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Commercial Shelving

Retail shelving solutions for businesses

Commercial shelving can offer many retail storage solutions for your business. Most retail display shelving is carefully designed to show off items to their best advantage while providing necessary storage space.

Types of Commercial Shelving

Commercial display shelving is available for almost any item, from cakes to magazines to pencils. For most companies, a variety of shelving is required. Most retail shelving units are modular, allowing individual pieces to be placed together in a variety of configurations to meet the retailer's specific needs.

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If shoplifting is a concern, enclosed display shelving prevents customers from removing items themselves. Typically, these display cases are equipped with a locked door to which only employees (or perhaps only managers) have the key. Jewelry stores tend to use this type of shelving exclusively, but other establishments reserve such units for items that are expensive or commonly stolen, allowing their customers to examine other items without asking an employee for assistance.

Commercial shelving is also constructed to house items in storage. Although these shelves are less refined than retail shelving, they are often larger and sturdier as well. They are designed to hold crates and boxes rather than display individual items. They may also be significantly taller than retail shelving: access to items is often not as important as storage space.

Selecting Commercial Shelving

Retail display shelving should strike a balance between storage, display and security. In general, most display shelving units house multiple identical items, so only the first item is fully seen. This allows for the shelves to appear full even in the absence of a lot of merchandise. This approach also allows for modest storage on the shelves without the area appearing crowded.

The easiest way to pick retail shelving for your business is to look at the shelving that similar stores use. When examining shelving, note the appearance of the items and how well they are displayed, as well as the style of the shelving unit itself.

Although buying a brightly colored unit may be tempting, most stores buy neutral colors, relying on other interior elements to update the appearance of their space.

Written by Amy Whittle