Are you a shopper that pays close attention to the products that you buy at your local supermarket or convenience store? Do you only pay attention to the products themselves but to the condition of the store around you as well? Most people would say no to these questions because as consumers we have our own goals in mind. You went to the store to pick up what you needed, and possibly look around while you are there. But you are looking at the merchandise, not the supermarket shelving those products are sitting on.
For most supermarkets, they design their supermarket shelving to better accomadate the goods that are being placed on them, and the appeal it will have on the customer. For those of you who have been around in the retail market for several decades you will know what I’m talking about. Supermarket shelving has evolved around us, starting as wooden shelving and moving towards lightweight metal shelving. Now you will see attachments to these shelves in the forms of coupon dispensers and hanging clips displaying even more merchandise to catch your eye.
Wood over Metal
As the years have gone by, supermarket shelving grew along with the customers needs. However the costs of wooden shelving was slowly going up as the metal shelving was coming down. Retailers had to make a choice in what they would invest in. Wooden shelving was harder to clean, and once worn would have to be tossed out, possibly to not be reused. Once the wood sagged due to too much weight, it was done. And leaks and breakage would damage the wooden shelving as well. So supermarket shelving was replaced with the metal to have all of those advantages over its wooden counterparts. Now as metal shelving gets damages, worn or bent it can go back and be repaired or recycled into new shelves.
Besides having the ease of cleanliness and repair, metal supermarket shelving has several other benefits. For one they are much easier to stack, as they nest into each other from opposite directions conserving storage space. Second they can be adjusted to heights in the wall brackets with ease, moving the entire shelf at once instead of having to spend time adjusting brackets. Additional benefits include the attachments that can be added to the metal shelves with simple plastic and metal clips. What is called a side arm or clip in some markets will often be seen hanging down particular aisles with similar product tied in. For example, bottle opened hanging on a little peg clip with the bottled wine. Coupon dispenses and little sign flags are also items attached to these metal supermarket shelving in order to catch your eye.
Reporting the Damage
Supermarket shelving still can get damages for many different reasons. Shopping carts running into them, improper stacking, falling shelves, chemicals that have sat on shelving for too long will cause rust, and many other reasons as well. It’s important for the owner or manager of the business to take care of their shelving so that we the consumers feel comfortable in shopping for their merchandise. As consumers we need to help with that process in reporting any hazardous issues we may see to a member of management. The more eyes in the process the better.