Whether you are planning to open a brand-new store and equip it from scratch or simply wishing to improve the layout within an existing outlet, choosing the type of retail shelving solution that will best suit your particular business is crucially important. That choice will influence the shopping experience of your customers and, in turn, the turnover of your business. To assist you in making that important choice, you may find the following suggestions helpful.
To begin with, you should determine your budget and stick to it as, unless you can afford the services of a professional shopfitter, price may well be a concern. Next, you will need to prioritise your requirements based on the area and nature of the space available to you. For example, will your priority be to create window displays that attract walk-in customers or the easily accessible aisles with the good visibility for display purposes and ample storage space provided by retail shelving? If you can afford both, that would be great but, if not, you would do well to prioritise the latter.
The choice will be dependent largely on the type of products you intend to sell, as some storage and display systems are best suited for lighter items such as stationery and small toys, while a hardware store may need something more substantial or specialised to accommodate heavy or awkward items such as bags of cement and power tools. Undoubtedly one of the most versatile options – and suitable for use in the majority of retail outlets – is the variety known as gondola shelving.
So named because of their resemblance to the hull of these iconic Italian vessels when viewed in profile, they offer several advantages over other storage options. Firstly, they are exceptionally versatile. Positioned back to back, they form the basis of the freestanding aisle layout popular in supermarkets and convenience stores, whilst providing store owners with the option to create end displays for promotional purposes. Alternatively, single units can be wall-mounted, thus helping to maximise the use of the available space.
Quick and easy to assemble, the shelves and fittings are all interchangeable and the option of fitting pegboard back panels is perfect for displaying items in packets, such as nuts and bolts or sweets. Overall, gondola shelving provides one of the most practical and versatile retail-storage and display options currently available and is recommended for use in bottle stores, cafés, pharmacies, supermarkets, and hardware stores, to name just a few.
Naturally, in order to enjoy this degree of versatility, you can expect to be charged a little extra. However, if your budget does not quite stretch to this type of product, you will be pleased to learn that there is also a more economical system that can still be very effective. Used extensively in warehouses, libraries, and offices for retail purposes, single-rivet-beam high-density shelving also offers you the benefit of easy installation, and thus spare you the added expense of hiring a professional fitter.
Fitted with either plywood, chipboard, or steel decking, the shelves can be adjusted by increments of 37,5 mm to accommodate goods of all sizes and require no tools other than a rubber mallet.