The Source Skate and Snowboards in Calgary was opening an exciting new flagship store on 11th Ave, a prime retail location in the heart of the city. A primary focus for this store was to have the biggest in-stock selection of the hottest shoes, snowboard boots, bindings, and helmets for their customers. Dave, the owner, knew he had to have as large a retail floor as possible, which meant the most efficient use of space in the stock rooms was of the utmost importance.
A Calgary College was undergoing a major renovation and expansion project. A new bookstore was a vital part of the plan, and would serve as a learning resource to students and a revenue generator for the college. The store would not only carry texts books and supplies, but also college branded clothing, mugs, plush mascots, and more. To make the best use of the space long-term, they required as much flexibility as possible while still offering an attractive retail shelving display of merchandise.
An auction house in New York dealing in high priced, specialized items was out of space. Their growth was stifled, and the lack of space created an increased risk of damage to extremely valuable inventory. Storing their items incorrectly could lead to scratched or destroyed merchandise- or worse: injury to employees. The auction house considered their options: moving to a larger warehouse in Manhattan where square footage comes at a debilitating price, or making a protracted change to a foreign and unproven workflow process, sacrificing efficiency and profitability.
In retail, the goal is to sell- and to sell you must have inventory. To accommodate the inventory they needed, a furniture retailer required the most efficient use of space. A large mezzanine in the warehouse was one option; however, elevators would be too costly for second floor access. Employees would have to climb stairs. The risk of damaged inventory or employee injury was not an option. The use of distribution centres was another idea, but it would be too costly. Customers want their products instantly- a competitive edge that other furniture retailers could provide.
A shoe outlet needed more space for their inventory- but could not sacrifice an already limited retail floor. It was important to preserve the attractiveness of the store, and maximize product display. These criteria posed serious challenges to the small space- failing any one of these priorities would potentially damage sales and the business.
Home Hardware in Lethbridge, Alberta reached out to Foothills Systems when they began growing at a faster rate than their building could handle. With warehouse space limited at their prized location, demand was becoming challenging to keep up with. More space was required to continue to offer their customers what they had come to expect: inventory of everything they wanted at the location they had come to trust. Home Hardware knew it was time to act, to ensure their customers received the best experience possible.
When Husqvarna opened a new location in Calgary, they contacted Foothills Systems to supply shelving and racking to their warehouse. A Storage Expert from Foothills Systems met with the owner, Shawn, and asked questions about how the new location would operate. Shawn explained how they needed to control inventory and create a secure area for contractors and visitors to enter the building. Shawn needed some areas picked and loaded by forklift, others to store tiny nuts, bolts and other inventory, and they had a little of everything in between.
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A central Alberta auto dealership needed more space to devote to profitable areas of their business like service and shop bays; however expansion was a costly venture that would eat up inventory space that was already at capacity. The sheer volume of parts and inventory was tough to control and access, creating a concern for security, inventory damage, and employee safety.
Business at Rocky Mountain Equipment was good, and it was time to consider expanding their operation to meet their customer’s needs. Expansion would be very costly and it would take a long time for them to see a return on such a large investment. Equally worrisome was the prospect of encroaching on valuable yard space where inventory was being stored. Without additional space the growth of the business would be stifled, so a creative solution was imperative.