Planning and organizing shop fit-outs in Europe for your brand is quite an undertaking. And requires all the professional help you can find. Do your research and get your partner options right. You don’t want to miss you chance for fast and efficient growth of your store network, do you?
A well thought-out, organized and implemented store rollout or store modernization program is a key for success. Especially if it happens simultaneously on many markets. For us at CAPS Group, it’s what we do. Every day. That’s why we decided to share the key success criteria for an international store rollout project set up.
FIXTURE PRODUCTION SECURITY IN YOUR SHOP FIT-OUTS IN EUROPE
Store fixtures from China
When things go well in global economics, outsourcing your store fixtures, or parts of them, from China makes a lot of sense. Especially when you order big batches well ahead of time. You can really save a lot of money. But things can change very quick, leaving you stuck and relying on unstable overseas deliveries.
European store fixture production
That’s why it might be a good idea to play it safe. And have a fixture supplier that can offer you both: good deal on Chinese fixture supply and some possibility to produce furniture at home, in Europe. In this case, when outsourcing from China fails, something still can be done with short time responsiveness from your partner’s in-house production.
This quick turnaround capability can help to keep opening your stores as planned at least in the short term. And it will buy you some time to rethink your options and strategy in the long run.
REDUCE YOUR TRANSPORTATION COSTS WITH DECENTRALISED DISTRIBUTION
European store fixtures distribution for shop fit-outs in Europe
When you are growing fast across Europe, your logistics cost can go up dramatically. Especially if you have just one central furniture distribution base. Plus, delivering fixtures to your far-flung store destinations increases the risk to get it there on time.
De-centralised logistics and warehouse bases
You will be better off with a distribution centers network spread across the region you are operating in. The savings on transportation costs can be significant, even up to 50%! And your fixtures will be stored much closer to their destination points. The best part is you don’t have to invest into your very own warehouses across Europe. Select a fixture supplier that already has in-region fixtures distribution centres. And enjoy the benefits!
DATA IS KEY IN YOUR SHOP FIT-OUTS IN EUROPE
Store fixture supply based on data
While in an international store expansion, you need to plan and control more and more operational aspects. And on a bigger scale. You won’t succeed without putting your data in order and making the best use of it! With reliable figures you can plan the volume of fixtures you need to order. You can monitor the history of orders and execution. And prepare for rolling forecasts based on real-time data to secure your growth.
Optimised fixture supply chain
Collecting and managing the right data requires knowledge, consistency and a good ERP system. Only then can you work out an optimized purchasing and stocking strategy. Without the risk of running out of stock or freezing your resources in too much stock.
Outsource your fixture supply management
What if you are too busy growing to manage all the data? One of the options for you to consider is to ask your fixture supplier to fix this. They can be acting like your internal procurement department–focused on the goal to deliver results. And yes, this is possible. We at CAPS Group, with our SAP-powered operations support our clients with data for optimized stock supplies. And concrete savings in the long term.
SHOP FIT-OUTS IN EUROPE BY LOCAL TEAMS
Store fixtures installation costs can be a significant part of your store rollout program budget. Especially when installation teams travel from one country to another. That’s why you should have access to in-region install teams. A shopfitter that provides local fitters can save you money. And time too.
LOCAL COMPANIES IN RELEVANT COUNTRIES
Imagine that you can work with a fixture supplier that has legal local presences in the countries you are opening your stores in. Dealing with local suppliers offers a lot of benefits. For starters, you can get your VAT back. You also experience less hassle with local currency invoicing. Local flexibility in a global co-operation is certainly a plus.
NEED SUPPORT IN YOUR SHOP FIT-OUTS IN EUROPE?
Planning shopfitting projects in Europe? At CAPS Group we’ve got you covered whatever your starting point is and wherever you are headed in Europe. Store fixtures rollout and installation to the Iberian Peninsula? Checked! Store concept introduction into Romania, Bulgaria and the Balkans? No problem! Central & Eastern Europe store modernization programs? That’s exactly what we do! Contact us and let’s discuss what we can take care of for you.