store layout

24-III-2014 14:51

There's the classical and traditional layout on one side, and the americanized walmart-type supermarket layout. The difference is in the basic approach.

The traditional layout will have things laid out by kind - it would have bread and any pastry together, then milk and all dairy products together, then kitchen related stuff (cake molds, toothpicks, plastic glasses, salt shakers etc) together, with kitchen and then bathroom chemistry next to it (which would include, or border with, all the car-related chemistry, shoeshine, insect repellants, candles). Paperware would be on a separate group and would include all of serviettes, toilet paper, tissue paper, packaging paper, bordering with office/} supplies (notebooks, pencils). Nearby would be all the bags - paper bags, trash bags, freezer bags. {A 0501 "Drinks"} would progress from {A 0506 "mineral water"} to soda drinks, then {A 0502 "beer"}, wine, strong stuff.

The americanized layout doesn't give a damn about the nature of the product, it cares about what is bought with what, so if you're buying shoelaces, it will park shoeshine and brushes nearby - assuming that if you're trying to maintain your shoes, you may want to be reminded of the other stuff you may find useful. So powdered sugar will not be with sugar, and plain brown {A 0485 "chocolate"} won't be with chocolate - they'll be with cake making stuff, along with raisins, cocoa and birthday canldes (which, again, won't be together with other candles). Tongs may be with flatware if they look like something you may use for {A 0529 "salad"}, but may be with {A 0528 "barbecue"} equipment if they look handy for turning steaks.

I imagine the confusion among the patrons is larger than mine - I have already spent years learning the logic behind the american layout (if any), and it still took me years to learn where to look for sandwich bags (in the party supplies, not in the school supplies, not in paper products, not among other bags).