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Shelving Options for Your Retail Store

A good way of enticing customers to buy at your retail store is through good visual merchandising. When your products are neatly arranged, they’ll look more attractive on your displays and shelves. Doing this helps you keep existing customers and attract new ones. So when choosing your store shelving, select the ones which best fit the products you wish to display, as well being durable and cost-effective.

End Bay Shelving

Also called promo end bays, end bay shelving are similar to wall shelving. This type of shelving usually sits at right angles at the end of a gondola shelving run. Their main difference from wall shelving is that they have a back panel the keeps the items on the gondola shelves from falling. These are best for stores that conduct ongoing sale offers to entice customers to buy more. Most supermarkets use this type of shelving combined with gondola shelving on their store aisles. End bay shelves can be set up in a wide range of configurations, with upper shelves, pegboard or slatwall back panels.

Long Span Shelving

A more heavy-duty option, long span shelving systems can provide very durable, easily customisable and cost-efficient shelving. This can be configured to store and display almost any size and type of merchandise, but works especially well in neatly displaying medium to large-sized items in bulk quantities. Warehouse clubs favour this type of shelving to organise and display much of their stock. Longspan shelving or racking is very strong, requires little modification to handle most merchandise, and can efficiently maximise your retail floor space, as it is stackable.

Wall or Floating Shelving

As one of the most common types of shelving, wall or floating store shelves can mostly be found in book stores. These can be made of wood, glass and steel. Wall shelving can provide adequate display space for most items. As the foundation of this type of shelving is the wall itself, these shelves are highly stable and durable. Wall or floating shelving is a good way to maximise space for smaller stores.

Pegboard Shelving

Pegboard shelving are comprised of a base shelf and sturdy, perforated panels. For displaying items, you would need to place pegboard hooks for hanging the items. Pegboard shelves allow for more creative store displays. You can also attach small bins, wire racks, wire holders or customised shelves to show off items. This type of shelving is commonly used for hardware stores but can also be used for displaying shoes and apparel.

Free Standing Shelves

This type of shelving can come in a variety of colours and designs. One of the best features of free standing shelves is that they can easily be moved around to maximise and reconfigure your store space. These shelves can be made of stainless steel, plastic or wood, with steel the most durable option.

These are some of the most common, cost-efficient and durable shelving types you can use to display store merchandise. You can choose one type or mix and match them to suit your needs. The discerning retailer will pick the shelving that offers the best combination of durability, versatility and affordability.

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