Retail Store Organization and Storage

In this article we discuss some storage and organization in order to give some ideas about what to expect if you are a new business owner and starting a store for the first time.

There are two main portions of this topic that we will be covering; types of stock that will need to be stored, and some tips to do it more effectively.
Let’s dive right in and take a look at the various kinds of storage goods.

Types of Stock:

There are three types:

⦁ Impulsive items:this is the stock that goes on shelves around the counter or on ‘speed bumps’ as discussed in a previous blog. These will usually be smaller items that a shopper can buy without any research or planning. These are the things that appeal to the spontaneous side of every shopper.


  • Convenience goods:these are the goods that are most routinely bought. So if you are running a grocery store, these will be the eggs and milk and the like.


  • Luxury goods:these are the expensive items that will have a lot of planning and thinking behind them. These are more expensive and not necessary items, but ones to be used for leisure.


Let us now take a look at some of the ways these things can be stored and stocked for optimum space conservation and organization.

Tips for Storage:

Research storage units: Look up which type of storage units are appropriate for your stock. It might seem like a very obvious ‘tip’ but proper research into types of shelves available can make all the difference, and give you great ideas. You can base your whole storage plan on the storage options available to you.

⦁ Clear up regularly: If things go out of date or you are not supposed to be selling an item, get rid of them. Right from the beginning if you actively push against hoarding, you will be better able to manage the storage in the future.

⦁ Be aware of the vertical space available: Your best shot is to make the best use of the vertical space. That is most efficient way of conserving space.

⦁ Place popular/most used items near front: Make the most commonly used goods accessible to yourself. For example, the Convenience goods should be in the front because employees will be reaching for them most often. The luxury items can be in the back. It also prevents their being too exposed.

⦁ Be conscious of heavy and light items: Heavy items should be stored on the floor. This is because if they are on top of shelves there is the chance for a collapse. It is a hazard. On the other hand, light articles on the floor will mean clutter and tripping since they will most likely move a lot. Therefore, light articles should always be stored on the higher shelves.

⦁ Use labels and tags: Devise a system of tagging and labeling the items and shelves. Knowing that this shelf is reserved for such and such goods will make finding things much easier for employees over time as they learn what each shelf is for.

⦁ Plenty of light: Don’t let things get dark and murky down there. You want employees to be able to see clearly what everything is and to also spot any issues. Not knowing what conditions the shelves are in or if there is a termite infestation on the wooden shelves, can lead to disasters.

⦁ Take care of the thermostat: Setting the right temperature is important not just so the perishable goods don’t go off, but also to make it easier for the employees who are going to be working long hours in that room.
These were just some main tips for stockroom organization. If you take care of these things, you should be on the right track. Anything you learn from there on out can be accommodated and you can improve your storage tactics as you go.
In this article we discuss some storage and organization in order to give some ideas about what to expect if …

In this article we discuss some storage and organization in order to give some ideas about what to expect if …

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