of your supermarket. Start implementing these strategies and witness the positive impact they have on your store’s profitability and customer satisfaction.



Who are we?


Retail Solutions is a market-leading EPOS provider with over 25 years of business experience. Our leading sectors are convenience storessupermarketsforecourtspharmacies, off licences, and coffee shops.

We are dedicated to providing your store with the most up to date and reliable point of sale hardware, along with software management tools to help you manage your business effectively.

Our self-checkout partners are NCR, who are global leaders in self-checkout technology.



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About the author:


Susan McGuire is originally from London, United Kingdom, and has now lived in Galway, Ireland, for 16 years. She has been with Retail Solutions for almost 8 of those, and during that time has enjoyed various roles within the areas of Maintenance, Finance, & Marketing. You can follow her on LinkedIn!

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