Title:
Consolidated and coordinated gift wrap display
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A consolidated and coordinated gift wrap and packaging display holds and presents articles for decorative gift wrapping in a spectral and thematic arrangement. The consolidated display includes a plurality of modules, each module displaying a plurality of gift wrap items which are coordinated in color, theme or both, so that the modules are visually distinct among the consolidated display. Each module may contain rolled gift wrap, folded gift wrap, small and large gift bags, ribbon on rolls or in strands, gift cards, novelties or gift wrap accessories. The visual distinction of each module within the display draws consumers to the desired type of gift wrap presentation, and the dense arrangement of coordinated and complimentary gift wrap items encourages selection and purchase of a complete gift wrap ensemble.



Inventors:
Stolle, Janet (Hudson, OH, US)
Nemeth, Belinda (Shaker Heights, OH, US)
Kopsak, Dan (Lakewood, OH, US)
Application Number:
11/073107
Publication Date:
09/07/2006
Filing Date:
03/04/2005
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
211/10
International Classes:
A47F7/14
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Primary Examiner:
MAGUIRE, LINDSAY M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
ROETZEL & ANDRESS (CLV) (CLEVELAND, OH, US)
Claims:
1. A consolidated and coordinated gift wrap display module supporting different types of gift wrap products, the gift wrap display module comprising: a generally vertically disposed panel having a plurality of fixtures for supporting different types of gift wrap products, the gift wrap products including gift wrap sheets, gift bags, bows and ribbons; each of the different types of gift wrap products arranged in groups upon the panel, and colors or themes of the gift wrap products being coordinated.

2. The gift wrap display module of claim 1 further comprising additional types of gift wrap products including gift cards and novelties which are arranged in groups upon the panel and which have colors or themes which are coordinated with other gift wrap products of the gift wrap display.

3. The gift wrap display module of claim 1 wherein the different types of gift wrap products have different sizes and configurations.

4. The gift wrap display module of claim 1 wherein the gift wrap sheets comprise gift wrap sheets which are folded and gift wrap sheets which are rolled, and wherein the gift wrap sheets which are folded are supported by a first fixture and the gift wrap sheets which are rolled are supported by a second fixture.

5. The gift wrap display module of claim 1 wherein the gift bags comprise gift bags of at least two different sizes.

6. The gift wrap display module of claim 1 wherein the bows comprise bows of a first configuration and bows of a second configuration.

7. The gift wrap display module of claim 1 wherein the ribbons comprise ribbons of a first configuration and ribbons of a second configuration.

8. The gift wrap display module of claim 1 further comprising folded tissue paper as a type of gift wrap product.

9. The gift wrap display module of claim 1 further comprising novelties as a type of gift wrap product.

10. The gift wrap display module of claim 1 wherein one type of gift wrap product is supported by a rack fixture attached to the panel, and another type of gift wrap product is supported by hang tags suspended from hook fixtures attached to the panel.

11. The gift wrap display module of claim 1 wherein gift bags are displayed above other types of gift wrap products on the panel of the gift wrap display.

12. The gift wrap display module of claim 1 wherein the gift wrap products are color coordinated such that each type of gift wrap product can be combined with another type of gift wrap product of the gift wrap display module and be coordinated in color.

13. The gift wrap display module of claim 1 in combination with at least one additional gift wrap display module also having different types of gift wrap products arranged in groups upon the panel and having coordinated colors or themes which are different than the themes or colors of the other gift wrap display module.

14. The gift wrap display modules of claim 13 wherein panels of the gift wrap display modules are generally aligned.

15. The gift wrap display module of claim 1 wherein the fixtures project from the panel a generally uniform distance.

16. A gift wrap display of gift wrap products comprising: a plurality of gift wrap display modules, each module having a generally vertically oriented panel with fixtures attached thereto for supporting different types of gift wrap products; the different types of gift wrap products of each module arranged in groups upon the panel and coordinated by color, whereby one type of gift wrap product selected from a module can be used in color coordination with another type of gift wrap product selected from the same module.

17. The gift wrap display of claim 16 comprising two or more modules wherein the panels of the modules are generally aligned.

18. The gift wrap display of claim 16 wherein the different types of gift wrap products of each module are similarly arranged in groups upon each of the panels of the modules.

19. The gift wrap display of claim 16 wherein the different types of gift wrap products of each module are dissimilarly arranged in groups upon each of the panels of the modules.

20. The gift wrap display of claim 16 wherein the different types of gift wrap products of each module include sheet gift wrap, gift bags, bows and ribbons.

21. (canceled)

22. The gift wrap display of claim 20 wherein the sheet gift wrap of a gift wrap display module includes sheet gift wrap in rolled form and in folded form.

23. The gift wrap display of claim 20 wherein the gift bags of a gift wrap display module include at least two different sizes of gift bags.

24. The gift wrap display of claim 20 wherein the bows of a gift wrap display module include star bows and ribbon-style bows.

25. The gift wrap display of claim 20 further comprising different types of gift wrap products including tissue paper, roll ribbon and novelties.

26. A consolidated and coordinated gift wrap display comprising multiple display modules, each display module having a panel with fixtures supporting different types of gift wrap products, each type of gift wrap product being grouped together on the panel, and each of the types of gift wrap products being color coordinated so that gift wrap products of different types can be selected from the same display module and combined to form a color coordinated gift wrap ensemble.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention pertains generally to retail displays and, more particularly, to complex retail displays for displaying multiple kinds and sizes of products in a coordinated fashion.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

In the retail display of gift wrapping products such as paper, ribbons and bows, it is difficult to present to consumers the wide variety of products available. For gift wrap, some categorization is helpful, yet the physical form of the display should hold the products so that they are readily visible and accessible in order to promote sales. Given the density with which such products can be packaged, it is especially challenging to adequately display a wide variety of colors, textures and themes. This has a large negative effect on total sales and on sell-through of individual gift wrap items, particularly those which are essentially concealed or otherwise obscured on a crowded or poorly arranged display.

Gift wrap accent items, such as bows, ribbons, cards and tissue paper are frequently displayed separate and apart from wrapping paper and gift bags and not coordinated by theme or color. This has a negative effect on the sale of these items, and there has been no successful approach to present to the consumer an assortment of different types of gift wrap products from which a complete and coordinated gift wrap ensemble can be selected for purchase.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides a consolidated and coordinated gift wrap display in which complete groupings of gift wrap products are presented in color coordinated, spectral or thematic arrays. The display as a whole is made up of two or more modules, with each module having common display elements such as relative positioning and arrangement of different types of gift wrap products. Each novel display module contains gift wrap products which are coordinated in some respect, whether by color, theme or other design attribute. The individual modules therefore have common features with respect to the relative positioning of different gift wrap products, so that the display as a whole has uniformity in that regard. And the modules are each unique with respect to at least one design attribute of the coordinated collection of gift wrap products. Each individual module has a novel arrangement of gift wrap products. These and other aspects and features of the invention are further described herein. Adjacent or combined modules of a consolidated display may or may not have the same type and arrangement of gift wrap products.

In accordance with one general aspect of the invention, there is provided a consolidated and coordinated gift wrap display module which has a generally vertically disposed panel having a plurality of fixtures for supporting different types of gift wrap products, including gift wrap sheets, gift bags, bows and ribbons; each of the types of gift wrap products arranged in groups upon the panel, and colors or themes of the gift wrap products being coordinated.

In accordance with another general aspect of the invention, there is provided a gift wrap display which has a plurality of gift wrap display modules, each module having a generally vertically oriented panel with fixtures attached thereto for supporting different types of gift wrap products; the different types of gift wrap products of each module arranged in groups upon the panel and coordinated by color, whereby one type of gift wrap product selected from a module can be used in color coordination with another type of gift wrap product selected from the same module.

In accordance with still another aspect of the invention, there is provided a consolidated and coordinated gift wrap display which is made up of multiple display modules, each display module having a panel with fixtures supporting different types of gift wrap products, each type of gift wrap product being grouped together on the panel, and each of the types of gift wrap products being color coordinated so that gift wrap products of different types can be selected from the same display module and combined to form a color coordinated gift wrap ensemble.

These and other aspects of the invention are herein described in further detail as representative but not exclusive examples of ways in which the broad principles of the invention can be executed and practiced.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIGS. 1-4 and 7 are front elevations of a gift wrap product display modules of the present invention;

FIGS. 5 and 6 are front elevations of a consolidated and coordinated gift wrap display of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF PREFERRED AND ALTERNATE EMBODIMENTS

A consolidated and coordinated gift wrap display is indicated generally at 10 in each of the FIGS. 1-7. The display 10 can be in the form of what is referred to herein as a module M which is a collection and arrangement of a plurality of gift wrap products within a defined area, such as the rectangular form display shown in FIG. 1. In one representative form, the display module M is made up of a stand or base 12 which provides a foundation for the display for placement on retail floorspace. Rising from the base 12 is a back wall or panel 14 which provides a structure for engagement of product display hardware such as hooks, hangers, racks, shelves, bracketry, all generally referred to as fixtures, and the like as known in the art for gripping, holding or suspending or supporting products in front of or upon panel 14. The panel 14 can be any material suitable for attachment of the various product display fixtures, and can be specifically configured such as slat wall, metal roll form wall with an array of parallel channels, a sheet form wall with openings, or an open lattice of parallel wires or rods.

In this manner, a diverse and dense array of gift wrap products include gift wrap sheets of paper or other material in rolled form, gift bags of various sizes (e.g. relatively small and relatively large), gift wrap sheets of paper or other material which are folded, tissue paper, pre-formed bows (e.g. with adhesive backing and attached to a hang tag), ribbons in strands or on spools (spooled ribbon) on hang tags or in boxes or other packaging, gift cards, novelty items such as trinkets, bobs, charms or other items for attachment to a gift wrapped package, and any other products which are useable as a component of a gift wrap ensemble.

Each of the different types of gift wrap products are generally grouped together upon the module M, such as rolled gift wrap 20, e.g. supported horizontally as shown upon racks 21, relatively large gift bags 30 suspended from a hanger 31 proximate to roll wrap 20; bows 40 on hang-tags 41 suspended from hooks 42, folded gift wrap paper products 50 including wrapping paper and tissue paper upon shelves 51, roll ribbon 60 supported on racks 61, gift cards 70 on hooks 71, gift wrap novelties 80 on hooks 81, ribbon strands 90 on hook 91, and relatively smaller gift bags 32 suspended from hangers 33 in an upper region of the module M.

As further shown in FIGS. 2-4, the arrangement of this collection and other collections of gift wrap items on the modules M can be altered according to preferences and to accommodate items of different sizes and shapes. For example, the number and types of bows 40 can vary within the allotted space on the module. This includes star-type bows 40 of different sizes, hanging ribbon-type bows 43 of varying length and width, and any other type of bow displayed also by attachment to a card suspended on hooks.

As is apparent from the foregoing description, the product content of a single module M constitutes a wide array of gift wrap products, i.e., all of the materials and items necessary to create a complete coordinated gift wrap ensemble for a gift or package. As will be further described, multiple modules M, having different collections and arrangements of gift wrapping projects, can be combined in series to form a larger gift wrap display. Each display module M can have a unique theme, defined by color or subject matter or both. For example, a module for feminine gift wrapping may have a plurality of gift wrap items and objects which have complimentary shades of pink or pastel coloring and appropriate designs. The various gift wrap products, paper, ribbon, bows, gift bags, cards, etc. are thus coordinated by color or theme or otherwise to create a gift wrap ensemble. Because the coordinated items are all contained within a module M, they are readily discernable in a combined or consolidated display made of multiple modules, wherein each module has a different gift wrapping color or theme.

FIG. 5 illustrates an embodiment of a consolidated and coordinated gift wrap display of the invention, wherein multiple modules M1, M2 and M3 are arranged side-by-side or in series for placement along an aisle of a store. This grouping of multiple modules M forms a consolidated display. As apparent from FIG. 5, the grouped locations of the described gift wrap items in each of the modules M1-M3 is generally the same, with some variation in sizes and shapes of items within some of the groups. For example, all of the various bows on each of the modules are located above the roll wrap 20 and below the smaller gift bags 32, yet within this grouping the collection, type and size of bows may vary among the modules. The same is true with respect to the groupings of smaller gift bags 32, spooled ribbon 60, gift cards 70, and gift wrap novelties 80. The principal distinguishing characteristic of each module M is a color scheme or theme which is unique from the other modules of the display. The modules of the display are thus coordinated, by color or theme or both, or other attributes. In many instances the color scheme is related to the occasion theme of the module, such as for example gift wrap items with shades of silver and white for wedding presents, shades of blue for presents for males, shades of pink for females, bright primary colors for juveniles, pastels for Easter occasion gifts, etc. The coloration of the various gift wrap items of each module need not be all within the same spectrum but more importantly coordinated in some respect. For example, in a module wherein the primary or most visually prominent color is silver, there may be coordinated items which are white, gold, pink or aqua which coordinate well with the silver theme. Although each module may have items of many different colors in this regard, each module nonetheless has a primary color scheme by which it is discernable from the other modules of the display. This, in addition to the compact presentation of a wide assortment of coordinated gift wrap items within each module, greatly facilitates the selection and sale of a complete gift wrap ensemble, resulting in higher sales of gift wrap items.

FIG. 5 illustrates three modules M arranged in series, while the invention is of course applicable to less or many more modules arranged in side-by-side series or in any other arrangement for any retail environment. Also, the relative sizes of the modules M may vary in height and width. For example, FIG. 6 illustrates a module M′ which has a greater width than modules M1-M3, which accommodates three sections of roll wrap rack displays, with bows displayed above the lateral roll wrap racks, larger gift bags displayed above the central roll wrap racks, and the smaller gift bags displayed in a continuous arrangement across the entire width at the top of the module. Larger module dimensions such as shown in FIG. 6 are able to accommodate larger gift wrap items such as large and oversized gift bags which are centrally displayed, and longer rolls or gift wrap. This expands the versatility of the consolidated display by, for example, having one or more modules devoted to display of items of extraordinary size or shape. This, in addition to color scheme and theme, also serves as a visual distinction of a module in a consolidated display.

A consolidated display of the invention may further include one or more modules M which have a gift wrap product collection and arrangement which is very different from adjacent or combined modules. For example, FIG. 7 illustrates a module M″ which has a different collection and arrangement of gift wrap items, such as roll wrap 20 which is displayed in an upright configuration and in different lengths, large and small gift bags 30, 32 also displayed in an upright configuration, gift cards 70, bows 40, roll ribbon 60 and folded paper products 50 in vertically suspended packages or upon shelves or trays attached to panel 14. The different collection and arrangement of these items within module M″ distinguishes it from the other modules of a display, and also serves as a different format for display of gift wrap products of a different classification, such as value priced items, in comparison to those of the rest of the display.

The invention thus provides a consolidated and coordinated gift wrap display made up of multiple modules M, each of which has a distinct visual characteristic defined by coordinated colors, designs and/or themes, and which presents dense groupings of coordinated gift wrap products to the consumer so that a complete gift wrap ensemble can be easily selected. The selection process is facilitated by the color/theme grouping which initially directs a shopper to the appropriate part or module of the consolidated display. Also, the close arrangement of complimentary and coordinated gift wrap items, such as bows being located right next to wrapping paper, and tissue being located right next to gift bags, encourages the selection and purchase of these separate but coordinated items. The display also encourages purchase of extras such as gift cards and accessories which, if not displayed in close proximity, might not occur to the shopper to find and purchase.