So much has been achieved since 1981 !
GIFI's success story began in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, in the Lot-et-Garonne department (47) of France, where the family-owned company still has its headquarters, with more than 600 administrative and logistics staff.
18/09/1981: In the beginning... The first GIFI store was opened in Villeneuve-sur-Lot
1988: Creation of the central purchasing platform and pioneering sourcing without intermediaries in Asia
1993: Inauguration of the 50th store. Launch of the slogan: “GIFI, des idées de Génie!” (GIFI, Great ideas!)
2002: First stores opened in French overseas departments and territories (Guadeloupe, French Guiana) and international markets
2007: Creation of the subsidiary GIFI Asia Ltd in Hong Kong
2008 : Creation of Ningbo GIFI Trading (NGT)
2009: Development of stores operating under trade name licenses
2011: Opening of the first store under a trade name license in Morocco
2012: GIFI celebrates its 30th anniversary and opens its 385th store
One only has to ask the customers themselves to be convinced! Customers come to GIFI stores to treat themselves to items both small and large. To find a new product, a gift, a decorative item, a handy tool... and all at very competitive prices. From one generation to the next, a relationship of confidence has been created.
While remaining faithful to the core principles that have made this success possible, GIFI is constantly advancing and adapting its commercial concept. The latest generation GIFI store is born providing an even more hospitable experience for the comfort of our customers.
This new generation of GIFI stores has adopted a modern, colourful and contemporary style, trendy and with a strong design concept, innovating with its collections and combining an incredible selection at very attractive prices.
To implement this new concept, both the outside (façade) and inside of stores (customer shopping route, furnishings, signage, decoration…) have been completely reinvented.
This new GIFI concept has all the key components to ensure that the brand is synonymous with practical and innovative discount shopping.
The customer shopping route has been redesigned for simple and easy product location through a carefully designed signage making it possible to rapidly identify individual departments, with new themes “Super useful!”, “Storage for everything!”, “In front of the screen!” … including, of course, the “1,2,3 euros!” price point sections at the store entrances.
Merchandising display innovations like the front entrance podium, wall display for top-selling products or a central area promoting the price-point positioning and product renewals.
Immediately on entering the store, a showcase displaying current promotions can be seen.
Within each universe, a retail display area for flagship products includes a GIFI dynamic pricing display with one smart buy per category at unbeatable prices. Prices are identified by signage bearing GIFIʼs two signature colours: red and yellow.
The central area, consisting of a decoration area and an advertising and news area, is identified by LED-lit columns changing colours for optimal visibility and a convivial atmosphere. Built-in screens propose videos according to areas about GIFI-branded design trends, latest products and current promotions.
Store furnishings are simple with sober colours in order to better enhance the visibility of the products themselves.
GIFI’s stated objective is to have 500 sales outlets by 2017.
The Group’s new stores reflect its commitment to providing local service to its customers and strengthening its leadership in France, while continuing to grow internationally.
To achieve this goal, we need to continue to open about 25 directly-owned stores and trade name licensees each year.
The redesigned interiors and exteriors of our stores, for transfers and expansions as well, are also part of the Group’s strategy. The goal is to align the GIFI store network with its changing image through gradual shifts to new generation stores.