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Blog Author - Steve Di Orio

 

Steve has been with Handy Store Fixtures for over 15 years. After becoming the Marketing Manager in 2006, he was named Director of Marketing. Steven earned his MBA from Montclair State University with a specialization in Digital Marketing in 2019. When not at work, he loves to travel, play golf, exercise, and talk all things search engine marketing and retail display tips.

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 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 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

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Gondola Shelves

When designing your retail space, your There are many types of walls that are useful for retailers looking to create the best display for their store. For those who are looking for something that looks neat and organized while also saving space, one of the best panel options are slatwalls.... read more.

  • March 20, 2017

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Pet Stores

The Challenge When creating shelving for pet stores, it can be tempting to stick to plain, functional gondolas and counters. But what if you want to get a little more creative with your shelving, but still maintain functionality? That was the challenge posed to Handy Store Fixtures. An owner of a pet store wanted us to create something a little more interesting than just a simple display unit to hold their “Biscuit Buffet,” an array of dog treats that could be selected individually. Their reques... read more.

  • December 13, 2016

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Gondola Shelves, Liquor Stores

Handy Stores Fixtures created a custom wine display unit to make a sleek and classy display When it comes to creating your liquor store shelving system, finding a balance between functionality and aesthetic can be difficult. While you want to keep your shelving utilitarian, it is also important to keep the shelving looking nice and appealing to customers. For one of our customers, these competing factors led us to create a custom solution: our wine four-way shelving unit. The shelf is able to display at lea... read more.

  • November 15, 2016

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Design

Color is one of the most significant determining factors directly related to sales. In various studies, color has been found to account for over 80% of purchases made based on color. That’s why choosing color carefully, thoughtfully and strategically for your retail store design can be a make it or break it deal. Did you know that every color conveys a different feeling to your customer? Did you also know that too much of one color can be irritating to a customer to the point where they may exit your... read more.

  • August 12, 2016