As all good business owners know, sometimes you have to spend some money to make money. Taking the time to purchase products and implement measures that are cost-effective, safe and efficient can make all the difference for your business and your team of valued employees. 

For those in retail, there are a few trusted gadgets that can take your business a long way in terms of saving money over time. We’ve outlined four of those items below: 

A Surge Protector

This one seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many businesses don’t have one. If you have a large team of employees and a good deal of technology, such as computers, printers, TVs and other devices that are always plugged in, not to mention larger appliances, it’s only good sense to have surge protectors keeping your office safe. And it isn’t just in case of storms, either. So many fires are the direct result of overused outlets and appliances/electronics that overheat. Grab a few surge protectors for your peace of mind, if nothing else. They aren’t terribly expensive and they’re a safety necessity. 

Smart Appliances

These days it seems like there’s a “smart” everything. From fridges to washing machines, everything is in the cloud and online. But it isn’t just about being connected; Smart appliances are HUGE energy savers. While they can be costly upfront, they will save you so much money over time, especially if your retail office relies heavily on said appliances. Whether you’re looking to buy a new TV for the office breakroom or need to upgrade your thermostat, a Smart version is likely available. It’s worth the cost, as you’ll save so much money in the long run AND it will help your office run more efficiently, too. 

Industrial Scales

So many retail businesses that rely on inventory don’t have industrial scales, and they should. For online businesses that primarily mail their orders out, this is a must. A simple commercial scale just won’t cut it; you need industrial weighing scales to determine down to the last ounce what your packages weigh to accurately update your shipping labels, keep track of fluctuations in your inventory, and more. 

Paper Shredders

Another no-brainer that so many businesses don’t have! While recycling is always a great idea for the environment, you want to protect your employees and client’s confidential material and ensure a secure and trustworthy workspace. Don’t just throw those old papers into the recycling bin; invest in a good paper shredder and take care of the confidential files the proper way. Not only will it make your office more secure, but it will cut down on waste, too. 

These are just four of the many gadgets and tools your business should invest in that are cost-effective, efficient and helpful. There are so many other simple, easy ways you can continue to improve your company from the ground up, without breaking the bank. Your employees will thank you for making these necessary upgrades, and so will your bottom line. 

By Erica Buteau

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