The Covid-19 pandemic has caused chaos in the world of brick-and-mortar commerce. Government guidelines have fluctuated since March 2020. Many stores have to close their doors for extended periods of time in a bid to slow the spread of the virus.
But right now, as vaccines are being rolled out around the world, many companies are deciding to reopen their doors. Many new businesses are also cropping up, replacing those who didn’t manage to withstand the pandemic and strict rules.
If you’re considering opening a new brick-and-mortar business, it’s a good idea to be aware of exactly what you’ll need to be able to open.
Here are our suggestions to get you started!
Signs make all the difference to a brick-and-mortar store. They not only provide your shop name, but can also give customers insight into what you sell through its font, logo and graphic design. Most modern day businesses opt for an illuminated sign. Sure, this costs more to make and costs more to run, but all in all, it’s worth it, as it allows people to see your store as they pass by at night too.
POS stands for “point of sale.” This is where your customers will pay for the products they purchase. As you can see, it’s a pivotal part of your business’ operations and your customers’ experience.
Now, there are a number of different options when it comes to choosing a POS, but the most common—and traditional—by far is a till point. You should have some sort of desk, a till with POS processing software for ringing up items, a cash drawer and a card reader. This will give your customers all of the payment methods they could possibly need.
Rails or Shelves
You’re going to need some sort of way to display your stock. The best option to suit your needs will depend entirely on what you’re selling. For clothes, rails tend to be most convenient. Shelves are often good for everything else.
You’re also going to need labels for your shelves or stock to ensure that customers can check the price on different items before taking them along to the till. This will help shoppers know the cost of things and only pick up items they’re genuinely interested in buying.
All stores should have some sort of security. Of course, you can hire security staff. But you’re also going to need to provide them with the tools they need to work well. This can include CCTV cameras, alarm systems, and more. Browse the different options available on the market and read reviews to determine which will best suit your needs while functioning effectively.
Of course, there are countless other investments you’ll have to make to get your business completely up and running. But the options outlined above should really help you to achieve your goal and start making sales!