By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Pharmacy

As an independent pharmacy owner it can be difficult to make your pharmacy stand out from the bigger retailers. But the extra effort you put in is what will keep customers coming to your business, even if it is not as convenient as a pharmacy that is located on every corner. Here are a few tips for keeping customers coming back to your pharmacy, and becoming a beloved neighborhood establishment. Internal Tips Be Innovative: Set yourself apart from the rest by always coming up with new and better ideas for y... read more.

  • April 17, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Liquor Stores

With so much competition in the liquor market it can be tough to separate your store from other establishments. Big box retailers and popular grocery store chains likely offer many of the same products, and customers are able to pick up these items during their weekly shopping trips. As a liquor store owner, you will need to ensure your store stands out from the rest. Here are 5 tips to get you there. Killer displays. Fill your liquor store fixtures with the latest products, like a brand new flavor of vodka... read more.

  • April 10, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in

You have the desire, the drive and the ideas – but are you ready to start a business? Opening a business is a tough process, and staying afloat once you have is even harder. Before starting your business there are a few essential questions you must ask yourself, and be sure you have solid answers for all of them. First and foremost, WHY. Why do I want to start this business? Is it because you have a brand new product that no one else has and you see a real demand for? Is it just because you are tired of... read more.

  • April 03, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in

Spring is the perfect time to get into a new marketing groove. Spring cleaning, warm weather, spring holidays and sports – the opportunities are endless. Not only are the marketing topics ripe for the taking, but people are finally ready to leave their homes and visit the stores! Instead of just the quick, mandatory trips to the grocery store, people are ready to start leisurely shopping around again. So take advantage of this time of year to revamp your retail displays and boost your marketing effort... read more.

  • March 27, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

Setting up a store is a matter of personal taste, but should also take into account customer appeal. Your store fixtures should be easy to shop, well organized, and host an ample amount of products without overflowing. You never want your display shelves to be dusty, dirty or falling apart. Imagine you are the customer walking into your store, you would want the shelves to be well organized, easy to shop and make sense. You would also hope for enough space in-between aisles and shelving units to comfortably... read more.

  • March 19, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in

With such growth in online shopping it is more critical than ever that brick and mortar stores step up their game to keep customers coming back and to bring in new ones. Location, merchandise, your sales team and customer rapport are the 4 pillars of maintaining a steady stream of business and remaining profitable. Location: Focus on finding a location in a high traffic area. You could sell the most amazing products but if you are in the middle of nowhere chances are the customers will not be flocking to yo... read more.

  • March 13, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

If you are opening up a new retail store or other small business this is probably an exciting and terrifying time. Of course you want to succeed, be profitable and stay afloat. These are struggles many small business owners face. So how do you not become one of the many failed small businesses out there? Make sure you have saved enough money before taking the plunge. Depending exclusively on loans, whether from family or the bank, can be dangerous. Work to save as much of the required investment money as po... read more.

  • March 06, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Gondola Shelves

Are you in the retail industry and in need of a store makeover? Or maybe you are opening a new store and don’t know where to start? Retail stores can be anything from large bulk supply warehouses to small, family owned shops. Handy Store Fixtures can help you along the way with expert knowledge in store planning in the retail industry and all of the store shelving solutions that you need to showcase your products. The type of merchandise you sell will be a major factor in determining the proper shelvi... read more.

  • February 27, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Convenience Stores

If you are interested in opening your own convenience store, add another location or simply be more successful with your current store then please read on. From being as knowledgeable about the industry as possible to understanding your customers, we have 4 tips to help you on your way to success. Check out our handy infographic for some statistics you should know about when it comes to convenience store supplies and the industry as a whole. Get ready to have merchandise flying off your convenience store sh... read more.

  • February 20, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Design

Even small stores can learn from the big box retailers. They are successful for a reason, and being strategic when creating the store layout can help boost sales. Make a Good First Impression: Many smaller stores don’t focus on their window display shelving, but windows are a customer’s first impression. Window displays let shoppers know the kind of merchandise they can expect to find inside and provide a sense of the style of your store. Make a good first impression by filling your windows with... read more.

  • February 13, 2015