merchandising

[mur-chuhn-dahy-zing]
noun
the planning and promotion of sales by presenting a product to the right market at the proper time, by carrying out organized, skillful advertising, using attractive displays, etc.
Also called merchandise planning.


Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English; see merchandise, -ing1

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merchandise

[n. mur-chuhn-dahyz, -dahys; v. mur-chuhn-dahyz]
noun
1.
the manufactured goods bought and sold in any business.
2.
the stock of goods in a store.
3.
goods, especially manufactured goods; commodities.
verb (used without object), merchandised, merchandising.
4.
to carry on trade.
verb (used with object), merchandised, merchandising.
5.
to buy and sell; deal in; trade.
6.
to plan for and promote the sales of.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English marchandise < Old French. See merchant, -ice

merchandisable, adjective
merchandiser, noun
unmerchandised, adjective
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merchandise
 
n
1.  commercial goods; commodities
 
vb
2.  to engage in the commercial purchase and sale of (goods or services); trade
 
[C13: from Old French. See merchant]
 
'merchandiser
 
n

merchandising (ˈmɜːtʃənˌdaɪzɪŋ)
 
n
1.  the selection and display of goods in a retail outlet
2.  commercial goods, esp ones issued to exploit the popularity of a pop group, sporting event, etc

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merchandise
late 13c., "commodities of commerce," from Anglo-Fr. marchaundise, from marchaunt (see merchant). The verb is recorded from late 14c.
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merchandise definition


  1. n.
    any contraband. (Underworld.) : How much of the merchandise can you deliver by midnight?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
She envisioned the newspaper as a virtual merchandising machine.
In return it gets management fees and royalties on merchandising, food and the
  nearby hotels.
Merchandising and promotion are concepts that have not touched the place.
Sporting success plus merchandising were given as the key to brand value.
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