Any experienced retailer will tell you that when it comes to shop fittings, first impressions are of paramount importance within a customer facing retail environment. To create the right impression and to attract your customers, you need to establish a setting that best portrays your business. Fortunately, an amazing range of quality shop fittings are available in all sizes, eye-catching colours and finishes and can be customised to suit your individual requirements.
There are many ways to get creative when it comes to shop display. One solution is to use "Slatwall" panels, which are versatile shelving systems typically made from quality MDF. These are an excellent way to free up floor space while at the same time maximising exposure of an item or range of products. You can easily attach shelving accessories to the panels, such as hooks or leaflet dispensers. Shop display cabinets, cases and shelving are another popular items. Toughened glass comes as standard and additional features include lighting, locks and an option of various finishes. Shop display cases offer the perfect solution for displaying expensive or delicate items and a selection of finishes ensures that they will blend in with your fittings. Illuminated corner units are a particularly good alternative to a standard square unit, allowing you to utilise precious space to its maximum. Shop shelving either comes as standard "off the peg" or can be purchased bespoke, to perfectly suit your requirements. A wide choice of materials, including coloured plastics, clear Perspex, glass, MDF and many different types of wood finishes are available.
An important part of any shop fittings is the counter. It needs to be both practical and visually pleasing. Your shop counter must be large enough to meet all your requirements which will include at a minimum a cash register or scanner and somewhere for the customer to place the goods they wish to purchase. An area large enough to gift wrap goods may also be required, along with space to keep order books and possibly a computer terminal for data entry. The counter may well be the largest of your shop fittings, so is likely to be very prominent and it is, therefore, vital that it does the rest of the premises justice. You want your counter to portray the image of your shop and so it should look smart and efficient.
If your furniture and flooring are wooden, for example, you may want to choose a traditional wooden counter to complement the rest of the shop fittings. Glass showcase counters, with additional lighting, are very popular and attract a customer's eye. Such showcases are often seen in jewellery or gift shops, where small items are displayed and this is, of course, preferable from a security point of view, especially as lockable cases are available. If, on the other hand, your premises has an ultra modern, cutting edge feel to it, you might decide to choose a streamlined laminate counter. A checkout counter with a recessed basket well, till section and separate serving area is a practical option for many retailers, especially where it is likely that more than one item is likely to be purchased, such as is the case in a convenience store.