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Add A Touch of Class To Your Retail Space With Our New Liz Line of Molded Hair Mannequins!

Give your newest styles a boost by displaying them on an exciting and bold new mannequin. Our new Liz line of Molded Hair Mannequins has a bright white finish, soft features and molded hair, creating that contemporary feel that you’re looking for. Modern poses on these display fixtures tell your customer that their outfits are new and stylish. A sturdy metal base and a cost effective price make these new mannequins a must have for your boutique or specialty clothing shop.

Elizabeth Molded Hair Mannequins






Elizabeth Molded Hair Mannequin

Elizabeth Molded Hair Mannequin


4 Pro Tips For Planning Your Store Fixtures Purchase: Part 2

In the first part of our series on planning your store fixtures purchase we outlined the importance of determining your budget as well as researching your options. Below are the next showcasestwo steps in planning for a smooth store fixtures purchase.

3. Order Early and Avoid Last Minute Headaches

Compile a list of the items and part numbers needed including specifics like quantities and colors etc. Then request a price quote for your order and ask any additional questions. It’s always best to order early even if you can’t accept delivery. We can set a ship date for your order so that it would arrive as close to your target date as possible.

4. Plan Your Delivery

Most shipments will require that someone is available to inspect and receive the shipment. To reduce costs, a commercial address that is open between 9am-5pm is always recommended. Request tracking information so that you can know in advance of when your shipment may betruck-lg delivered. Most freight carriers will make only one attempt to deliver so use the tracking info to make sure you are there and have extra help to unload.

Follow these steps to make sure that your purchase, delivery and installation of your new store fixtures goes smoothly.

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Freight Shipping Your Store Fixtures & Displays Order Is Expensive. Right?

truckBoth buyers and sellers braving the internet to purchase their store fixtures and displays are all too familiar with one of the biggest obstacles to a purchase’s cost effectiveness. Shipping.

In this context, the word itself seems to inspire an almost universally negative knee jerk reaction. The average consumer believes that shipping charges are a rip-off, and reacts angrily “that’s where they make all their money”. Lured by the ultra low priced slatwall panels and gridwall displays offered by online retailers, and forced to accept that shipping charges are an unavoidable part of the cost of their retail display fixture, buyers would be comforted if they took several important factors into consideration. But first the basics.

Most less than truckload shipments of garment racks and store fixtures are delivered in one of two ways; Parcel Package Delivery, and Truck/Freight depending on the size, weight and destination of your shipment. Smaller shipments that consist of around 10 or less smaller boxes are more cost effective to ship by UPS Ground. Orders with more pieces, or that consist of larger oversized slatwall panels, gridwall displays or clothes display racks must be shipped by Truck/Freight. 

Its true that for smaller retail display shipments, Parcel Package Delivery is a far less costly deliveryups-truck option and is the only way to go. But more often than you would think, as the shopper determines his/her need, the shipment will grow to such a size that both methods must be considered. In some cases, Parcel Package Delivery becomes far more costly as the package count rises. A store fixture shipment consisting of 20 pieces will be much more expensive by UPS than Truck/Freight to most locations. A threshold of $20 per box can get pretty pricey whereas the freight rate is almost unaffected by the slight increase in weight that each additional box adds.

Additionally, loss, damage and separation are far less common for freight shipments as each shipment consists of 1 larger palletized package. When delivering individually, the occurrence of loss or damage is far more common when your order consists of essentially 10 separate shipments. 

There is one factor that can derail the theory that Truck/Freight is more cost effective (for some displays shipments) than otherwise considered. Truck/Freight shipments delivered to residences are more costly than commercial addresses because of the fact that different vehicles must be used when navigating residentially zoned areas. Required by your local government, these smaller delivery trucks are safer to operate in these areas.

The next time your salesperson advises you that your order will be shipped by truck freight, take the time to consider that this might be a good thing. 

Used Displays vs. New Store Fixtures… Is It Really A Better Deal?

As our economy continues to improve, we’re all looking for ways to cut back on expenses. Rising costs, shrinking sales, and a darkening mood seem to be the new normal. If you own a retail store or business in need of displays or store fixtures; to improve your look or to display new merchandise, your first thought is often, “I should try to buy used to save”. While it is always a good idea to try to get the best deal, sometimes it’s possible to over-think the solution. Used store fixtures and retail displays might seem like a great way to control costs when outfitting your retail store, craft exhibit, or art display. Unfortunately, this rarely turns out to be the case.


Used vs New? Not usually worth the hassle.

Try to consider that many factors that contribute to an items cost are still figured into the selling price of a used gridwall panel, garment rack or store display. It still has to be purchased, transported from it’s source, sorted, repaired, handled and stored until it’s resold. The cost to administrate the transaction is the same as a new display also. Payroll, merchant credit card processing fees, the list goes on. In addition, consider that if the used display has to be shipped to you, this cost may be higher due to repackaging expenses. Oddly sized and oversized boxes are expensive after all.

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Reduce headaches by following these steps when ordering your Store Fixtures and Retail Displays!

As we approach the retail buying season, it’s time to make any last minute preparations to our retail stores in advance of the upcoming sales season. Consider a few ways to ensure that your store fixtures and displays purchase goes smoothly and arrives on time.


This is by far the most common mistake made when businesses determine that they need to purchase a retail display product. Most of our in stock products ship within a few business days of the receipt and process of your order, and arrive approximately 3-5 business days from ship date. This excludes many truck freight only items like slatwall, gridwall and showcases. When asked if an item can be delivered within the next day or so the answer is almost invariably No. You should always consider 5-7 business days from your order date to be the earliest items could possibly be delivered. Plan ahead and give yourself as much time as possible.


Measure your wall and floor space carefully to be sure that your plan matches your order. Needing to place a second supporting order is more time and cost that you could avoid with smart planning.


The general rule is, the larger the shipment, the less costly it is it ends up being per item. Other businesses in your area may like to cooperate to save money.


Delivery to either an unoccupied address, or delivery to an address where a contractor or other unrelated 3rd party will be relied upon to receive your shipment is never recommended. The receipt of your shipment is an important process to confirm your items piece count and condition. When an unrelated party signs for your shipment in good order (even though it’s damaged), they generally don’t care, and you’re left holding the bag.

Follow these steps when ordering your store fixtures and displays to make an already easy process even easier.


Your Retail Display Look, Layout and Store Fixture Assortment Make an Important First Impression. Don’t Waste It.

slatwall-fixturesSo, as a store owner you feel like you know how your retail space looks to your customer. Pretty straight forward isn’t it? Well it might surprise you to know that the first impression your customer gets when they walk through your door might be completely different than you think. To you the space is clean, bright and easy to shop. To your customer though, it might appear dingy, cramped and disorganized. How could the gap in these opinions be so great? Feedback from your customers and an analysis of your store planning objectives can help to ensure that your retail display strategy matches your sales approach and product assortment.

Does a dollar store use high end custom display fixtures? Does a chic urban boutique use standardized economy store fixtures? In either scenario, the first impression that your store makes to a customer has a lot to do with their desire to buy. We’ve all heard the cliché, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”. It’s overused but true.

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The Retail Sales and Buying Season Is Here! Be prepared.

christmas-treeSchool’s back in session and there’s a chill in the air. The changing leaves and weekend football games can mean only one thing. The retail sales and buying season is here. Is your retail store ready?

Fall inventories have arrived or will very soon. Be prepared now by ensuring that your slatwall, gridwall and retail displays are up to date, in good condition and match your stores display scheme. In a another blog post, we highlighted the importance of the first impression made by your stores assortment of display fixtures. Worn, damaged or mis-matched displays should be replaced with new, efficient and stylish store fixtures that indicate to your customer that you care about your businesses appearance. Be prepared this retail season by ordering store fixtures while they’re still available, to avoid the rush.

Also, use this retail sales season to emphasize to your customers how easy it is to discuss products, facebook4answer questions and provide feedback using your Facebook page. Many businesses are simply not utilizing Facebook as a business tool that can help stay connected with customers and drive sales. Draw new Facebook users by offering promotions or discounts that are only available after “Liking” your page. The “Discussions” feature will allow you to address customer concerns directly and personally interact in message board or forum posting format. Visit our Facebook page today to provide feedback about this blog, our website, our products, or to just say hello.

Have a great retail sales season!

Shopping for Slatwall, Gridwall and Retail Store Fixtures Just Got So Much Easier!

gridwallDoes anyone truly enjoy shopping online for storage and display products for their warehouse, retail store or mobile booth display? The answer most often is probably not. We get that. But a successful retail store remodel, or a popular craft show or art fair booth? Now THAT is what most would say is worth the effort. The experience to achieve this shouldn’t be difficult or frustrating.


We looked at the options facing the online shopper for Store Fixtures, Slatwall Panels and Gridwalldressmaker-forms-bfmcw-lg Displays and determined that while we are the best at finding our customers what they need quickly and easily, we can do better. A completely re-designed and overhauled website was our only option. After many months of investment and research, the New Look AAADisplays.com website is finally here! 

What’s New and Improved:

  • Faster access to more detailed information about items
  • Larger, clearer & faster loading pictures & website pages
  • Simplified pricing structure to make buying decisions easier
  • One click access to our social media platforms in Facebook & Twitter

Driving this pursuit of a better experience for the online shopper was our understanding that quick access to products and pricing was what our visitors wanted. Although we offer a supportive online community to answer customer buying and after the sale questions on both Facebook and Twitter, our customers want to spend their time running their businesses and helping their customers.

questionWhat do you think makes for a better online shopping experience?  Take the time to visit our competitors and then visit us.We’d like to have your feedback below. You’ll see for yourself why the time and effort was well worth it.