Retail Design Blog

Our Retail Design Blog began as an internal source of inspiration, with the latest ideas, trends, and innovations in the retail industry. We've collated the projects we found most useful for our own retail designs and visual merchandising projects, with a range of applications that can come out of the ideas seen below: lighting design, modular structures, bespoke displays and much more.

5 Ways to Create a Showstopping Exhibition Stand (Plus a Bonus Money-Saving Hack)

Regardless of whether you call them trade shows, exhibitions, conferences or networking expos, one thing remains constant: having a distinctive, intelligently designed exhibition stand is non-negotiable for brands seeking to facilitate meaningful B2B and B2C interactions.

After nearly 30 years of experience working to deliver display systems to a range of international clients, the team at Unibox has built up a rich understanding of what matters most when designing an exhibition stand.

Factory Expansion News

Here at Unibox, we’ve been busy.

We’ve expanded our Manchester factory by building an additional 9000ft² of production space, purchased a range of new specialist machinery (including a 5-axis CNC profile router, a 3-axis flatbed CNC and a double-mitre saw), welcomed new skilled operatives into our now 120-strong workforce and invested heavily in making our manufacturing processes faster, better organized and more efficient. 


Sustainable Retail Design

It wasn’t that long ago that the idea of sustainability in retail was something of a niche concept, reserved for luxury retailers that incorporated some foliage within their store layout. 

However, in the last few years the voices arguing for sustainability and the need to act now have been more vocal (just think of the movement to reduce the number of plastic straws used!). 

The Rise of Experiential Pop-ups

In the world of retail, it really is no secret that pop-ups are getting even more- if you’ll pardon the pun -popular.  The fact that they are so temporary is a huge factor in what actually makes them so successful. They use their tried and tested method of leveraging consumers’ fear of missing out – or FOMO as it is commonly known. It is also the lack of permanency that is what lays the true foundation for something that is often referred to as the experiment zone. 

Experiential Retail Design

The term is heard a lot in retail - but what does it actually mean, and how can retailers provide the experience shoppers are coming to expect.

Experiential Interior Design (EID) is the practice of employing experiential values in interior experience design. EID is a new design approach to interior architecture based on modern environmental psychology emphasizing human experiential needs. - Wikipedia

Experiential Retail Design

The RetailEXPO 2019: Our most successful show to date

First and foremost, the entire Unibox team would like to say “thank you!” to everyone who visited our stand at RetailEXPO 2019. This year was the 4th time that Unibox has exhibited at RetailEXPO and we are delighted to report that it was our most successful show to date.

The expo is one the largest events within the worlds of interior design, visual merchandising and shop fitting. Taking place annually at London’s Olympia Park, it attracts visitors from all over the world who are in search of the latest and greatest retail solutions currently on the market.