Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Truth About FREE Shipping

In our modern retail world, online shopping has become more competitive, and companies are having to up their game and provide better services at lower prices.

Many online stores have started sneaking added costs into the shipping price to look price competitive, while still making a large profit. Free shipping doesn’t mean free shipping anymore. Free shipping is seeing a $0 next to shipping on your invoice, but seeing an extra $10, give or take, on the price of the product you are purchasing. 
So why am I telling you all this? Because at Slimline Warehouse, we have your best interests at heart, and believe that our consumers should be aware of when they might be getting ripped off, and where they can save money when purchasing online.
Slimline Warehouse provides competitive shipping costs, and we continue to reduce our costs wherever we can. We use a variety of shipping companies depending on your order. All our delivery affiliates offer fast, reliable and cost-friendly freight services. For smaller orders, we use Australia Post which helps to reduce our shipping prices even further.
We keep our shipping costs transparent, which is why are have a ‘calculate shipping costs’ button on each product page so you can see the exact cost before checking out for your location. We don’t like discovering ‘extra shipping costs’ half way through the payment process, and neither do you.
Here are some ways that we know will help you get the best shipping deals at Slimline Warehouse:
  • Buy in bulk. Our shipping calculator is based on the item's weight, dimensions, and shipping destination. The more you add to your package, the cheaper delivery becomes for each item.
  • Set the delivery to a city address where possible. Due to our shipping companies pricing plans, rural addresses incur higher delivery fees.
  • If you live in Victoria, you can pick up your order directly from our warehouse to avoid all shipping costs! Our pick-up address is 25 Sages Rd, Glenroy, Melbourne.
  • Sign up to receive our email Free Giveaway Promotions. We send out monthly emails packed with awesome promotions including our FREE FREIGHT DAYs. If you’re not already sign up, here’s the link to sign up.
When it comes to online shopping, ‘free shipping’ or ‘free delivery’ usually means that there is a catch.  In most cases, you're paying an inflated price for the item to make up for this "free shipping". Or, you sacrifice fast shipping and reliable handling, for delivery delays and/or damaged goods on arrival.
At Slimline Warehouse, when we say free shipping, there is no catch. Our Free Freight days mean genuine free shipping to anywhere in Australia, without any additional hidden costs. We don’t skimp on product safety and packaging, nor will your delivery take an extra 2 weeks to arrive. We are straight up, free freight, no extra costs, and same quality delivery service.
Our Free Freight offer means that you can purchase anything that day, and it will be delivered to your door without any added costs incurred. Plus, depending on your order, if you order before 2pm that day, we provide same day despatch!

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Monday, October 16, 2017

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning – Starting With Your Office

When spring arrives we all think of spring-cleaning, a good time to get rid of all the clutter that’s been gathering dust for the past year. Why not start with your office? With that in mind, here are some tips for getting the job done right:

Your Business Space

Cleaning up and organising your office and/or place of business can seem daunting if you haven’t done this in a while. The most efficient way to accomplish this is to tackle one area at a time:

Get rid of clutter: When you look around you will see boxes of stuff, magazines, mail, miscellaneous papers and even old food cluttering up your office. You need to be really aggressive in clearing it all out. Instead of Post-it Notes and scraps of paper lying all over your office, you can organise them on a Corkboard or make lists on a Whiteboard, which gives you more working space.

Clean up your desk/countertop and drawers: Start by placing everything into 3 separate boxes designated: Keep at Desk, Store Away and Throw Out. Once that’s done, take the items out of the Keep box and put them back where they belong on your desk/countertop or in drawers. If you’re left with a lot of papers that need to be kept on your desk or countertop, buy some business card and/or brochure holders plus some picture frames so that everything stays neat and organised.

Consider digitalising your files: You can free up quite a bit of drawer and file cabinet space by having your files digitalised and stored on your computer or tablet. We suggest you download “Scannable” on your computer or tablet, which allows your files to be more easily accessed. If you use a tablet, buy a tabletholder to make it even handier to use at your desk or countertop. (See below for a list of Tablet holders we recommend.)

Personalise your workspace: A more personalised office or work environment can help motivate you, and by personalising your counter area, customers feel more relaxed because it helps them know you and your brand better.   

Your Computer

Organise your desktop: It’s time to clean up your computer desktop, getting rid of random photos and files. For the ones you’re keeping, create folders so everything is organised.

Clear out your inbox: If you’re like most people you have hundreds or maybe thousands of emails you haven’t even opened. It makes no sense to keep them if they are more than 6 months old, so just delete those. Next, unsubscribe to useless newsletters and marketing blasts, then delete. Organise the rest by deleting, forwarding or filing them in the appropriate places.

Cancel unused services and accounts: Check your debit or credit card bill to see which services you may be paying for automatically. Cancel those you no longer need or use.

Back up the content on your computer: You need an external hard drive for this, which you can buy online and at most computer or electronics stores. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

5 Typefaces You Should Never Use on Signs

Having signs outside and inside your business is one of the best ways to grab prospective consumers' attention and increase your sales. In order to grab customers' attention, you need to employ creative, fun and eye-catching visuals that are both easy to read and deliver a message clearly and efficiently. Part of this design process is picking the right typeface. There are an unlimited number of typefaces out there; most of which are available for free. But that doesn't mean you have a free reign over which font you get to use. Each typeface has a message, an emotion, that its appearance projects. There are several typefaces that should never be used, though.

If your signs feature any of these typefaces, it's time to put them in a Calgary self storage unit, and get some new signs. Your business will thank you.

1. Papyrus
Papyrus is the typeface where the edges look a little frayed or worn, and unfortunately can be found pretty much anywhere you look. This typeface is used a lot in retail, particularly in gift shops, as well as in menus. Its overuse is reason enough to not use it.
Yet it carries another burden. Using Papyrus on print materials and signs conveys the message that, like the typeface, your products are worn and frayed around the edges. This typeface is neither fresh nor pleasing to the eye.
2. Curlz MT
Have a fun, perky business that appeals to young girls? Chances are, you might have considered using Curlz MT as a typeface option, but stay away. While all the little swirls and extra tails on the letters give off that fun feeling, everybody with a similar businesses uses it as well. It may be fun and girly with a little Parisienne vibe, but it also carries that superficial lack of personality that often doesn't appeal to anybody.

3. Arial and Times New Roman
Remember all those years you spent in school, writing research paper after research paper? So do your customers. There's a high probability that, if your customers have used a computer, they are familiar with these typefaces, and are less inclined to read the signs. While these two are appropriate as accent or secondary typefaces, they should never be featured. That is, unless your business promotes a bland, run of the mill shopping experience. These two are a no-no, but there is one golden rule that you must never forget:

4. Comic Sans MS
Ask any graphic designer what typeface they despise most, and the majority of the time you'll hear them mention Comic Sans MS. Unless you're making signs for a group of kindergartners, using this typeface on any signage is nothing short of insulting to the readers. Its elementary appearance is an insult to viewers' intelligence and makes them take the sign they're reading less seriously. So be sure to remember this:

5. Bradley Hand (or any other "hand" fonts)
There's nothing wrong with wanting your sign to look a little more personalized. A handwritten sign looks more personal and intimate, and provides a little more intrinsic value for those who see it. The problem, once again, is that everybody uses it. This font has made a name for itself in the creation of invitations because it looks hand written. Honestly, you're much better off just writing the text on the sign yourself. That way it will actually be more personalized rather than just look like an attempt to be personalized.

Remember that you want your signs to stand out and say something to your consumers through its appearance and text. There are a variety of websites for you to download free fonts and sign symbols created by users for the public to use, and chances are a lot less people will be using the ones you find. Designing a sign should be a fun and creative process, but should also be performed with a goal and purpose, and there are many more typefaces that can get the job done better than the ones already on your computer.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New A-Frame Signs & Sandwich Boards Now Online

Just a quick post to alert everyone out there that at Slimline Warehouse we've added a bunch of new A-frame signs, or sandwich board signs to our display product range.

We reckon all these new pavement signs or sidewalk signs as the Yanks call them, mean that we have the most comprehensive range of A-frames in the country. We've got a wide range of wooden A-frames as well as chalk board and marker board signs that allow you to write your own promotional message. And a huge range of clip frame A-boards. So be sure to check the all out here:

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Choosing the Right Light Box for You

The name "Slimline Warehouse" originally came around due to the fact that we started out exclusively selling slimline light boxes. In fact for five years we sold nothing but light boxes and despite the fact that we now have a huge range of display products, we still have Australia's largest range of slimline light boxes.

My point is that we really know light boxes inside and out! Recently we decided to condense all our light box knowledge into a short guide to help consumers make the right decision when it comes to purchasing a light box for their businesses. So if you are about to buy a slimline lightbox, an LED light box or traditional-style light box and want to ensure that you get the best value for your money and the box that is right for you, it's a must read. Just click the button below...

Floating Bubble Signage... Seriously

I had a video of an interesting signage machine emailed to me the other day. I'm not exactly sure of the number of practical uses for it, but it's definitely one way to get some attention. Check it out:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Australia's Largest Range of Pull Up Banners

If you're looking for pull up banners, roll up banners or retractable displays, then look no further because Slimline Warehouse now stocks the largest range of banner stands in Australia!

We recently added a few new pop-up banner displays that we think complete the range. Regardless of whether you're looking for a basic budget pull up that will get the job done or a premium retractable banner stand that will set you apart from the competition, we got the display for the job.

We've got extra large pull up banners, double-sided pull up banners, outdoor banner stands & L-banner stands... and all at the most competitive price in Australia.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Point of Sale Marketing: 3 Tips to Boost Your Bottom Line

Retailers are always looking for new marketing ideas to help bring more customers through the doors, leverage their existing customer base and ring more sales through the register. This article outlines 3 proven “point of sale” marketing techniques that are used effectively by retailers all over the world to boost sales and their bottom line! So, read on…

1. Everyone Knows the Value of a Good Ad Campaign… Or Do They?

Whether you focus on printed marketing material, radio commercials or email blasts to registered customers, it’s a must to accurately track the results of all the advertising campaigns that you run.

By tracking sales back to the original marketing stream you can get a clear idea of those campaigns that are indeed bringing more customers into your store and those that aren’t. Better still, it’s even possible to calculate the exact sales return for every dollar spent on the campaign. This is the only way to accurately measure the effectiveness of one method of advertising against another and allows you to focus on those that are giving you the best return on your investment and drop those that are not performing.

A simple means to achieve this is for sales staff be trained to politely collect information from customers. It could be as simple as a pleasant greeting and an enquiry regarding where the customer heard about your store. The answers collected can then be recorded against the sale in your POS system. The more information that you are able to collect, the more useful the resulting reports will be in focusing your marketing efforts and growing your business.

A more involved, yet more precise method is to provide coupons or codes that customers can present to receive a nominal discount or special offer on products or services that you supply. Using this method you can very accurately assign total sales revenue to your various marketing channels, simply by recording the coupons that shoppers present with the sale in your POS system.

2. Are You Feeling Feisty?

A slightly more aggressive tactic, that in truth is more suited to some businesses than others, is to also collect details from non-purchasing customers.

If a consumer has shown some interest in a product, they may be comfortable in leaving their name and contact details with the promise of a follow up call regarding an upcoming promotion. This may be as simple as collecting their email address or mobile phone number so you can send them automated alerts regarding sales and specials.

Some customers will be willing to participate, while others will not, but if staff are well trained and are able to offer such services in a subtle and friendly manner, no customer need be offended or feel “pushed” into an action that might leave them with a negative brand association.

3. Accentuate the Positives!

This final point is critical. You must leverage your existing customer base. These are people who have, of their own accord, found your establishment and been so significantly impressed by the product on offer as to buy. More often than not, that indicates that they have already had a positive experience of your brand.

As in the previous point, this could come in the form of collecting mailing addresses, mobile phone numbers or emails with the promise to notify them of upcoming sales and promotions. For bigger ticket items or tailored services, personalised phone calls from a team member may be a more appropriate form of contact.

One step further to this tactic is the offering of a loyalty or membership program that entitle those who sign up to discounts not available to members of the general public. This is an offer that not only enforces brand loyalty through the perception of “exclusivity”, but is also guaranteed to increase the instance of customers willing to supply their details.

All that’s then left to do is to choose how often you leverage the collected data. You might make contact with customers in your database on a weekly, monthly or seasonal basis – It’s all dependent on the nature of your product range and your target market.

These 3 techniques are tried and trusted and suited to all manner of retail endeavours, so there’s no reason you can’t start using them to the benefit of your business - Perhaps you already are!

Do you have some suggestions for similar tactics, or some ideas that might build up those listed above?

Monday, November 15, 2010

LED Building Signs

Finally, we've had some time to install the LED Signage that we designed and manufactured for the Slimline Warehouse and CS&G buildings.

It's been one of those internal projects that's been on the go for some time, but has been put off over and over again due to client deadlines on other projects. So it's particularly satisfying to finally get it done and be able to show off the capabilities and quality of our 3D lettering and LED lettering to clients who come to visit. Please click on the images below if you'd like to see them a little larger:

If you'd like to see some more examples of the various styles of letter that we can fabricate you can follow one of the following links: LED Letter Styles or 3D Metal Letters. Maybe you'd like to take a look at a couple of the lettering jobs that we've done already. In that case try one of these links: Pylon Sign LED Lettering or Tony Bianco LED Lettering.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Retractable & Rope Barriers by Q-Line

Some time ago I mentioned here that Slimline Warehouse were soon to be releasing an exclusive range of queue barriers and rope barriers. Well, we've now got them here in our warehouse and they'll soon be up online. The brand is called Q-Line and they're a top quality crowd barrier that we will be making available online in the next week or so. And, as always, they'll be available to the public at warehouse prices.

So if it's a product that you're interested in, keep your eyehere is an overview of our full range: