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How to optimise space in your store

Whether an informal trader, boutique store owner or founder of a pop-up; those in the retail industry know all too well how important space is and how frustrating it can be when you run out of it. Whether it is trying to find space to safely store stock, display your products, or if you are trying to have an uncluttered shop floor, space is key to successfully running a business. 

Space also doesn’t come cheap, which can make balancing your budget and the operational needs of your retail business tricky.

There is hope though! Here we share a few tips to help you make the very most out of your space.

Practical storage

As a business that invites people to browse, the first thing you need to do is reassess your current layout - both on the floor and the stockroom. Storage solutions have evolved over time and storage systems have become a lot more specialised to best suit various requirements. Avoid restricting yourself to fixed shelving and consider alternatives such as mobile shelf options.

Think vertically

Sometimes the only way is up! Businesses often fail to notice the opportunity of going vertical, but make sure you don’t go too high as you’ll limit the accessibility of your items. Be clever with how you use vertical space, especially in the stockroom. There are plenty of shelving options that are suited to this.

Remove old inventory

Old and unwanted stock not only takes up a lot of space, but also wastes money by gathering dust. One way to get rid of old stock is to sell it at discounted rates, allowing you to make some revenue while decluttering. You could always simply donate useful items to a charity as well.

Invest in self storage 

Does your business have valuable items that you need to keep but don’t have the capacity to hold on site? Self storage as an extension of your store is a great option as an offsite storage facility. At Stor-Age, we offer a variety of different size units to best suit your business storage needs. Our facilities are conveniently located and some are even accessible 24/7, so you can access your inventory whenever you want.

Our units offer a cost-effective alternative to expensive warehousing or renting a larger retail space. With optimum security, all units are safe and secure meaning that you don’t need to worry about losing money due to theft. Self storage for business is fast becoming a popular solution for holding stock. We want to make it even easier for you which is why we offer our business basket special which includes perks such as 10% off of your rental.

Label strategically

Improve your sales operation by strategically labelling your stock. Your staff won’t need to spend hours trying to locate items and you’ll have a far more efficient retail business. This includes labelling all sides of boxes so you won’t need to adjust unpack the stock to find out what’s inside.

These are just a few tips to help you optimise the space in your store. If self storage is the solution you’ve been looking for, call us on 0861 18 18 18 to find out more about how we can meet your needs. Alternatively, you can get an easy storage quote in under 60 seconds

Posted by Stor-Age Self Storage - 11 March 2019 | SME|Tips And Hints