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5 Things to Consider When Choosing Pharmacy Shelving

Posted by Robert Walthall on Wed, Oct, 31, 2018 @ 08:01 AM

Whether you’re renovating an existing space or building a new pharmacy from the ground up, you’ve got some decisions to make. Those choices encompass more than appearances and aisle width. Your shelving design can be a make-or-break part of your business, but when it’s planned properly, it’s more than capable of pulling its own weight. So what do you need to consider as you choose your pharmacy shelving?

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Pharmacy Shelving: 8 Tips for Maximizing Product Exposure

Posted by Robert Walthall on Tue, Jul, 03, 2018 @ 08:28 AM

Your pharmacy shelving actually has the capability to make or break your business as an independent drugstore because it's responsible for creating a major part of your overall merchandising environment. While it's the prescription dispensing function that brings most customers to you and produces the greatest percentage of your store's revenues, it's the front-end merchandising area that shoppers have to walk through to get to the prescription counter located near the rear of the store. If shoppers are put off by what they see, it will negatively affect their “buying mood” and may even convince them that they just might want to purchase their prescriptions elsewhere.

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How Poor-Quality Pharmacy Shelves Hurt Your Bottom Line

Posted by Robert Walthall on Wed, Sep, 13, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

Pharmacy shelving, often overlooked for its importance in creating the basic working environment within your drug store, plays a different and unique role in both the front and back ends of your business space. Pharmacies, by their very nature, have unique shelving and fixture requirements that differ depending on where in the store they're installed. Back end pharmacy shelving needs to be concerned with easy access for workers to reach essential supplies to promote an efficient workflow. It also must provide needed security, prodigious storage space and, in some areas, a sterile space for compounding medications.

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Can Pharmacy Rx Shelving Help You Meet Privacy Requirements?

Posted by Robert Walthall on Tue, Sep, 05, 2017 @ 11:30 AM

Privacy requirements governing the use of PHI (protected health information) have become extremely stringent, especially since the 2013 Final Omnibus Rule Update to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The rules regarding the security and privacy of health information and data are not only now being much more tightly enforced, but penalties for breaching these standards are significant, carrying fines of up to 1.5 million dollars.

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The Most Profitable Current Trends in the Retail Pharmacy Industry

Posted by Robert Walthall on Mon, Feb, 20, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

The retail pharmacy industry is undergoing a significant transition, and independent pharmacy owners who are able to adapt to the rapidly changing trends will find themselves positioned well to profit from some newly created circumstances.

It's been 50 years since the Medicare program was enacted, and since its inception, millions have signed on to this federal insurance program. At last count more than 55 million Americans were currently receiving benefits from the program. Medicare Part D, which went into effect in January 2006, is a prescription drug plan that, according to The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2015 Budget in Brief, has more than 40 million participants enrolled, most of whom are seniors, aged 65 and older. It's estimated that seniors fill nearly 30 prescriptions per year at retail pharmacies, compared to only about half that number being filled by individuals between the ages of 19 and 64.

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5 Ways to Make Pharmacy Shelving Warm and Inviting

Posted by Robert Walthall on Thu, Feb, 09, 2017 @ 09:00 AM

Looks are important in the world of retail pharmacy. The quality of your customer service and the competitiveness of your prices won't matter if your drugstore has only minimal customer traffic or if those would-be shoppers who do come in leave empty handed or buy little and then don't return again.

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Front End Pharmacy Shelving: Functionality is Key

Posted by Robert Walthall on Tue, Dec, 20, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

For every pharmacy out there—whether old or new, large or small, independent, franchise or chain-store operation—pharmacy shelving plays an integral role in both the back-end prescription filling and stock storage areas as well as the front-end retail merchandising space. The types of shelving you choose to use to outfit your store will depend on the style of store you're looking to create and where in the store each piece will be located.

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Full OTC Custom Shelving: 5 Things to Consider

Posted by Robert Walthall on Thu, Dec, 15, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

While sales of prescription medications are likely the mainstay of your drugstore business, the sale of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines is just as important, and the way these items are displayed and merchandised can have a real impact on how well they sell. Much of this comes down to your particular pharmacy shelving design and placement. Today's options for pharmacy shelving are vast, with choices ranging from the least expensive basic units to the most expensive custom-made shelving built to order and designed to exactly fit your specific needs.

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Pharmacy Shelving: Custom, Mid-Range or Basic?

Posted by Robert Walthall on Tue, Nov, 22, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

With all the choices currently available for the purchase of pharmacy shelving, it may be worth your time and trouble to do some serious consideration in this area before making any final purchase decisions. Although Grandpa often could be heard saying, "Good things ain't cheap and cheap things ain't good," there's still something to be said for the value expressed by good basic shelves if that's all the budget will allow. Buying low-budget shelves, however, may also be a mistake you'll regret having made for years to come. This is especially true if you're tempted to buy someone else's castoffs—used shelving that someone else has outgrown and traded in for something better. Although used shelves can be a great money saver, finding ones that are still in good shape isn't easy, and your choices of available styles may be seriously diminished.

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5 Pharmacy Shelving Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Robert Walthall on Tue, Oct, 18, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

 

Whether you're building a new pharmacy, remodeling an existing one, remodeling a vacant commercial space into a pharmacy or simply upgrading your current pharmacy shelving with something newer or better, you can learn a great deal by studying the results of those who have gone before you in a similar venture. As a pharmacy owner or manager, it may come as somewhat of a surprise to you that when pharmacy builds or remodels are getting put into motion, the planning stages often require as much or more time to complete than the actual construction phase. Here's where the old "measure twice, cut once" comes into play.

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