Factors to consider when undertaking retail shop fitting projects

Good shop fitting services are in high demand in the retail world, and with good reason. A professional retail shop fitting job is what turns visitors from browsers who are ‘just window shopping’ into paying customers. Every business, large or small, needs to consider undertaking a shop fitting project at least once every few years. Considering the following four factors will ensure that your project is completed with the utmost success.


  1. How big do you need the project to be?

Do you want to just touch up the existing design of your premises or do you want to completely overhaul your brand image? The former will be cheaper than the latter in the short term. However, totally redesigning your entire shop floor could make your business much more lucrative in the long run.


  1. How will your new design look 5 years into the future?

A shop fitting project should ideally be a way of ‘future proofing’ your business. That means that it is a long-term investment that helps to carry your shop comfortably through the next half a decade at least, ensuring that fluctuating trends and changes in customers’ behaviour do not affect your profits. To future proof your business successfully, it is essential to ensure that any shop fitting project you undertake provides you with a timeless style, rather than adhering to trends that are trendy now, but ultimately ephemeral.


  1. What is your budget?

Look at the project from several angles. You might want to decide what you want first and then work out how much it will cost later. Alternatively, you might prefer to sit down and establish a tight budget and then see how many good quality changes you can make using the money that you have. Make sure not to just go for the cheapest option. Spending most of your budget on a single, but professionally executed, alteration in your shop floor (for instance, replacing the lighting system) will have a much better and more durable effect than paying less for a shoddily performed overhaul of every aspect of your premises.


  1. What are your competitors doing?

With nearly 64% of shop fitting companies reporting a substantial increase in their sales over the past year, it is clear that more and more retailers are sensing a need for a redesign of their property. That means that your competitors may well be deploying the services of a shop fitting professional right now. Take some time to think about how your newly redesigned premises will fit in with your competitors’ – do you want something that matches your competitor’s store or something that is completely different? Get creative, and enjoy the experience.

Undertaking a shop fitting project can be such an exhilarating experience. Enjoy it, and do not be afraid to let your imagination flow as you brainstorm those ideas.

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