5 Reasons Your Pharmacy Needs a Document Management Solution

Posted by Robert Walthall on Tue, Apr, 16, 2019 @ 10:27 AM

Not once in our many years of business has the Shelving Design Systems team met a pharmacist who wished they had more paperwork to deal with. If the reams of records, documents, receipts, invoices, and other files a pharmacy needs to handle and retain threaten to swamp you in paper, it’s time to find an alternative. Namely, it’s time to explore an electronic document management solution.

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Topics: pharmacy workflow, pharmacy management, Retail Pharmacy

The Internet of Things and Pharmacy Design

Posted by Robert Walthall on Thu, Mar, 28, 2019 @ 09:33 AM

For a segment that didn’t exist a decade ago, the Internet of Things (IoT) is assuming outsized importance across several industries. The IoT is already causing seismic changes in pharmaceutical manufacturing, but because of a combination of regulatory and market forces, retail pharmacies are on the front lines of this shift, and are actually outpacing the manufacturing side of the industry. Shelving Design Systems is seeing a major impact among our pharmacy shelving clients in recent years, so this week we’re taking a closer look at why, and what it means for you.

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Topics: pharmacy shelving, pharmacy workflow

5 Key Trends in Pharmacy Design for 2019

Posted by Robert Walthall on Mon, Mar, 25, 2019 @ 09:56 AM

The pharmacy design services offered by Shelving Design Systems are a bit art, a bit science, and just a dash of Nostradamus. We find ourselves learning from past designs, true, but we also spend a lot of time looking ahead to the kinds of trends shaping pharmacy design. After all, nobody wants a design that will be dated no sooner than the last shelf is installed or the last screw turned. So what, and for whom, will we be designing in 2019?

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Topics: retail display solutions, pharmacy fixtures, pharmacy design layout

5 Most Common Pain Points for Pharmacies

Posted by Robert Walthall on Fri, Mar, 22, 2019 @ 09:11 AM

Through our many years helping pharmacies in the Southeast with their shelving needs, we’ve learned two things at Shelving Design Systems: first, that pharmacies have many of the same pain points in common, and second, that even though pharmacy solutions to many of those issues can feel frustratingly out of reach, there are some small but significant steps we can take to wrest back some control.

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Topics: pharmacy design layout, pharmacy display

5 Ways Retail Pharmacies Can Increase Their Revenue

Posted by Robert Walthall on Tue, Mar, 19, 2019 @ 10:14 AM

Pharmacy may be a calling, and a noble one at that, but retail pharmacists overlook the “retail” side of that equation at their peril. While it’s true that traditional retailers could stand to learn a thing or two from the level of caring service delivered in pharmacies, we also shouldn’t neglect the key lessons we can learn from retail businesses that — on the surface, at least — are dissimilar to ours. After all, at the end of the day we’re all here to stay in business, and to do right by those we serve.

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Topics: pharmacy workflow, pharmacy display

Is Automation the Key to Optimizing Your Pharmacy's Efficiency?

Posted by Robert Walthall on Thu, Feb, 28, 2019 @ 09:39 AM

If you've followed our blog or subscribed to the Shelving Design Systems mailing list for any length of time, you know that we’re firm believers in pharmacy automation. That belief is not, however, built on faith or intuition; it comes from years’ worth of time spent on pharmacy design and observing the results. And we’re not the only ones paying attention. Although a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health on the effects of pharmacy automation wasn't exactly a page-turning thriller, it underscored the effectiveness of automation. Having answered our question a bit early, let’s take a closer look at how and why automation works — and whether it’s effective for small pharmacies as well as larger concerns.

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Topics: pharmacies, pharmacy workflow, Workflows

Why Efficiency is Key to Your Pharmacy's Success

Posted by Robert Walthall on Wed, Feb, 27, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Running a pharmacy can feel like being on a small boat in a storm. You’re buffeted on all sides by competition, high overheads, inventory challenges, regulatory pressures, and fickle consumer tastes. It’s easy to look for a silver bullet or quick fix — a big, bold solution to your problems — but all of us at Shelving Design Systems have found over the years that taking care of the fundamentals is what really ensures long-term viability and profitability. One of those fundamentals that’s capable of forming a solid foundation for many of the others? Efficiency.

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Topics: pharmacy shelving, retail display solutions, pharmacy fixtures, pharmacy design layout

3 Most Common Supply Chain Issues Faced by Pharmacies Today

Posted by Robert Walthall on Tue, Feb, 26, 2019 @ 11:03 AM

Four simple characters can evoke a sense of dread. In this case, they are H1N1, the same strain of the flu that is estimated to have killed as much as five percent of the world’s population between 1918 and 1920. With that strain resurgent in 2019, many are warily eyeing their pharmacy supply chains and hoping they hold up if the worst should happen. In the interest of resiliency, which supply chain issues are most urgent today? At Shelving Design Systems, we’re applying lessons learned in the past to pharmacy design for a better future.


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Topics: pharmacy, pharmacies, pharmacy management, inventory

5 Trends Shaping the Retail Shelving Industry in 2019

Posted by Robert Walthall on Tue, Feb, 19, 2019 @ 03:48 PM

As we look ahead to a new year, individuals and businesses alike are taking stock of the recent past and looking to the future with hope and resolve. If you’re in the retail industry, what trends will be shaping the year ahead? Here at Shelving Design Systems, we’ve identified a few surprising trends that could shape your retail shelving, your business, and your sales for 2019.

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Topics: shelving trends, retail shelving trends

5 Things to Consider in Your Pharmacy Design

Posted by Robert Walthall on Thu, Jan, 31, 2019 @ 09:07 AM

Shelving Design Systems is synonymous with pharmacy shelving in the Southeast. However, we’re much more than that, including design and consulting services. That’s why this week, we’re leaving shelving to one side and taking a closer look at some of the other things you should consider if you’re building a new pharmacy, or taking on the renovation or refit of an older one.

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Topics: pharmacy design

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