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Example of a planogram featuring textile products

Planograms, also known as plano-grams, plan-o-grams, schematics and POGs, are visual representations of a store's products or services on display. They are considered a tool for visual merchandising. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, "It is a diagram or model that indicates the placement of retail products on shelves in order to maximize sales."[1] The effectiveness of the planogram can be measured by the sales volume generated from the specific section being diagramed.


Planograms are predominantly used in retail businesses. A planogram defines the location and quantity of products to be placed on display. The rules and theories for the creation of a planogram are set under the terms of merchandising. For example, in the limited shelf space, a vendor may prefer to provide consumers with a wide assortment of products, or may limit the assortment but increase the facings of each product to avoid stock-outs.[2] Manufacturers often send planograms to stores ahead of new product shipments. This is useful when a vendor wants retail displays in multiple store locations to have the same look and feel. Often, a consumer goods manufacturer will release a newly suggested planogram with their new product to show how the product can relate to existing products.

Fast-moving consumer goods organizations and supermarkets mostly use text and box-based planograms in order to optimize shelf space, inventory turns, and profit margins. Apparel brands and retailers are more focused on presentation and use pictorial planograms that illustrate the look and brand identity each product.

Placement methods[edit]


Visual product placement is supported by different theories including; horizontal, vertical, and block placement. Horizontal product placement increases the concentration of a certain article for customers. Research studies suggest that a products relation to a customers eye level directly correlates to its percentage of sales.[3] This also depends on a customer's distance from the unit. Vertical product placement puts products on more than one shelf level to achieve 15 centimetres (5.9 in) – 30 centimetres (12 in) of placement space. Similar products are placed in blocks – brands, for example.


Commercial placement is determined by both market share placement and margin placement[4]. Market share research companies like ACNielsen collect sales data for various products, and from this data, calculate the market share of a certain product in its market segment. Margin placement is determined by the profit margin of a specific item. Higher margin places a product closer to the front of the store where it is most likely to attract attention.

Derivative targets[edit]

Derivative targets:

  • To communicate how to set the merchandise
  • To ensure sufficient inventory levels on the shelf or display
  • To use space effectively (e.g. floor, page, and screen)
  • To facilitate communication of retailer's brand identity
  • To assist in the process of mapping a store

Creation of planograms[edit]

The planogram originated with K-Mart. Planograms are created with the help of planogramming software by a Planogram Specialist, Space Planning Specialist or Space Planning Manager. The retail industry utilizes the automated software with the goal of ensuring proper stocking. Retailers are turning to planogram software to reflect each store’s particular customer desires and localized demand, while maintaining centralized control and supply chain efficiency. For example, some software packages focused upon fast-moving consumer goods and hard goods sectors made some enhancements to transfer parts of shelving elements to single store measurements, which, according to the producers, should increase efficiency.

Retailers are automating the creation of store-specific planograms through use of corporate-level business rules and constraints describing best practice product placements. Such planogramming solutions allow these companies to respond with location and language-specific messaging, pricing, and product placements based on business rules derived from location, campaign, and fixture attributes to create localized assortments.

Recent advances in store virtualization and collaboration allow manufacturers, retailers and category management experts from across the globe to work in the same virtual store in real time.


  1. ^ "planogram(plan·o·gram)". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 5 October 2011.
  2. ^ Rajesh., Ray, (2010). Supply chain management for retailing. New Delhi: Tata McGraw-Hill Education. ISBN 9780070145047. OCLC 616081266.
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  4. ^ "PLANOGRAM". Retrieved 2018-10-17.