By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

Visit Handy Store Fixtures at the Toy Fair 2013 If you’re attending the Toy Fair 2013 February 10-13 in New York, stop by booth 5872 and say hi to the Handy Store Fixtures team. The Toy Fair is a huge show, with over 100,000 products under one roof. Steve DiOrio, Marketing Manager, and Ron Mehr, Northeast District Sales Manager, will be showing off our variety store shelving. Variety store fixtures and shelving make your products visible and your store easy to shop. Toy retailers can use end frames... read more.

  • February 04, 2013

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

Four Steps to Updating Your Store Keeping your store looking brand new can be a challenge. There are financial limitations as well as the time it takes to make changes. We’ve found four simple ways to update your store that won’t break the bank or take hours. 1. View Your Store as a Customer The first step is to decide what kind of changes you would like to make, if you had unlimited budget and time. Take a walk through your store and view it as a customer. What is there that shouldn’t be? What is missin... read more.

  • January 31, 2013

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

Here’s Another Handy Idea: Wide Span Shelving for the Front End. Are you at a loss for how to effectively display bulky items like liquor bottles or pet food? Do you have a stock room that is a mess due to lack of proper shelving to store items? The creative concept of Wide Span Shelving may be the answer to your retail shelving problems. Wide Span Shelving is also a great solution for warehouses or stock rooms, as each shelf has the ability to hold over 2,000 pounds evenly distributed. With Wide Span... read more.

  • January 28, 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 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 is s... 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 wit... read more.

  • October 10, 2012