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By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Product Storage, Store Management

If you have warehouse space there is a good chance you could be using it better. To take advantage of this space you need to utilize it in the best possible way to get the most value and optimal efficiency. If after organizing you find yourself with much more space, you can fill your warehouse shelving with more product to move and sell even more merchandise. Here are a few ways to make the most of your warehouse space. Assess your stock. Is every duplicate product packaged with one another? Do you have sma... read more.

  • May 01, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

While there is a big focus on ecommerce and online shopping, brick and mortar stores are still very popular and frequently visited. Smallbiztrends.com reports that 93% of overall retail purchases made in the U.S. are still in actual stores. There is a lot of convenience when it comes to perusing the store shelves in person and being able to see, touch and try on the merchandise. Ordering online runs the risk of something not being the right size, the color appearing completely different online than in perso... read more.

  • April 24, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Pharmacy

As an independent pharmacy owner it can be difficult to make your pharmacy stand out from the bigger retailers. But the extra effort you put in is what will keep customers coming to your business, even if it is not as convenient as a pharmacy that is located on every corner. Here are a few tips for keeping customers coming back to your pharmacy, and becoming a beloved neighborhood establishment. Internal Tips Be Innovative: Set yourself apart from the rest by always coming up with new and better ideas for y... read more.

  • April 17, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Liquor Stores

With so much competition in the liquor market it can be tough to separate your store from other establishments. Big box retailers and popular grocery store chains likely offer many of the same products, and customers are able to pick up these items during their weekly shopping trips. As a liquor store owner, you will need to ensure your store stands out from the rest. Here are 5 tips to get you there. Killer displays. Fill your liquor store fixtures with the latest products, like a brand new flavor of vodka... read more.

  • April 10, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Retail

You have the desire, the drive and the ideas – but are you ready to start a business? Opening a business is a tough process, and staying afloat once you have is even harder. Before starting your business there are a few essential questions you must ask yourself, and be sure you have solid answers for all of them. First and foremost, WHY. Why do I want to start this business? Is it because you have a brand new product that no one else has and you see a real demand for? Is it just because you are tired of... read more.

  • April 03, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Retail

Spring is the perfect time to get into a new marketing groove. Spring cleaning, warm weather, spring holidays and sports – the opportunities are endless. Not only are the marketing topics ripe for the taking, but people are finally ready to leave their homes and visit the stores! Instead of just the quick, mandatory trips to the grocery store, people are ready to start leisurely shopping around again. So take advantage of this time of year to revamp your retail displays and boost your marketing effort... read more.

  • March 27, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

Setting up a store is a matter of personal taste, but should also take into account customer appeal. Your store fixtures should be easy to shop, well organized, and host an ample amount of products without overflowing. You never want your display shelves to be dusty, dirty or falling apart. Imagine you are the customer walking into your store, you would want the shelves to be well organized, easy to shop and make sense. You would also hope for enough space in-between aisles and shelving units to comfortably... read more.

  • March 19, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Retail

With such growth in online shopping it is more critical than ever that brick and mortar stores step up their game to keep customers coming back and to bring in new ones. Location, merchandise, your sales team and customer rapport are the 4 pillars of maintaining a steady stream of business and remaining profitable. Location: Focus on finding a location in a high traffic area. You could sell the most amazing products but if you are in the middle of nowhere chances are the customers will not be flocking to yo... read more.

  • March 13, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Business Management, Store Management

If you are opening up a new retail store or other small business this is probably an exciting and terrifying time. Of course you want to succeed, be profitable and stay afloat. These are struggles many small business owners face. So how do you not become one of the many failed small businesses out there? Make sure you have saved enough money before taking the plunge. Depending exclusively on loans, whether from family or the bank, can be dangerous. Work to save as much of the required investment money as po... read more.

  • March 06, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Shelving

Are you in the retail industry and in need of a store makeover? Or maybe you are opening a new store and don’t know where to start? Retail stores can be anything from large bulk supply warehouses to small, family owned shops. Handy Store Fixtures can help you along the way with expert knowledge in store planning in the retail industry and all of the store shelving solutions that you need to showcase your products. The type of merchandise you sell will be a major factor in determining the proper shelvi... read more.

  • February 27, 2015