Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The bookshelves lay out in a bookstore

Running and managing a bookstore is not always related to buying and selling books. There is another factor which we should consider to have a successful business. Bookstores will always have bookshelves. These are where we put our books. Bookshelves have to be well arranged in a bookstore so that customers will be able to find books easily.
Arrange the books according to categories - There are thousands of book titles in a bookstore. If they are not arranged according to certain book categories, the customers will not find them easily. In my Xavier bookstore, the categories of books are School books (elementary, junior, high), fiction, language, computer, religion, agriculture, economics, health and lifestyle, cooking, engineering, politics and law.
Avoid putting many bookshelves in the middle of the room - I put newly arrived books in on two tables in the middle of the room whereas bookshelves are placed a long the walls of the bookstore. This is to create an impression a spacious room and that the bookstore is not too crowded with people and books.

Provide some shelves for merchandise other than books - Besides selling books, I also sell other merchandise such as school supplies, some sports equipment and small bags. These merchandises have to be placed on different shelves.
The alleyways between the bookshelves should not be less than 75 cm for Asian bookstores. For European countries the distance can be around 1 to 1.5 meters. At least two people can stand in the alleyway without causing books to fall down from the bookshelves. A good bookstore also has to provide a place or shelve for customers to leave their belongings while shopping for books. Some customers bring helmets or bags that are big. These things can be left there for a while. by Charles Roring in Manokwari of West Papua - Indonesia Also: Promoting your bookstore; Determining the profit margin of a bookstore

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