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It may be hard to believe, but one of the best monologues about the art of selling that Paco Underhill has ever heard came from a very unexpected place: a pushcart vendor in Istanbul.

In a blog post for the Smithsonian Photograph Initiative, Paco Underhill says that one of the best monologues he has heard about the art of selling came from a pushcart vendor of vegetables in Istanbul. “For him, there was a logic and a set of visual strategies that determined what got placed next to what — the color contrast between eggplants and carrots, how the sun shone on his street corner, and the dramatic way he flipped open bags with a snap and a flourish to attract the next shopper.”

That vendor had discovered the keys to successful merchandising: careful product selection, display, lighting, marketing and performance all coming together to create the perfect buying moment.

Get more actionable advice from the world’s leading retail environment expert at The SMART Show. Paco Underhill’s must-see keynote session takes place on Saturday, April 18, at 8:30 a.m., and is sponsored by Synchrony Financial.

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For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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Paco’s Tips: Master the Visuals

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It may be hard to believe, but one of the best monologues about the art of selling that Paco Underhill has ever heard came from a very unexpected place: a pushcart vendor in Istanbul.

In a blog post for the Smithsonian Photograph Initiative, Paco Underhill says that one of the best monologues he has heard about the art of selling came from a pushcart vendor of vegetables in Istanbul. “For him, there was a logic and a set of visual strategies that determined what got placed next to what — the color contrast between eggplants and carrots, how the sun shone on his street corner, and the dramatic way he flipped open bags with a snap and a flourish to attract the next shopper.”

That vendor had discovered the keys to successful merchandising: careful product selection, display, lighting, marketing and performance all coming together to create the perfect buying moment.

Get more actionable advice from the world’s leading retail environment expert at The SMART Show. Paco Underhill’s must-see keynote session takes place on Saturday, April 18, at 8:30 a.m., and is sponsored by Synchrony Financial.

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Celebrate Your Retirement with Wilkerson

For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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