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 Demand As... 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

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

Sometimes your retail space can limit the amount of product you can carry and display. Maybe your business is outgrowing your current space, but you are not yet ready to move. You restock your shelves as fast as product moves to make sure they are full, but you would really like to add more space for more effective storage and displays. You are already utilizing every square inch of floor space as efficiently as possible. There is no way you can squeeze in one more gondola, counter, or any other store fixtu... read more.

  • July 31, 2012

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

A window display makes the first impression for your retail store and you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Window displays can be as effective as a billboard or other advertising, and have the advantage of being essentially free. So, why do so many retailers seem to put so little thought into them? Your window displays should be clean, uncluttered, and, most importantly, eye-catching. They give your customers a good idea of the products you have featured in your store. Remember to lo... read more.

  • July 18, 2012

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Design

If you walk through any successful retail store, you may notice how carefully the colors and store design have been chosen to work together as a unified whole. The store has been “branded” so that shoppers are always aware of which store they are currently in. This branding can be seen prominently in larger national chains, but it is something all retailers, even stores with only a single location, need to do. The design, colors, layout, and shelving chosen for your store need to be carefully planned. It... read more.

  • July 11, 2012

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Design

If you’re a pet store owner, you know how difficult it can be to display all of your pet medicine. You want your customers to see that you carry a full line of medicine such as Frontline and K9 Advantix, but the product is too expensive and small to display on shelves normally. You can keep the medicine behind the counter, but this has its limitations. Customers may have a hard time seeing the merchandise. If they cannot see it, they are not likely to buy it. Also, your checkout counters may not be conduciv... read more.

  • July 02, 2012

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in News

Handy Store Fixtures has been in business for more than 50 years. In that time, we have made a commitment to providing our clients with high-quality products and services to help their retail businesses grow and prosper. We are truly privileged to be here today as a successful business and that is why we love to give back whenever possible. With that in mind, our President, Richard Kurland, and Marketing Manager, Steven Di Orio, took part in a golf outing May 9, 2012 in Philipsburg, NJ to benefit the Boy... read more.

  • June 01, 2012

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

If you’re a retailer, loss prevention needs to be a high priority for your store. Any product that finds its way off the shelf through any means other than a sale is equivalent to money lost that you will never be able to recover. Loss prevention needs to be a consideration in all facets of the store, even elements that are apparently unrelated such as store layout and design. The goal of loss prevention is to minimize pilfering. Pilfering can refer to all missing goods. There are several sources of pilf... read more.

  • May 16, 2012

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

Deciding what new products to bring into a store is one of the most vital decisions facing any retailer. The products you bring in say a lot about the type of store you are, the type of store you want to be and the type of customer you want to draw. Most importantly, it is essential that you find the right mix of products to help maximize your profits. First, you want to ensure that your products are in keeping with the industry your store is in and the image it hopes to portray. If you’re business is es... read more.

  • May 08, 2012