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By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Design

You’ve no doubt heard that the key to a successful business is location, location, location. Of course having a convenient location makes getting steady traffic to your store easy, but once that is achieved, only a proper store layout will make it profitable. For example, which would you rather have: (1) A steady flow of customers coming in and getting what they need, or (2) a steady flow of customers who not only get what they need but are encouraged by tie-in and impulse items? Certainly it’s the a... read more.

  • December 13, 2011

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

What good is a small store fixture that is surrounded by huge floor space? If you are looking for an easy way to increase profits, the first thing to do is really look at your store and make sure that you are making store fixtures work effectively for you to maximize profits  in all your available retail space, without cramming, of course. You can purchase gondola retail shelving that is the perfect size and color you need, with short lead times, so that you can start increasing profits right away. ... read more.

  • November 30, 2011

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

End caps, placed at the end of gondola shelving fixtures, are prime real estate and should be used to promote new products and services, to sell higher-profit impulse items, or even to tempt the customer to move further down the aisle. Thus, here are some DOs and DON’Ts for using those end caps: DO keep your end caps fully stocked and neat with labels facing front. You know your end cap display is doing its job when you have to refill. DO change your end caps frequently. Even hot sellers get cold eventu... read more.

  • November 23, 2011

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

A while ago, we read an interesting article giving examples how merchandising plays a huge part in private label brand growth, especially in these economic times. Yet, the takeaways on the subject of placement, and using custom or colored store fixtures in this article work whether you have a private store label or not. The July 2011 article in Retail News Update was in favor of decisive and deliberate product placement rather than cluttering.  Of course, this is because you want the shopper to find what... read more.

  • November 18, 2011

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

Someone once said, “Always be on your toes, because first impressions are the most important”.  Far be it for me to not agree with such a common idea. In your store, last impressions will be of equal importance. The quality of your checkout system is the last impression that you will leave your customers.   There should be some decisions that go into designing and maintaining a checkout system.   All too often the final step is over looked and goodwill along with future profits is lost. Reviewing the... read more.

  • November 16, 2011

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Design

Store owners who want to make their store really stand out from the competition should consider the impression their steel shelving makes. Is it reinforcing the colors of your signage and other POP marketing or brand styles? If not, Handy Store Fixtures custom colored steel shelving can make the difference. Besides the visual appeal of shelving that matches your color scheme, all custom colors from Handy Store Fixtures use a powder coated finish. This coating is very durable and can last 12 to 25 years! ... read more.

  • November 14, 2011

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

People have asked us: Why is Handy-brand store fixtures so well-known and what makes you different from the competition? Well, Handy Store Fixtures is so well known because we are the standard of the industry and have been since the 1950s! Besides experience, however, our store fixtures and shelving products offer: Fewer parts Ease in assembling An aesthetic that is pleasing to both owners and shoppers Quality engineering that will hold the merchandise you place on it All of these features make it... read more.

  • September 28, 2011

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in News

Mark your calendars to come and visit us! Handy Store Fixtures will have an exhibit at the NACS Show: October 2 to October 4 McCormick Place in Chicago, IL We’ll be in Booth 1205 Come see what we have in store for you! The Handy Store Fixtures team attending the 2011 NACS Show include: Steven Di Orio, Marketing Manager, Richard Kurland President and Joe O'Brien, Vice President of Sales, who are shown in order in the picture below. What is the NACS? NACS stands for the National Associa... read more.

  • September 21, 2011

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Videos

Are you really looking for steel shelving and other store fixtures for a new store or business that you are opening? Are you looking to upgrade the fixtures in your current operation? If so, you've come to the right place. For over 50 years, Handy Store Fixtures' expert staff has transformed retail space into a pleasurable shopping environment. Our complete line of over 2,000 standard items include gondolas (and a complete line of accessories to go with them), wall and end units, standard and heavy duty sto... read more.

  • September 09, 2011

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

Are you just starting a retail store and considering purchasing used shelving rather than new because of the expense? Before you make a final decision, consider this: Failure to buy shelving that is best suited for your store may ultimately be a contributing factor to lost sales and lost profits. The ability to get tie-in, step-up, and impulse sales requires the right mix of shelving. For example, getting the perfect store fixture height and store shelving size that makes the best use of space allows you... read more.

  • August 23, 2011