Growing a business is a challenging task. So, it’s a good sign when you’re moving your retail business to a larger space or outlet.
Now that you’re finally ready to move, you must ensure that everything is planned and accounted for right down to the last detail. Without adequate planning, you’ll spend more dollars and time making needless errors. However, by following our carefully thought-out guide, you can look forward to a smooth and seamless move.
Dissolve your inventory
Before your move, the first thing you should ensure is that you have as little physical stock to move as possible.
This isn’t to say that you should sell off everything at discount prices. With the right strategy, you can use the opportunity to advertise your products and services to the wider public while also chipping in useful information about your new store location.
This way, you’ll end up moving fewer items, which equals less stress, moving costs, and room for error.
Create a schedule
Mark the re-opening day at the new store on your calendar. This day should be when you plan for the move to be completed, with everything in place and ready for the resumption of business operations.
Then, work backwards from that date, giving yourself enough time for your itinerary. To streamline your work, have a to-do list with all the tasks outlined, each with its corresponding due date.
You can also get some input from your moving company and employees to have them establish the time needed to complete different tasks.
Have everything ready at the new location early
If you own the leases for the old and new locations simultaneously, you should take advantage of the time to prepare your new space well ahead of the move. Set up physical shelves, counters, and other installations such that when you eventually move, you can resume commercial operations in little time.
Post your new address at the old location
If it’s possible, post the notice for as long as possible. You should include information other than the new address for more effective communication. For instance, you can post a catchy message for your old customers, appreciating them for their patronage and reminding them to connect with you on social media.
While they may be unable to physically visit your store immediately after you’ve moved, providing them with alternate communication means is a way to ensure that they won’t forget you.
Hire a professional for packing and moving
Moving a business requires professional, expert packing. The quality of your inventory is crucial to your sales. So, they must arrive at the new location in good condition. Rather than leaving the packing to your employees, you should hire a professional with the technical know-how in handling commercial merchandise and other sensitive equipment.
A professional moving company will also prepare a comprehensive plan for packing, storing, and moving your property without compromising security.
Make your retail business move easy
Business doesn't have to completely grind to a halt throughout the duration of the planning. With a professional moving company, you can avoid much of the hard work, and focus on getting your store back in business with few, if any, delays. Reach out to us today!