The consistent and strong sales growth demonstrated over past years has resulted from the Company using a range of sales channels including:
- Pumpkin Patch retail stores
- International wholesaling;
- Department stores
- Pumpkin Patch branded stores owned by third parties
- Catalogue and Internet
Pumpkin Patch Retail Stores
Pumpkin Patch currently has 190 stores in New Zealand, Australia, and Ireland and employs over
2,000 staff (including both full time and part time staff). there is a perceived gap in the mid-upper segment of the market;
The Pumpkin Patch shopping experience is fresh and unique - when people walk into one of the stores they get a real sense of the
passion that the Company has put into the clothes. Each of these stores sells the comprehensive Pumpkin Patch collections and is
designed to be open, inviting and exciting. The stores feature specially designed areas for boys and girls, a cool mini-store for the
Urban Angel brand, a toy-filled play area to keep even the smallest shoppers amused, and lots of room for parents and kids to move around.
The fixtures and fittings throughout our stores reflect the commitment to quality that is evident throughout our business.
Special interior effects and hand-painted finishes are used to create a warm and friendly 'designer store' atmosphere.
Given that the unique stores are perceived by some parents as a shopper's heaven it is not surprising that several stores have
been voted by shopping centre customers as the best in the centre.
Pumpkin Patch carefully evaluates the location for new stores. The Company undertakes reviews with external consultants that
analyse customer catchments, customer demographics, availability and cost of retail space, proximity of competitors and
proximity to other existing Pumpkin Patch stores.
Pumpkin Patch's in-house design and fit-out teams enable the Company to quickly design and build new stores. Generally a
store is open within eight to ten weeks from the receipt of final plans and approvals.
Most stores are between 250m2 and 350m2 (the largest is 500m2) with standard leases having initial durations of approximately five years.
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As Pumpkin Patch continues to grow, interest from new markets is also growing. Research undertaken by Pumpkin Patch
indicates that opportunities exist for establishing the brand through stand-alone stores located within shopping
centres and through wholesale sales to Department stores, either with branded in-store concepts or within the
existing store environment.
Our new market development is focused on markets where:
the market is of a size (or allows entry to neighbouring markets) which justifies the entry and set-up investment costs;
the ranges can be priced at a competitive retail price positioning point;
Pumpkin Patch and the retailer can both achieve acceptable profit margins;
the existing concept can be established without the need for major change to the products ranges or logistics infrastructure;
the economy is stable and growing; and,
The political situation is stable;
Tariffs for apparel and footwear are in the low to mid range;
There are retailers with a proven track record for taking retail/brand concepts to market and;
the necessary systems and logistics to efficiently and quickly deliver products to the market, can be quickly implemented.
We have franchise partners across the Middle East, in parts of Asia and in South Africa as well as wholesale partnerships with Department stores or online stores in the USA, Ireland, and the UK. To accommodate interest from various parties located in various markets a "Distribution Enquiries" section is included on the investor relations site to facilitate the enquiry process.
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Catalogue and Internet: Pumpkin Patch Direct
Pumpkin Patch has an e-tail website called www.pumpkinpatchkids.com.. On average in 2009,
Pumpkin Patch's website received approximately 6,500,000 visits.
The internet sites, which are predominantly developed by Pumpkin Patch's in-house team of specialists,
are regularly refreshed to include the latest available ranges and remove items where stock is low.
Over the years, Pumpkin Patch has built up a significant database of customers that have either bought
merchandise from stores, over the internet or out of the catalogue. The database is regularly updated and analysed
to ensure that customer details are up-to-date and that "non-responsive" entries are deleted; it complies
with best-practice principles of permission based Direct Marketing.
Each season Pumpkin Patch produces over 300,000 catalogues to customers in New Zealand and Australia.
The catalogues are designed in-house and feature the latest fashion ranges. Any sales orders received from the catalogue
are processed by Pumpkin Patch's in-house call centre (located at its head office) and dispatched by the distribution centre.
The Pumpkin Patch call centre in Auckland is operated Monday-Friday 8.00am-8.30pm NZDT.
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