By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Liquor Stores, Store Fixtures

Despite what you might assume, liquor stores don’t make profits just by virtue of carrying liquor. True, people like liquor, and it can be sold at a high margin. It’s also true people tend to spend on it even in downturns because a.) Some people really like liquor (please drink responsibly) and b.) Regardless of the economy, couples still get married, young adults graduate from college, and (adult) partiers will always be ready to party. That said, a store’s shelving can separate the more... read more.

  • June 06, 2016

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Convenience Stores, Store Design

Remember, a convenience store shelving layout should be convenient. Everyday products require everyday design efficiency. Otherwise, you have problems. Not having a lot of space means you can’t skimp on shelf quality. You’ve got gondola shelving for displaying candy, salty snacks and bathroom products. You’ve got the counters for fast-food items: The on-demand coffee, tea, soda, hot dogs or pastries. And you’ve got the checkout counter featuring all the impulse purchases for easy gra... read more.

  • May 31, 2016

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

Finding the right store fixtures and display shelves isn’t an easy task. First, you need to find a size and shape that works. Then, you need to consider the material and color so that it goes with the look and feel of your store. Before you know it, you’re no longer trying to find a fixture that works for your store. Instead, you settle on a store fixture that will get the job done and you’re thinking of ways to revamp your store to fit the fixture that you purchased. Luckily, there’... read more.

  • May 16, 2016

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Gondola Shelves

Have you had trouble finding retail shelves that work for your specific products? Some display shelves might be too small or large for your products. Other shelving units may not fit the floor plan you had in mind for your store. But with our retail shelves that are made to fit your individual needs, you can create the floor displays you want for your business. Here are 12 retail shelves you may not have realized: Beer Cave Shelving: This shelving unit is perfect for holding heavy cases of beer, and come in... read more.

  • May 13, 2016

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Fixtures

When starting your own business, it’s important to stick to a budget and make sure you don’t bite off more than you can chew financially. This is why it may be difficult to see the value in purchasing new store fixtures. After all, you don’t need new shelving units and counters for your convenience store, right? You just need shelves and counters that are functional and get the job done. That’s where many store owners go wrong. While new fixtures can be a large investment at first, i... read more.

  • May 12, 2016

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Convenience Stores, Store Fixtures

There is a strategy to increasing the sales of coffee and breakfast items in your convenience stores. But when starting up your own business, where you position your coffee and pastries may not be at the top of your priority list. However, how you organize and market your food and beverages can have a major impact on your sales. “The lay out should be strategically drawing people further into the store so that they walk past more impulse items like cakes/snacks,” says David Mendez, Vice Presiden... read more.

  • May 11, 2016

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Gondola Shelving Accessories

There are no catch-all answers to this question, and different store owners, industries and situations will call for different approaches. But we have some general ideas of when is a good time to replace shelving. Take, for example, when overhauling your store: If you are ready and willing to renovate, and you're trying to make everything look fresh and improved (or just different) from your old store, then new gondola shelving can go a long way toward sending that vibe. Colors, light and cleanliness go a l... read more.

  • May 06, 2016

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

If you own a retail store, you have likely come across the term “Point of Sale System.” Wikipedia describes it as: “A retail point of sale system typically includes a cash register (which in recent times comprises a computer, monitor, cash drawer, receipt printer, customer display and a barcode scanner) and the majority of retail POS systems also include a debit/credit card reader.” According to’s small business encyclopedia, “POS software records each sa... read more.

  • April 12, 2016

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Store Management

You’re locking up your expensive merchandise, protecting your store from theft. But of course, you also want things to look good and appealing to customers. When considering store security cases, the first thing you want to think about is the balance between functionality and presentation. If you’re locking up high-end items, presentation is still important. How does the security case fit in with the aesthetics and atmosphere of your store? The next thing you want to think about is utility. How... read more.

  • April 05, 2016

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Gondola Shelves

It’s all about the flow. Just as the real estate market is famously about “location, location, location,” the ideal store layout is all about where you want your customer to go … and what you want them to see. Think about what’s at eye level vs. what needs extra work to notice. You want your most profitable or in-demand items to be at eye level. Store-wide shelf layout on a broad level, too, can play a role. When you put the hottest items far away from the entrance, you increa... read more.

  • March 22, 2016