With over 400 stores in Australia, Repco requires a reliable ongoing supply of general point-of-sale products to fulfil their ‘new and refurbish’ program.
Always one step ahead
By anticipating and forecasting Repco’s needs, we are able to fulfil their requirements for fixtures such as shelving and retail displays. We also hold stock to ensure Repco always has a reliable supply of these products available.
The support we give Repco with forecasting and stock holdings has allowed our relationship to grow for over 10 years.
“Repco has been purchasing from SI Retail for over 12 years now and they have consistently provided us with quality point of sale products. We can always rely on SI Retail to have stock available with quick turnaround time to our stores.
Sometimes our store programs can leave us with very short notice to roll out a store. However, we can always count on the team at SI Retail to support us and ensure stock is sent out to stores as soon as possible. We will continue to work with the SI Retail team and we hope to continue to grow our relationship with them for many years to come.”
GPC Asia Pacific (Repco Brand)
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Fitting out one store or even a chain of stores across the country can be very complicated. It requires skills such as design, visual merchandising and logistic as well as knowledge in signage, fixture and display products. SI Retail will provide you with custom and generic shop fitting supplies of the best quality and at the lowest price but you might need a shop fitter's help to design the layout and install the fixtures.
Deciding on refitting your store is the easy, but implementing the project is by far the hardest part of the commitment.
The most important decision is choosing the right shopfitter. There is no tried and tested rule to this but initially the retailer should only consider shopftters or shop fitting companies who have a proven track record, ideally in fitting stores in the market the retailer trades in.
The recession hit the domestic house market very badly and many builders have decided that they are now shopfitters as well as house builders but it is unlikely that they will be able to provide the expertise that are required to plan a store and produce the fixtures to the standard that a busy retail environment requires.
Understanding your store and its customers
A shopfitter should be prepared to spend time with the retailer to understand their business and the particular issues that need to be considered when planning a layout. Customer flow is vital to a successful shop fit and category management, product placement and planograms are very important to ensure as many shoppers as possible are drawn to all areas of the store. Having the Newspapers and milk just inside the front door of a convenience store will eliminate the necessity for many time strapped shoppers to 'roam' the store and they will be in and out of the store having spent little more than $1.00.
Shelving heights (wall and gondola bays) also play an important part in this. Too high gondola shelving in a small store can create 'corridors' that blinker the shopper as well as providing an unpleasant shopping environment.
Category management signage on and above the fixtures is important to lead the shopper to the product they are looking for with promotions and special offers being placed on gondola ends to encourage shoppers to buy products they didn't come in for.
Lighting is vital. Many smaller retailers feel that adequate lighting is an unnecessary spends but this can make all the difference to being a successful retailer as the right lighting brings the store and products 'alive'.
The chosen shopfitter should be able to produce professional layouts and design schemes. Some might charge for these but many don't so make sure you establish the 'ground rules' at the beginning. You will also want to see a programme that shows what works will take place and when and how long it will take. Clearly, if it is a trading store, you will want to stay open during the refit so make sure you agree planned moves with the shopfitter to enable him to have the area he requires but also leaves you with the space required to continue to trade.
If it is a new store, make sure that you have a specific agreement of when the works will be completed to ensure that they do not drift on indefinitely.
Choosing fixtures and displays
When choosing the fixtures, it is important that the shopffiter is able to offer or produce a system that is flexible and can be easily added to. It is unlikely that the shelving mix will be right the first time so you will need to be able to access additional items fairly easily. There are many standard metal modular shelving systems available and a good shopfitter will be able to have these painted in a colour to match your scheme and manufacture specific extras to suit particular products you may sell or wish to sell.
Ensure that the shopfitters can also provide quality joinery items such as counters and cash (check out) points. Joinery shopfittings need to be able to take a significant amount of wear & tear and the process of producing them is a completely different process to that of domestic use joinery.
Additional items that should be considered and incorporated in the refit are, floor coverings, decoration, air conditioning, refrigeration, shopfronts, external signage, security shutters, security alarms, CCTV and EPOS equipment. Also, don't forget disability access and that the shopfitter understands the laws that ensure the store is disabled compliant.
As you can see, choosing a good shop fitter isn't easy, but, if you want a good job doing it is worth taking the time to make the choice properly.
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Top Tips For Choosing the Right Shopfitters For Your Retail Outlet By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Michael_K_John]Michael K John
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Whether you need to create freestanding aisles, end bays or wall displays, SI Retail's new Versa Gondolas are infinitely customisable and fit a wide range of accessories and hooks. They are perfect for supermarkets, convenience stores, hardware stores, auto shops or even pharmacies.
The Versa Gondolas are available double sided to create freestanding aisles as well as single sided for end bays or wall displays. They also come in different widths, lengths and heights to fit your available floor space.
You can assemble your gondolas according to your needs. You might select a pegboard wall at the top to display product on hooks and a set of shelves at the bottom to store bulkier items. These gondolas give you the ability to combine different products around a theme to encourage additional sales. You could for example, create a promotional Easter end bay display.
The Versa Gondolas are also available in heavy-duty with bigger, stronger uprights and legs perfect for hardware and auto stores to display heavy products.
SI Retail is a solutions provider so we are highly flexible - depending on the size of the order, we can customise colours or add features to suit your needs.
Key features of SI Retail Versa Gondolas:
- Perfect for supermarket, convenience stores, hardware stores, auto shops and pharmacies
- Infinitely customisable design
- Used as wall, freestanding or end bay displays
- Available single and double sided
- Available in standard and heavy duty
- Choice of pegboard, flat wall or slot wall
- Fit a wide range of slotwall and pegboard accessories and hooks.
- Available in grey but depending on the size of the order, we can customise the gondola to your needs
If you need your in-store displays to be well organised but still inviting to your customers, why not try our glass cubing display system?
Glass cubing display systems are an effective way of displaying your products in-store. They're stylish and modern, and can be used as window displays, wall displays or freestanding displays in the middle of your store.
Each cube is 400 mm wide by 400 mm high and each glass cubing kit includes the 5 mm thick glass panels and the alloy connectors. You can choose from our pre-designed kits or you can buy the cubes separately to create a configuration to suit your store.Â The glass panels look neat and smart while the satin chrome connectors (which tighten onto the glass sheets to hold the configuration in place) add to the professional appearance of the display.
SI Retail's glass cubing display systems allow your products to become more visible and also allow you to store multiple items, effectively acting as a display and a storage space in one. These displays look particularly effective when the products on display are arranged by colour or pattern, so linen stores and homeware stores would especially benefit from them.
If requested, SI Retail can also arrange bases and/or tops with lights. Check out www.sishop.com.au to view our configurations and to imagine the difference that these displays would make to your store! Alternatively, give us a call on 1800 211 122 to discuss your requirements with one of our friendly staff.