When to Use Heavy-Duty Shelving in a Retail Setting

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There are times in a retail environment when standard shelving units just aren’t strong enough, especially in busy stockrooms when you have large amounts of goods waiting to go out in the main store.

Even on the shop floor, there are some products that require heavy-duty shelving due to their weight or size. Here’s a bit of information about industrial storage solutions, when they’re most appropriate and why you may want to consider installing them in your retail outlet.

Size Matters

If you sell large goods, you’ll need to have plenty of space to display them appropriately. This may mean you require slightly deeper shelves than normal, which is where industrial units can come into their own.

They are designed to hold bulky goods, which means you can select a unit that has wider shelves, thereby ensuring all your products are safely on show in your store.

Remember that industrial shelving units won’t always be long as well as deep (and therefore too large for your outlet) – there are plenty of products on the market that are perfectly suited to smaller spaces.

Strength is Important

Of course, one of the most vital things to consider if you’re going to be displaying heavy goods is that the shelves they’re on will support them. While you can showcase certain items at ground level, this is not always practical, especially if you only have a small outlet with limited floor space.

There are industrial shelving units with up to a 340 kg load-bearing capacity, as long as the goods stored here are evenly distributed. This gives you plenty of scope to display larger, heavier items above ground level, where they can be more easily seen by customers entering and moving around your store.

Ideally, you want your top products to be positioned at around head height, which means shoppers are instantly drawn to them when they walk in through the door.

Consider the Setting

One issue can be that, because industrial shelves tend to be made of metal, they don’t always look as attractive as other, less robust, options. However, there are certain retail settings where this kind of product works particularly well.

DIY stores, garden centres and hardware shops need to think first and foremost about the safest and most sensible way of storing goods, rather than the aesthetic appeal. In actual fact, metal shelves often look more appropriate in this kind of store due to the nature of the products on sale.

If you’re concerned that metal shelving won’t work alongside the rest of your offerings, that doesn’t mean you should dismiss using it. Look into ways of dressing the shelves to make them fit in with the rest of your store’s decor.

Draping material over the shelves or sticking decorations on the upright stands and edges of the shelves are just two simple ways in which you can make this kind of unit more attractive to look at.

Think About Cost

You can purchase industrial shelving for a retail environment for a very reasonable cost. This kind of storage does not need to cost any more than a standard unit and, in fact, could even work out cheaper.

A further advantage to industrial units is that they are typically modular, which means you can easily purchase add-on units if you grow your business and move to a larger outlet where you have more room for displays.

These building tips were written on behalf of BigDug who specialize in a range of storage solutions including industrial shelving units with up to a 340 kg load-bearing capacity.

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