What Equipment Does Your Retail Store Need?

A store supply list

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Do you know which equipment your retail store needs? Starting a business or buying an existing business from someone is a very exciting situation to be in, but if you run out of the necessary supplies, you will face the consequences. If you're lucky, you might just experience a slight inconvenience from running out of a supply. But if you're unlucky and run out of the necessary equipment, it could spell disaster for your business.

The best way to keep your business running smoothly and to keep disaster at bay is by making sure you have the supplies you need before you run out of them. Of course, which supplies you need depends on what kind of retail store you have, but to give you a better idea of the sorts of equipment businesses need, view this list of store supply items commonly needed in each area of a brick and mortar retail establishment.

What Your Stock Room Needs

Most retail store stock rooms need basic equipment. This includes trash cans, trash bags, a pricing gun, a tagging gun and a labeler.

You'll also likely need sign supplies, box cutters, a tape gun, brooms, mops and other cleaning supplies, such as disinfectant. And don't forget the wet floor signs. Having a customer trip and fall on a wet floor is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Equipment for Your Break Room

The supplies a break room needs are pretty common sense.

Make sure you have a coffee pot, a refrigerator (it's up to you whether you have a full-size fridge or a mini fridge), storage lockers, trash cans and trash bags.

You'll also need a microwave, table and chairs, a television, kitchen cleaning supplies and labor posters that inform employees of their rights, codes of conduct and related issues.

Stocking the Office

In your office, you'll need a filing cabinet, a safe, computer, printer, shredder and possibly a fax machine (fax machines are increasingly becoming obsolete). The office should also include a telephone, voicemail system and basic office supplies such as pens, pencils, staplers, staples and paper clips. 

Equipping the Sales Floor

Here, you'll need cash registers, bags of various sizes, shopping carts and baskets, an open sign, security mirrors and a security system.

The sales floor also requires shelving, racks, POP displays, hangers, a TV and stereo system, and, finally, your inventory.

Wrapping Up

If you're not sure exactly what kind of equipment you'll need, or you simply want to make sure you have everything covered before your grand opening, contact an organization designed to help business owners. It could be your local Chamber of Commerce or your local branch of the Small Business Association. They might be able to direct you to veteran entrepreneurs who can put you on the right path.

 

If that doesn't interest you, consider hiring a consultant, if your budget allows for one. A consultant might be able to give you the tips you need on which supplies to stock. 

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