Practical how to guides

Space Savers


The self storage sector in New Zealand is maturing as residential and business customers increasingly seek cost-effective storage solutions around the country. Jody Robb takes a look beyond the roller doors and security gates. In the self storage sector, the “four Ds” are widely touted as driving demand at facilities around the world.


How to open a store, part 1: Property


More and more new retailers are opening pureplay ecommerce sites before committing to bricks and mortar stores. The fundamental question retailers need to answer before selecting a site, Lloyd Budd of Bayleys says, is: “Who are your customers?


The Game Changer


The technology driving gaming phenomenon Pokémon GO has the power to revolutionise the commercial property industry, allowing potential buyers to walk through buildings that are yet to be completed or undertake due diligence on their smartphone.


3 Tips For Making The Most Of Your Roof


“The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire”. Okay, not quite, but those solar panels are keeping things pretty warm up there.


5 Tips For Creating A Shop With Face Value


You may have heard the small business owner’s mantra: “attract, engage and entice (omm)”. Hey, you may even be mantra-ing it right now. But have you applied it beyond your store’s welcome mat?


5 Ways And Reasons To Add An Outdoor Space To Your Office


Anyone who’s been house-hunting has heard the phrase “indoor/outdoor flow” internally, on repeat, every night at 4am. But if you’re looking for a new office? It may never come up. Well, maybe you should bring it up. Because the most in-demand staff have “indoor/outdoor flow” on their office wish-list even if you don’t.


3 Things You Should Consider When Choosing Your Next Shop Location


It’s clear to anyone who’s ploughed down Auckland’s Queen Street recently that the retail world is hovering in its own stratosphere right now. For everyone else there are the stats – those ones with all the zeros.


5 Tips On Positioning Your Office So It’s Where Your Workers Want To Be


With the standard 40-hour work week, people spend more of their waking hours in the office than they do in their own homes. Understand then, that someone with their pick of job prospects will give the same consideration to the location of their workplace as they do to the location of the house they’ll go back to each night.


5 Tips For Picking The Best Spot For Your Warehouse


Location – it’s so important that people usually mention it three times in a row. 


5 Reasons Why It’s Good To Be In Local Manufacturing Right Now


If you don’t remember it, you’ve heard of it: the late ’80s era of slashed import tariffs and ‘bargain stores’ spreading up down the country like measles on the face of the local manufacturing industry.


5 Tips On Getting The Most Out Of Auckland’s Laneway Revival


Think of city laneways and you’re likely to picture Melbourne; its CBD richly veined with cobbled alleys, mysterious side streets and established pedestrian zones that crackle with chic bars, hip eateries and boutique retail shops.


5 Things We Can Learn From Christchurch About Office Space


With 92 hectares of the city’s CBD initially cordoned off, post-earthquake Christchurch had to be flexible with its nine-to-five arrangements.


7 ways to create an enticing retail experience


Laying on the couch is no longer the dead centre of inactivity that is used to be. The 2016 Total Retail survey of 23,000 shoppers from 25 countries found that 54% of people buy from the comfort of their lounge on at least a monthly basis.


5 tips for creating a staff friendly small to medium warehouse


Many factory workers find out what they don’t like in a workplace the hard (labour) way, on the warehouse floor. This has lead to an industry with a notoriously high turnover – but it doesn’t have to be this way.


6 ways to design the right office for your company


If you have a new employee starting soon and the only available space is in the gap beside the fridge, it may be time to seek out new premises.