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By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Holidays, Retail Growth Strategies, Store Management

In the blink of an eye, the holiday shopping season is now in full swing. From the Halloween season to New Year's Day, retailers are prepared to lure shoppers with extended hours of operation and increased staff on hand to help customers find the right gifts. For many retailers, this is a critical time of year from a profitability perspective.... read more.

  • October 12, 2021

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in News, Retail Growth Strategies

This October, the convenience store industry will once again be joined together after almost two years for the 2021 NACS (National Association of Convenience Stores) Show. The NACS Show, one of the largest industry-specific conferences and exhibits in the United States, will be held at the McCormick Center in Chicago from October 5th thru the 8th after a year of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.... read more.

  • August 05, 2021

By Handy Store Fixtures, Posted in Pet Stores

In 2017, a National Pet Owners Study was conducted by the American Pet Products Associated (APPA), concluding that 85 million families, or 68% of all United States households, own at least one pet. The first year this study was conducted was in 1988, and back then, 56% of U.S. households owned at least one pet. Given the significant growth seen in the pet supply industry, pet store retailers have been consistently on the rise over the past twenty years. In this article, we detail four ways in which pet stor... read more.

  • July 27, 2021

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Design

As a retailer, you know the extent to which presentation can make or break your sales, but that doesn't necessarily mean you have a bottomless budget for high-end shelving. With a little planning, you won't have to spend much for attractive and affordable retail displays.... read more.

  • May 20, 2021

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Gondola Shelves, Retail Growth Strategies

Independent retailers looking to start a new project, many things are required to open a store - one of the most critical items in your store fixtures. In particular, the gondola shelves that will display your merchandise.... read more.

  • April 16, 2021

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Convenience Stores, Store Design

Have you ever walked into a convenience store and asked yourself, why was this store designed this way? As you can probably imagine, the store layout was not created by chance but by data. Large convenience store chain retailers have data on which products to display on which gondola shelf based on projected purchases. As an independent c-store operator, you might not have the resources to obtain such granular data, making your convenience store design even more critical to set your business up for success.... read more.

  • March 04, 2021

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Pharmacy, Retail Growth Strategies, Store Design

Independently owned pharmacies are one of the fastest-growing businesses in the United States. And here is an interesting fact, the Independent pharmacy marketplace accounts for nearly US $81.5 billion in revenue. Filling prescriptions is the key driver many pharmacies have for obtaining and retaining a loyal customer base.... read more.

  • February 12, 2021

By Handy Store Fixtures, Posted in Retail Growth Strategies

What will retail look like in 2021? You’ve probably been asking yourself this question a lot lately, and for good reason. For many retailers in the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many of us conduct our business.... read more.

  • January 27, 2021

By Handy Store Fixtures, Posted in Liquor Stores, Retail Growth Strategies

Like most businesses, opening a new store takes a tremendous amount of work and contains a considerable amount of risk. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the liquor industry is no exception. There are many factors that business owners must be aware of in order to open and operate a profitable liquor store in 2021.... read more.

  • January 06, 2021

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Convenience Stores

This October, the convenience store industry will gather once again in Chicago for the 2021 NACS Show. This year, the annual convention will take place from October 5th to the 8th at McCormick Place. With over 1,200 organizations exhibiting and 23,000 industry professionals attending the show worldwide, the NACS Show is the perfect opportunity for convenience store owners to network with industry experts and discover new products and services.... read more.

  • December 28, 2020