Setting up a shop can be a very exciting yet daunting prospect, especially if you’re new to this kind of business. If you’ve decided that you want to sell your products using bricks and mortar, rather than online, then you’ll know that you have certain considerations to take into account.
To make sure that you get off to a good start, you will need to ensure that you have sourced all of the equipment that you will need.
It goes without saying that every shop needs a stock room. This room will not only contain your stock that isn’t on the shop floor, but also supplies such as labelers, tagging guns and cleaning supplies.
Set up a break room
Don’t forget about the importance of having a room or space for employees to use when they need to grab a coffee or store their belongings. It will ideally have a fridge, kettle (for tea and coffee making) and perhaps even a microwave for those who might want a hot meal when at work.
People need signs and are instinctively looking out for. Along with your outdoor sign, you should also consider having some inside the shop to help guide your customers to different items and where they can find the fitting rooms. Make it as easy as you can for your customers.
Sort out your lighting
Showcasing your stock is what your shop is all about, so you need to make sure that the shop floor will be lit up suitably for your customers. Invest in some lights like these Lepro 4 foot LED shop lights and you won’t have to worry about people not being able to see your merchandise properly.
Mannequins to show off clothing
Not only do they show off outfits better than when hanging on a rail but they’re also useful for setting up attractive window displays, to entice your customers to pop in and have a better look.
Shelves and racks
How you display the clothing depends on how the shop is styled and what kind of items you are selling. You’ll want displays that are fixed and also ones that can be moved around as necessary
There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find a mirror when you are in a clothing store. Make sure that there are enough dotted around the shop for people to share, without them always having to use the fitting rooms.
It goes without saying that you will need to provide a space on your shop floor for people to try on the stock, even if you don’t have a physical room for this. There are ways that you can partition a part of the shop by using room dividers and curtains – not forgetting mirrors too.
Point of Sale
A crucial part of your new business will be how you take your payments. You’ll need a cash register or somewhere secure to keep money from cash transactions and you’ll need to decide on what system you will use to take card payments, depending on what charges you are willing to take on for that service.