Many retail stores are suffering because of the mal-effects of the economic situation, past and present. One of the reasons why retail outlets are suffering is due to competition coming from online stores. Online stores can have a very appealing “shop-front” without having to house the products in a physical location, i.e. products are stored in a warehouse.
A retail store quite obviously needs to house the products that they sell, not only on shelving but also in a stock-room. In order to maximise the effectiveness of a physical store many owners of retail outlets compromise by having smaller stockrooms when compared to the actual shop floor.
This creates a spatial discontinuity, and whilst a shop floor can feel open and welcoming a stock room can feel much more constrained often having to bear a large number of stock whilst remaining within the confines of health and safety legislation.
In order to counteract these problems it’s very important to ensure your retail store is well equipped. It is very likely that you will receive deliveries on pallets, which can be very heavy and unwieldy, so simply having access to a pallet truck can radically improve the practicalities of the space.
If your stock room space is particularly challenging, perhaps a larger space, then you might consider lifting equipment, which allows workers to handle products much more safely and efficiently.