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

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in News

Everyone here at Handy Store Fixtures is excited to be attending the 2012 NACS show in Las Vegas, NV. We’ll be at the Las Vegas Convention Center from October 8th through the 10th. If you’re attending the convention, you can find us at booth 1345. We would love for you to stop by and say hello. We will be exhibiting innovative new solutions in convenience store fixtures. The trend in convenience stores has been moving more and more towards food preparation. Many convenience stores serve food at all hours... read more.

  • October 02, 2012

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

If you work for a large pharmacy chain, there is a good chance that you have fantasized about striking out and opening your own shop. You might have day dreamed about the charming neighborhood store you would run. You can probably picture it: a clean, quaint but modern pharmacy dedicated to serving the needs of your community. Make your dreams come true. The time to strike out on your own is now. There are many reasons why this is a great time to open your own store. Aging Baby Boomers Are Pushing Deman... read more.

  • September 26, 2012

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

Sometimes we design a store fixture for a particular function only to discover that our customers use it in entirely different ways. We often love this. Innovation helps keep store displays fresh and helps us discover new capabilities for our store fixtures. As the name suggests, bakery shelves were originally designed to store and display baked goods. These include breads, rolls, cupcakes, donuts, and other pastries. Many customers use bakery shelves in this manner. However, many of our industrious c... read more.

  • August 28, 2012

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

Maximizing your pet litter and bedding sales requires the proper shelving and display of pet substrates. This is not an easy task. Bags of litter are bulky and heavy. They do not lend themselves to effective displays. Laying them flat is an efficient use of space, but customers are not drawn to the brightly designed packaging and are unable to read the product descriptions. If your customers cannot read product descriptions, they will not understand the advantages of more expensive brands. Despite this,... read more.

  • August 14, 2012