Retail Handling Solutions

Pub Memo Recently Featured Retail Handling as an Ergonomic Solution

Pub Memo recently featured Retail Handling as an Ergonomic Solution


Falmouth, ME -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/23/2013 -- Pub Memo featured Retail Handling Solutions in a recent issue. Ergonomists can help retailers provide safe, comfortable, effective and efficient equipment throughout the retail chain to help them achieve excellent customer service. Areas which benefit from ergonomics support include the design of checkouts, counters, hand-held devices such as chip and pin machines and self-service equipment.

Ergonomic design of chill cabinets ensures customers can see and reach merchandise which is being kept in perfect condition, while staff find it easy to clean, load and maintain. Ergonomic backroom design ensures staff can move merchandise onto the sales floor easily and keep it clean and tidy.

Retail Handling Solutions ( is at the core of revolutionizing retail products handling. For nearly a century not much has changed in the way retailers stock shelves. The process is time-consuming, labor intensive, and fraught with productivity road blocks and the potential for injury, product breakage, and customer inconvenience.

Southworth International Group is the parent of a family of companies whose mission is to make work faster, safer, and easier. Southworth’s roots date back more than a century. For much of this history, the company has been developing and supplying equipment that provides the many benefits of the practical application of ergonomics in the manufacturing and warehousing industries. Its divisions are widely recognized for their innovative approach to application engineering, extensive product offerings, and adaptability to exact customer requirements including service both before and after sales.

In more recent years, it has extended its focus to include the opportunity rich repetitive handling requirements of many retail operations. Store goods are handled multiple times, often in awkward positions and almost all operations are done over and over again. Safety problems are clearly an issue and applications to improve productivity abound. Recognizing that retail store operations are significantly different from manufacturing and somewhat different from warehousing, Retail Handling Solutions was created to concentrate the practical application of ergonomics on the specific circumstances of the retail work environment. Limited space, high volumes, thin margins, packaging necessities, as well as consideration for in-store shoppers and merchandising frequently require a unique approach to optimizing the productivity and safety of these stock handling applications.

About Retail Handling Solutions
Retail operations require automation according to Brian McNamara, founder of Retail Handling Solutions, based in Falmouth, Maine. Many of the processes, including retail stocking, is time consuming, labor intensive, and fraught with productivity road blocks and the potential for injury and product breakage. With all the advances made in other areas of the store, this key operation function has been largely ignored. Follow Southworth on Twitter at @SouthworthProd.

Retail Handling Solutions
Alison K. Shea
Market Development Manager
(207) 317-4222