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Investing in a Good Shopfitting

It is encouraged that establishing or moving retail outlets such as corner shops, department stores, supermarkets or the like go through the task of fitting the new space out. But because of the many variables and issues to consider for the outcome to be best suitable for the company’s requirements, often times a good shop fitting can be tedious. Fortunately, the result after going through the process can have several benefits for the business in various phases of the fitting.

Shop fitting is ideally done in the early stages of establishment or transition. It usually starts with reviewing the available space and measuring it to determine the best designs the targeted space can accommodate. By undergoing the process as early as possible, it can help foresee whether there will be any problems or issues with the intended space or with the proposed design. When these are pinpointed and adjustments are done promptly, the tasks of moving forward can be expected to go more smoothly and possibly more quickly.

Having a good shop fitting also gives the client the opportunity to have a good feel about the servicing company. They can easily answer important questions right away such as, are they knowledgeable about the shop’s requirements? Can they work around your tight budget and still come up with an impressive design? Can they quickly give you cost estimates based on past projects? Can they explain to you which trends can be best suitable for your shop? Even though questions can go on and on, a good shop fitting will more or less give you answers. It will show you how thorough is the understanding of your contractor with the practical needs of your shop.

The benefits of a good fitting will also have some effect the construction of your shop once it has commenced. Logic would tell us that when the business already knows what the end result would have to look like, it is easier to determine which materials are needed for the structure. The business can definitely avoid buying supplies and equipment that will not be used and will only go to waste. It can probably avoid buying materials in excess.  It can also discount services that are foreseen to be unnecessary. Thus, a good shop fitting can also lead the company to work within the budget the contractor has estimated for the entire project.

But of course, the best part of having a good shop fitting is that when everything is done and everything is completed, the business actually witnesses and gains from the outcome of the project—the new shop.

First off, it’ll give the company the confidence that the new shop will be fit for its purpose. Finally, the company will see how every nook and cranny of the space has some reason for being there. Before it is even functional for service, the good shop fitting has already determined how the different areas and facilities will help in generating services. No investment on the construction of the building will go to waste since everything has a purpose.

But not only will it be functional, but a good shop fitting at the beginning of the project will already ensure that the store’s services are well laid out in the shop. No major adjustments after construction will have to be done. The company will see that while each and every area has its own function, connecting those tasks together will enable the store to provide efficient services to its targeted customers.

Another advantage of a good shop fitting that the company will see after the store has been finished is how it will encourage the staff’s moods. Nowadays, it seems that the interior design of office spaces is thought to have some effect on the employees’ productivity. Their comfort and privacy, as well as their ability and flexibility to operate with other co-workers can be influenced by the lay-out of the office space. Because of the good shop fitting, barriers to productivity of the staff and ease of performing their tasks have already been accounted for and assured.

But not only does a shop’s layout affect the employees’ mood, but it will also in some way affect clients entering the store. The colors, arrangement of products, accessibility, etc. are factors that can encourage those entering the shop to purchase and feel satisfied. And satisfaction with the service that clients receive will most probably encourage returning customers and increase new customers as the word spreads out. As a result, profit increases. Some might think that connecting profit with a reliable shop fitting is already a long shot, but it isn’t necessarily so. A good shop fitting is part of good planning. And good planning of a business will always affect how business generates profit.

Finally, a good shop fitting will also ensure safety of the individuals within the shop in cases of emergency. This is a consideration that every company has to make. With shop fitting, it can already avoid crowding certain areas and putting obstacles that might hinder evacuation. It will foresee if certain areas are too small for equipment that pose danger to people, hence would have to be adjusted for the employees and clients to be able to move around. Once the new shop is up and running, the company can relax comfortably knowing that staff and customers are not at risk.

The list of advantages and benefits is long for companies who go through shop fitting. Although there might be additional costs going through the process, the business can still reap benefits long after the shop fitting is over. It makes the fitting more of an investment rather than simply an expense.

But it takes patience and a lot of hard work to find a good shop fitting for it to maximize the process. It has to be well-planned and executed properly. When done so, then most like money is saved, the shop becomes fully functional and efficient, productivity is encouraged, customers are attracted, profit is generated and people are safe. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a shop with such possibilities?

 

SOURCES:

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shop_fitting
  2. http://www.xtremeshopfitting.com.au/shopfitters-the-good-from-the-bad/
  3. http://www.trevorblake.co.uk/news/2014/benefits-of-using-a-one-stop-shop-office-fit-out-contractor
  4. https://www.creed-miles.co.uk/office-interior-design-services/office-fit-out/
  5. http://www.themillerbrowngroup.com/
  6. http://amicusinteriors.com.au/calculator-170
  7. http://www.associatedtraining.co.uk/articles/health-and-safety-workspace-and-working-area.php
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