If you’re in the market for a shopfitting company, there are many things to consider as you interview the prospective designers. Of course, you’ll want to know something about the staff, including their individual specialties and what each of them can bring to the project you’re about to launch.
It’s a good idea to also ask for photographs of completed shopfitting plans or to visit previous clients in person to see the work the company has performed. Potential customers should also be sure that the shop fitter has worked with retail establishments like theirs or is willing to take the time to learn about their type of business.
Clients will also find it is to their advantage to hire a shopfitter that has in-house manufacturing capabilities. Some shopfitters boast onsite facilities that allow them to make their own display cases, shelves, and other items they suggest for clients’ shopfitting needs.
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Some custom POS display companies operate their own joineries, putting together unique wooden displays for clients. Other shopfitters may also have an in-house metal factory where they craft more creative parts for their shop fitting plans.
There are a number of reasons to hire a shopfitter that can provide in-house manufacturing. The first and most obvious is all about control. When work is being done onsite, the designer has more control of the finished product. He/she can periodically check on the products, make changes or adjustments where necessary, or even scrap the entire project if he believes it’s just not working.
When displays and other items are ordered from another manufacturer, that extra bit of control disappears.
The other obvious advantage is cost. Anytime work can be done onsite, the price goes down. In-house manufacturing means you can eliminate the so-called “middle man”, cutting at least one layer out of the cost of the project. When you’re undertaking a large project – whether you’re fitting a new shop or rejuvenating an old one – staying on budget is always important and any savings are appreciated.
Remember, however, that shop fitters may not be able to manufacture everything on their premises. If that’s the case, be sure to ask questions about the jobs that will be sent elsewhere and ask for samples of the work done at those remote locations. A confident, honest shop fitter should have no problem providing you with examples of the work they hire others to complete.
Finally, as you discuss your layout and the building of displays, remember to get all details in writing, including delivery dates and pricing. A reputable shopfitter is willing to – and should – put everything down on paper where you can carefully review costs and other details. A complete contract offers a guarantee that things will be done on time and to your liking.