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By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

Our Handy Idea: A Small Business and Independent Retailer Resources Site Over 60 years ago, we opened our doors as a small business, and today we play an integral part in helping our customers launch their businesses. Business owners come to us every day to purchase store fixtures that help effectively display and move merchandise. We’ve learned a lot about small businesses and independent retailers in our 60 years, and so we’re pleased to announce we have begun a new website, http://www.handybusinessg... read more.

  • January 24, 2013

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

Small Business Development Q&A When Steven Di Orio, our marketing manager at Handy Store Fixtures, liked one of Wall Street Journal/WCBS Business Reporter Joe Connolly’s tweets, Mr. Connolly reached out to Mr. Di Orio to thank him. Mr. Connolly provides business reports for WCBS Newsradio 880. He is a former WCBS news anchor, former sports reporter and a former Press Secretary. He has also won many awards for his small business reporting, so we took the opportunity to pick his brain on small... read more.

  • January 14, 2013

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

Here’s Another Handy Idea: Steel Front Lips to Effectively Display Merchandise We’ve said it time and time again: consumers won’t buy a product they can’t see. New displays can help increase your sales by showing off your products in an effective and attractive way. Would you like to display more products by your checkout station, like boxes of candy or pastries? Steel Front Lips are your answer. Steel Front Lips                  ... read more.

  • January 07, 2013

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

When Super Storm Sandy struck the East Coast, thousands were left without power, businesses were closed and damages were worse than expected. Handy Store Fixtures a Newark, New Jersey-based company, is committed to helping all retailers recover from disaster. We've found some ways to make sure you and your small business can recover. Who Can Help? A great place to start, for both personal and business damages, is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Experts recommend registering with FEMA a... read more.

  • January 02, 2013

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Design

Here’s Another Handy Idea: Solve Storage Nightmares with Flush Top Shelves If you run any type of retail store, you know that display and storage space on the sales floor is always at a premium. You spend good time, effort, and money to get only the best products to sell to your customers. You don’t want any of them to molder away in a backroom when they could be out on the floor. As we’ve said before, customers will not buy any product that they can’t see. It’s that simple. The answer to this dilemma i... read more.

  • November 16, 2012

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

Praise for Handy’s Liquor Store Shelving Here at Handy Store Fixtures, there is nothing we love more than a satisfied customer. Seeing our shelving put to use in a beautiful retail environment is absolutely thrilling. That is why we were overjoyed to receive a message from Scarlett Ormond of Bypass Liquor in Harrison, Arkansas. She recently opened her store and turned to Handy to provide liquor store shelving. She was quite pleased. Why don’t we let Miss Ormond speak for herself? “Shelving was a big... read more.

  • October 26, 2012

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Videos

Handy Store Fixtures had a great NACS show this year in Las Vegas. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth and talked to us. If you were not able to attend, you can get an idea of our activity at the show in this video. If you did attend, look for yourself in the video!... read more.

  • October 19, 2012

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

Previously in this series, we covered reasons to open an independent pharmacy, selecting a location for the pharmacy, and setting up the new store. In this final entry, we discuss opening the store and attracting customers. Your store is now set up. Your floor plan is well thought out and conducive to customer service and security. You have well-devised store branding with creative and inviting colors and textures to help entice customers. You have the perfect custom pharmacy store fixtures. Your store i... read more.

  • October 17, 2012

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

In the first and second installment of this series, we discussed reasons to open an independent pharmacy and selecting a location for the pharmacy. In this article, we will look at preparing your new space. Congratulations. You have decided to open an independent pharmacy and have settled on a location. Now, you need to prepare your retail location for its new life as a pharmacy. Most landlords will provide what is often referred to as a “vanilla box.” Basically, you will have an empty space with a simpl... read more.

  • October 10, 2012

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

In our first installment in this series, we discussed why you should open an independent pharmacy. Today, we will focus on finding the ideal location for your new store. The most important aspect of any retail store, not just a pharmacy, is location. You can offer the best products and services in the world, but if customers can’t find the store, you will fail. There are a few things to keep in mind when you select your location. Research the Demographics Look into the demographics of the area wh... read more.

  • October 03, 2012