Everything you need to set up an Effective Retail Space

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As a retailer, you want to create an appealing retail space that attracts maximum foot traffic, offers great ambiance for customers, and showcases the most profitable products. Additionally, your space should have features and tools that address security and accessibility, both of which are vital considerations for any commercial space.

Here is a comprehensive list of essential retail accessories to include in your retail space.

Point-of-sale accessories

Point-of-sale accessories include cash registers, bags, baskets and shopping carts, and signage.

  • Cash registers – Cash registers or self-scan check-out machines are used to generate accurate pay tallies and receipts. They allow the store to securely store cash and record transactions, and to provide receipts and other documentation for customers. Cash registers generally require thermal paper receipt rolls and ink rolls to operate.
  • Bar code scanners – Bar-code scanners are usually integrated into the point of sale.
  • Electronic-pay systems – Electronic pay systems such as EFTPOS terminals allow customers to make payments by credit or debit cards.
  • Bags – Stock your retail store with paper or plastic bags so you can present customers with an easy and convenient way to take their goods home. Use designs that complement your brand, or special bag designs for annual holidays or promotional periods. Make sure the bags are durable enough for your brand and products.
  • Baskets and carts -Provide customers with suitable baskets and carts for a better shopping experience. If you sell heavy or oversized goods, offer customers oversized trolleys. Stores that carry stock targeted at younger children could offer kiddie-sized baskets or carts to boost sales.
  • Counters -Use point-of-sale counters that blend in with the theme and décor of your retail space. Counters should be large enough for your cash register and electronic-pay systems. You may want to use a larger counter to stock items on the counter, such as items that shoppers are likely to purchase last minute. Counters come in a wide ranges of shapes and sizes, and it’s a good idea to find one that enhances the visual appeal your particular retail space.
  • Brochure holders -Display accessories such as brochure, magazine, or catalogue holders can be used at the point-of-sale to highlight special deals or offers to customers.
  • General accessories – Other point-of-sale accessories you may need include wrapping paper, tissue paper, scales, and printers.

Sales floor and display area

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The sales floor and display areas are where the bulk of the stock is to be displayed. Areas such as the window display, shelving and stock tables need plenty of lighting and organisation. These areas can also benefit from signage and posters.

  • Shelving – There are many different types of shelving available. Take some time to explore the types of shelving that will best promote your products and entice your customers. No matter whether you sell clothing, produce, computer accessories, stationery or something else, there’s a best type of shelving for your needs. The design of your store and your stock volumes are also important to consider when choosing shelving. For example, floating, MDF, or glass shelves set into the wall can help you save space and set off particular types of products. Other types of shelving include gondola, long span, outrigger, or boltless shelving.
  • Clothing racks -Clothing retailers use clothing racks and hangers to display their items. Choose from salesman racks, multiple-way racks, punch-post racks, and heavy duty racks. Use accessories such as size dividers and rack wheels to make it easy to display and alternate your items.
  • Showcase shelving – Use showcase cabinets to display valuable or special items. Choose from a variety of glass and wood cabinets.
  • Specialist display systems -Use specialist display systems to showcase different products. Grid mesh (and hooks), cube displays, crate boxes, slat panels, and counter and floor spinners are some of the different types of systems that can be used.
  • Signage - Ceiling hanging clips, shelf clips, slide-on poster hangers, suction cups, data strips, and hanging tags are some of the signage tools that can be used to alert customers to particular products or price specials, or provide important information. Open signs, sign holders and sign boards can be used to attract more customers into the store.

Security accessories

Security is a critical consideration for any retail space. These are some of the security tools that can be installed to minimise loss through theft and prevent other security issues.

  • Security mirrors – These can be used to deter theft by making hard-to-see areas more visible.
  • Security tags – Clothing security tags set off store alarms if items are taken out of the store before the tag is removed.
  • TV / Stereo system -A recorded monitoring and surveillance system can be used to detect theft.
  • Other accessories - Lock tags and inventory control clips can be used to prevent theft of valuable items or smaller items that can be easily taken. Crowd-control stands can be used to cordon off special areas that are off-limits to shoppers.

Tools for management and staff

Other useful tools for management and staff include price guns and tagging guns, as well as labels, needles and tags for these labelling guns. A useful tool for managers is fingerprint and RFID time recorders, which allows managers to monitor, record, and track employee clock-in and clock-out hours.