A Day in the Retail Office - By Alice Morton

As a ‘newbie’ to Durham University I’ve spent the day with the lovely Retail team, getting to know them and what they all do……………… although I don’t think a day is long enough to take it all in!


First thing this morning I was rummaging around the stock room fulfilling any new online orders. I was quite overwhelmed by the choice available in there! I really must get myself an American style hoody; they are just so soft, definitely what you need for a lazy day. The rest of the morning was spent with Vicky talking stock systems and tills, which is sadly one of my favourite things to do. Then onto my absolute favourite thing to talk about…… WEDDINGS! Vicky is getting married this weekend so all is very exciting. Then we went on to what I think is the best part of their job, ordering and choosing amazing new stock for all of our outlets. I could literally spend all day just browsing!


Debra then took me on quite an adventure this afternoon.  I was taken on a tour of the gift shops! First stop was Palace Green Library were I got the warmest of welcomes and I was amazed ... read more

Posted On 08/08/2016
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An Interview with Barbara Brass; Window Displays

Barbara is our resident window display guru, her keen eye for design and detail has resulted in our window outside the University Waterstones looking better than ever. In the office we are often baffled by the things Barbara can come up with, so we thought we would interview her to find out more…

So Barbara, what process do you go through when designing a window display? Firstly, it is key to determine what the window is promoting. Ffor example at the minute I am working on an Easter window display, I decided to focus and promote spring in the garden as the direct theme of the window. I then look for inspiration from the internet, social media such as pinterest, current trends in magazines and even films. From this I generate a mental or physical mood board, or simply print off a key image to work around and make notes. Sometimes I choose a prop and work around that bringing in other props to complement it.

How do you know how many props to put into the window? I am quite a spatial person, I can see a space and will know straight away if something will fit or not, ... read more

Posted On 03/03/2016
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