Yes, I recently finished reading the book, "50 Shades of Grey" and um, well I only read it because it was on our book club list and I want those hours of my life back. ;)...but my blog post has nothing to do with the book, it has to do with business reasons to limit your colour offerings of products.
In the case of Baby Wisp, we are able to offer a large variety of shades of Pink, but not very many of blue or special colours like this season's hot tangerine trend. Why?
This post is inspired by the 5 or so emails I received in June for special request colours to be offered in our products. I thought it might be a good opportunity to share a business lesson I learned the hard way. This, of course, is in my humble opinion only based only on my personal business experience so take it or leave it (for those who are interested in this blog for the business advice I share).
Running a girl's accessory company, I can tell you that Baby Wisp sells more pink than all other colours combined. How is this possible? First, consider that we offer at least 3 different pinks in each collection. We have close to 30 collections which means we stock more pink than any other colour.
Take, for example, our polka dot mini latch clip 5 pack. 3 pink variations of polka dot ribbon at the top while our other polka dot pack is more mixed with only 2 pinks. We sell more of the pink packs 3:1. I could illustrate this across many of our offerings.
From a customer perspective, you can easily see the logic for the purchasing of pink over other colours. The majority of a girl's wardrobe in Canadian society is pink (yes, gross generalization and no stats backing that claim up- opinion piece here people!) so it would make sense that when accessorizing, you would purchase accessories that would get the most use possible out of them. Especially, for high end, high quality boutique accessories, it just makes sense to optimize your investment. For gifting purchases, you are pretty much guaranteed that buying her a pink hair bow is going to match something in her wardrobe.
From a Business perspective, consider the cost of stocking say...ORANGE. We sold approximately 10 last year online. Selling ten bows in a year could not sustain our business.
It's the only orange product we carry so it's not that it's in competition with other styles. It's the colour itself that is limiting it's sales. We did sell ten though, so there are customers who want it...but to take up expensive inventory space and divert cash away from investing in other stronger selling products that move at 100 or 500X faster rate; it does not make much sense.
Being a specialty boutique does mean we offer unique products, styles, and colours so we do try and offer grey, yellow, navy, orange and green but the balance we strike is that those colours are very, very restricted and cannot be offered across all collections due to warehouse space and cash reasons.
We take very seriously the feedback of our customers in our growth strategy so with enough emails, phonecalls, tweets and facebook messages from our retail and wholesale customers we continue to expand to new styles and colours each season. Trend-setting based on customer driven styles. Speaking of, what type of new products or styles would you like to see Baby Wisp carry? Join the facebook conversation or comment here.