The term "store supplies" covers a lot
of different things. You need bags for merchandise, paper
for printing receipts, toilet paper and paper towels for the
bathrooms, cleaning supplies, and many other items.
If possible, it's best to buy your supplies in bulk from a
distributor who will give you good prices.
When purchasing supplies that will be seen by the customer, such
as plastic bags for merchandise, give some thought to the
impression the customer will have when they see it. Do you
want to pay extra for bags with your store name and address on
them, or a simple "Thank You" message, or is a plain
unmarked bag sufficient? What color should it be?
White? Yellow? Red?
Do you want to have business cards printed with your store
address, phone number, and hours?
Do you need shopping carts or baskets?
Do you want them to be imprinted with your logo and the name of
Are there signs in the
aisles of your store to let the customers know about special
deals and where to find different types of merchandise?
a unified look throughout the retail store, giving customers a sense of
being in a unique place. This will make them more likely
to return to shop again.