Having a tidy and organised stockroom is crucial in order to maintain your business and keep customers happy.
No matter if your shop floor is spotless and beautiful, if it’s chaos behind the ‘staff only’ doors, then it won’t take long for the consequences to spread and have a knock on effect with your front of house operations.
For example, if a customer has requested that you check out the back for a product, the time spent finding what they want can mean the difference between a sale and no sale.
With a neat and tidy stockroom, you will be able to determine much quicker if an item is in stock, as opposed to having to wade through mess to try and find it!
What’s more, you will want to know with certainty exactly what merchandise needs ordering (and how much of it) – it doesn’t take much imagination to realise how hard this is if there is no system in place for storage.
To help arrange and optimise your supplies and the space they inhabit, the team here at Shopfitting Warehouse have put together our top tips.
Shelving & Racking Options
You want to be able to keep all of your merchandise safe and secure in order to be able to maximise your sales.
To do this, they need to be kept off the floor and stored in a manner that will keep them protected. Robust shelves are vital, particularly for heavy loads.
So when it comes to putting together your stockroom, what comes first?
Multipurpose Shelving & Warehouse racking
For all those large boxes of products, look no further than warehouse style racking. They are specially designed to withstand heavy weights, making them ideal for a plethora of items.
Depending on the unit you opt for, racking can handle weights of up to 450kgs as a uniformly distributed load (so be sure to spread articles out evenly!). With the Mecalux shelving taking weights up to 850 Kg UDL.
Available in various sizes to suit your needs, consider how you are going to separate products to determine the dimensions and quantity of units you will need. Choose from the 250 Kg, 320 Kg or 350 Kg black and orange multipurpose, boltless shelving, made from a solid steel frame and chipboard shelves. These come in a choice of widths and depths. For ease of storage choose a unit with black boxes included, ideal for neatly and securely storing a bulk amount of smaller items. This type of unit is also available in standard blue, or blue and orange which are perfect for loads up to 340 Kg.
- Separate items per shelf to make it easy to find what you need or use part bins to help organising the shelves.
- Position units so that you have easy access to locate and access your stock.
- Need to move around heavy articles? Use a sack trolley or platform truck to avoid strain and injury.
Slatwall is traditionally used within a showroom or shop floor area where customers are browsing, but we’ll let you in on a little secret – it’s also great for storage too. This is because it’s second to none for saving space when needed most.
Consider lining clear walls with Slatwall in order to display items for staff members who are looking to replenish the shop floor as quickly as possible when stock is low.
- Store co-ordinating pieces together on panels so that it is easy to quickly restock ranges.
- Slatwall is also great for storing tools – utilise this if you have equipment that is needed on a regular basis (it’s even pretty nifty for hanging keys).
Apparel is one of the easiest products to get damaged in a stockroom environment. Whether its dirt, dust or musty smells coming in contact with delicate fabrics, poorly stored clothes can end up completely unmarketable.
So how can you best look after clothes to improve sales?
Whilst standard shelf racking is great for boxed items, clothing needs a different storage solution to drop creases and avoid must developing. This is where garment racking will make a significant difference.
These units have rails running around the edge so that you can hang pieces at a 360 degree angle for easy access. See all the stock you have in front of you – perfect for knowing when you need to make an order.
- Do not arrange clothes by colour, as this can be difficult to find the exact piece you need. Try and arrange in accordance with your store layout, or separate by range if possible.
- Always remember to allow for extra space around the unit, as on average garments will protrude from the rails by around 300mm.
The beautiful and pristine fabrics of formal wear and delicate apparel are a great selling point for shoppers who are always keen to feel the textiles before purchase. Prevent any harm coming to these items by investing in covers.
Whether you just need shoulder covers, or full suit or dress designs, these will help to keep clothes fresh and protected. Many covers are also waterproof, thus preventing damp.
- Prioritise suits, smart shirts, dresses and other formal wear as these are often the most delicate materials.
- Choose a cover with a viewing window to easily identify pieces.
Moth and Insect Deterrents
Cedar rings, balls and hanging blocks leave clothes smelling wonderfully fresh, and will also keep away nasties which feast or live within fabric. This can make a big difference when the item hits the shop floor – have you ever bought an item that smells musty?
Cedar will also absorb any moisture or odours to leave a lasting fresh smell – place in large storage areas or in drawers.
Freshen up cedar by lightly sanding it with sandpaper.
It’s often the little, but vital items that go astray in a busy loading space. The size cubes, dividers, bags, hangers and miniscule stock types don’t stand a chance if they are not packed away in a sensible manner.
Restocking the shop floor will be much easier if these small essentials are kept organised.
Storage Bins and Containers
Plastic containers and boxes can be a godsend for most of these components. Made of durable clear plastic, they will keep things safe and easy to find. They are also stackable, making them ideal for storing from floor level upwards.
- Trade up your cardboard storage for reusable and easy to clean plastic designs.
- Store boxes against the walls to avoid accidents.
With this equipment and the above tips at your disposal, you can create and maintain the ideal stockroom environment.
Have any further questions? Call us now to discuss your requirements 0800 834 782