As a store owner, you may tend to give little thought to the racks and shelving you currently have. They may have been present when you assumed ownership of the store or you had them installed without giving much thought to the ones you chose.

However, the racks and shelves you have allow your products to be organized, your store to maintain an acceptable appearance, and customers to shop and retrieve what they need with ease.

Below are 4 factors to consider when you need racks and shelving for your store and ways being cognizant of them will benefit your business.

1. Type of items

When you have a store, you want your shelving to be able to store all of your items comfortably and have room for everything. You also want to make sure you have the right shelving for what you have. For example, heavy or bulkier items should sit atop of display shelving that are sturdy and able to accomodate them or else you could have collapses that would lead to large messes.

Before choosing a rack or shelf for your store you need to know all the types of item you intend to keep. Consider their number, size, and weight. That way, you can guarantee that the shelving you have will be able to hold items securely.

2. Accessibility

When you have customers, they want to be able to retrieve items from your shelving quickly and easily. Failing to have such a setup could result in frustration and lead to lost sales.

Customers should be able to get the items they need easily and the racks and shelving you have in your store greatly influences this ability. If you have displays along a wall, shelving should be considered because it can only be accessed from one side. In this setup, you can face the items to the front for easy display and retrieval. For displays in interior areas, racks should be used. This allows items to be seen from all directions and customers can access them from many different directions.

3. Environment

When considering the racks and shelving for your store, the environment must be taken into account. The main goal should be making your store secure so thefts are kept at a minimum but make your setup look welcoming nonetheless.

Where security is not a concern, you can choose to use either a rack or shelf to store your equipment because you want these items to be easily accessed. For areas where your equipment is at a great risk of being stolen, damaged, or accessed by customers not authorized to do so, you should consider using closed cabinets.

When storing components in a less secure environment, you should bolt them to the floor or use cabinets with lockable doors to reduce thefts. Apart from security you also need to look at the environment you want to install your equipment in terms of the aesthetic value. Your installation should not degrade the appearance of your store. Instead, it should make the place look more attractive.

4. Ventilation

Even though your products are kept indoors, they can still be exposed to moisture, dust, and heat. Some items may be able to withstand such elements, others may be ruined if they come into contact with them. As a result, you need to confirm that there is proper ventilation on your racks and shelves.

When keeping certain items, you need to make sure there is adequate air circulation. For example, when using a closed cabinet to house products such as electronics, you need proper air circulation for cooling purposes or fires may occur. If you must use closed cabinets for such equipment you may need to install fans or air conditioners in your cabinets to ensure adequate air flow.


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