Hey y’all! During this jam-packed week, I managed to do *some* productive tasks during this HS Spirit Week, and I’ll be going in depth and reflect upon what I did for the “final product”. Of course, this store is not just going to be my Passion Project, but will also continue on throughout the year, running its course and hopefully developing into a small club that will run the store on their own. Before we get to the that though, the agenda has to be completed, and that includes systematic pricing sheet, product tracking, proper shelving, and advertisements. Let’s just jump right into the recap of the week:
First off, building off of last week, the pricing system has been run in a way where I copy-paste the information from the excel sheet onto a super-simple template for price tags. Again, like I said last week, I really do want to design more aesthetic price displays as well as design templates for product adverts.
If you look closely, the price tags are placed right above each products, indicating what the product is, who designed it, and how much it costs. It is a rudimentary design that just shows the basics, but of course, the aesthetics will only go up from here. The main idea for pricing is, some possible ideas have come up and will be implemented; however, there aren’t many changes in the store compared to before as of now. This can also be said the same for product tracking. The topic was briefly mentioned last week, where the possibility of just having the PTA volunteers refer to a pricing table with pictures in order to determine how much one of our products is worth. Once the transaction has succeeded, the money (income minus change) can be placed in a separate cashier money box that is set alongside the PTA’s cashier bank. This is all just for the temporary store, because the PTA only view the Dragon Design store to be some small, charity store. We actually are aiming to get this store to become an integrated part of the PTA store, promoting student participation by selling student-designed products.
Now, for shelving, the whole topic becomes just one hot mess. To start off, we asked the PTA store manager about possible placement for the DD shelf. After 1 week, we ultimately decided to place it in the back of the store, facing opposite of the cashier desk. From then on, the DD store is basically set up through a number of metal pegs and super strong magnets. Although this system works, it does so barely, and it makes it super difficult for students to pick out their desired product (i.e. stickers) as they have to take out the sticker from each individual stack, which could be stuck in the back of the peg. Thus, as this was happening, I talked to Ms. Lemley about designing a custom shelf which would optimize selling, display, and aestheticism of the DD store. A couple weeks passed, and we didn’t get a response. This week however, Ms. Lemley and I were notified of the situation where Facilities was unable to pull through and order a shelf with the specified diameters, which left us at square one. Thus, one of the only options left was to ask for shelf space that was directly part of the PTA. They replied with this:
So yeah, what were we supposed to do? I proposed some super basic shelving designs that we ourselves could build right at the school, given the materials. After some pondering, we switched ideas many times until Ms Lemley and I thought about just simply ordering a shelf from IKEA. The height of those shelves could be adjusted through rubber stoppers, so the assembly of our shelf is fairly simple. Here are some potential shelves:
That just about wraps up the whole shelving dilemma that the team has been experiencing this week. And finally, the advertising. I know I have been putting the whole advertising thing off, but truly, the advert should only start publishing our efforts only when our system is up and running smoothly. Right now, I think that our DD store looks pretty darn good when you consider that it was thrown together, but I doubt that it could continue another 2 months if no changes are made towards stock replenishment, advertising, and product range. Thanks for reading this week’s whopper of an update!