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By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Uncategorized

If you've shopped with Handy Store Fixtures before or are checking us out for the first time, it’s good to know about some of our unique offerings. Not only do we offer a wide selection of retail shelving fixtures for almost every type of retail store, but we also offer some exclusive services that set us apart from the competition. Have you heard about Handy Gold? This service is something only offered through our online retail shelving store. This secure online feature allows us to create a custom pres... read more.

  • February 14, 2014

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Uncategorized

Steve Di Orio, the Handy Store Fixtures Marketing Manager, was recently interviewed for a feature article in Pet Product News International. In the article, he gave several pet retailer shelving strategies to help boost efficiency and sales in 2014. While the suggestions were geared mostly toward pet supply stores, we didn’t want you to feel like you missed out at all. So, let us share some of the useful information featured in this article so you can try out the strategies for yourself. Adaptation is... read more.

  • February 07, 2014

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Design

Party stores, by nature, have a lot of items to display for their consumers.  For retail stores, it's imperative to be able to showcase their goods in an organized fashion so that customers don't feel overwhelmed. Quality organization allows the customers to easily navigate the store, and it makes for a positive shopping experience that will help have customers coming back for more. Gondola shelving units, bulk shelving units, and other items can perfectly display party store items. Here's a little mo... read more.

  • January 10, 2014

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

Gondola shelving units are some of the most familiar and popular retail shelving. They offer versatility in setting up your retail space, with a wide variety of sizes available. Customers and retail associates can walk completely around them for easy accessibility. End shelving can be added as well, maximizing the display area.   Since they are free standing, wall space is not required and they will help fully utilize all available retail space. Some units have pegboard as the shelf backing, offering eve... read more.

  • January 03, 2014

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

A store's fixtures communicate something subtly to the customer, if even the customer isn't paying attention. Retail store fixtures can affect a customer's decision to stay in a store as much as the product, the overhead music, and the attitude of the salesperson can. The decision to use wood over metal, or vice-versa, can be a difficult one to make. There are several pros and cons to each. Wood tends to have an earthy, warm appearance that is inviting to the customer. It can have an unvarnished appearan... read more.

  • December 27, 2013

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

Very few stores ever have enough space or the right number of retail shelving units to properly store items to ensure they are easy to find, access, and always safe so merchandise looks its best on the floor.  Here are a few easy ways to get control of your back room: Bins Bins allow you to safely store your items and keep them clean. Bins are great for grouping similar and complimentary items. Stack your bins to utilize your empty vertical space and you can even find ways to store uncommonly used ite... read more.

  • December 20, 2013

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Uncategorized

How can you enhance the effect of open spaces in a retail store? The obvious answer is with efficient shelving and separating areas of the store with partitions. More complicated strategies to lend space to a store involve lighting effects, managing space vertically and perhaps painting an accent wall. Accent Wall  Erecting an accent wall - a wall whose design is dissimilar from other walls in the room - can lend a cultured and more open ambience to an otherwise cozy space. According to design experts... read more.

  • December 13, 2013

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Uncategorized

As any owner-operator of retail hardware establishments know, effective merchandising is the key to increasing store sales.  Efficient merchandising allows owners the time to concentrate on other selling activities, improves customer satisfaction, which in turn leads to increased sales per customer.  An unorganized store is frustrating for both customers and staff alike, so every effort to achieve a seamless marketing face is rewarded with increased revenues that significantly add to the store’s bottom line... read more.

  • December 06, 2013

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Uncategorized

When it comes to retail stores, one of the factors to their success is the layout of the store. This is especially true during the holidays, since this is the time of the year when customers will be more easily enticed into buying additional products. One of the best locations for retail displays is near the checkout counter. The following five reasons why setting up retail displays by the checkout counters can help to move more products during the holiday season: Visibility – Products that are displayed... read more.

  • November 29, 2013

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Uncategorized

Retail displays are not only a window on the world for customers but it in many instances the position of the retail shelving units will either make or break a potential sale.  This is especially crucial for many retail businesses that will make up a sizable portion of their sales during the all-important holiday season when product placement matters. One way of eliminating stale retail display shelving is to never let the customers become used to the same display items.  Customers love the idea of newne... read more.

  • November 22, 2013