Queue Management Solutions

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The Brits find queuing second nature especially at large events, product launches & popular restaurants. However, in other parts of the world, this isn’t always the case!

Recently Amazon opened a checkout free concept store in Seattle designed to help eliminate queuing whilst removing cashiers at the same time.  The principle is that you help yourself to goods and as you leave the store your Amazon registered credit card is billed.

On opening day, locals flocked to the store to investigate the new idea and ironically had to form a queue because of the number of people that turned up!  Needless to say, Amazon had to pull out the barriers and start managing the queues!

When it comes to queue management there are a couple of options but they do the same job; to ensure your customers form an orderly queue and have access to designated areas only.

Classic rope and post barriers are the top of the range when it comes to appearance.  They not only look good but are also perfect for creating V.I.P. areas and are used predominantly in upmarket car showrooms, red carpet events and 5* hotels. These are available in polished silver and gold with a range of velvet and twisted ropes, offering an opulent appearance.

When it comes to retractable barriers make sure you pick a colour that stands out and is easy to recognise, especially if they are being used in an area where lighting is limited or a hazard needs highlighting. To maximise your brand image choose a printed belt with company colours and make sure there are no gaps when forming your lines. Perception is reality and if people think they can sneak through an opening to save time they will!

Whichever queue management method you choose it is important to ensure you are using the correct number of stanchions, posts and ropes. There is nothing worse than seeing an overstretched rope or belt and it can be dangerous.

Adopt the simplify to amplify technique, create a distinctive queuing system which is organised and purposeful, without gaps to amplify the importance of your chosen pathway and ensure the correct brand image is given to your business.

For any questions or queries on finding your queue management solution just email sales@bhma.co.uk or call 01353 665141.

Introducing the Sign with a Difference! Our New Multi Board.

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Our brand new Multi Board™ is the true multi-functional board, it has endless connection possibilities and can be used in a number of ways.
You can use one single board suspended from the ceiling or mounted on a wall for the perfect chalkboard sign; add feet and voila, a free-standing double sided sign is created!
You can make a triangle, square or hexagon, which are perfect for placing around a tree or hiding an ugly rubbish bin and gives you 360° visual communication.
If you fancy an alternative design to the traditional café barrier simply make one long line of boards, using a collection of multi boards and feet. The list goes on and the opportunities are endless.
The Multi Board™ connect system is strong and very simple to use, resistant to all weather conditions and engineered to last. Use our waterproof chalkpens designed for outdoor weather conditions to create your sign; start connecting today with the Multi Board™ and provide intelligent communication to your customers with ease.

Crosstown Doughnuts go crazy for interchangeable signs!

crosstown doughnuts signsCrosstown Doughnuts is a rapidly expanding gourmet doughnut brand from London that prides themselves on hand made doughnuts that are not only delicious but made fresh everyday.  They rotate their flavours daily and with over 40 stockist in the London area that take a select range of flavours, they needed a range of premium signs that could be updated quickly, look traditional and fit in with their brand.

They decided that our Interchangeable A-board & Pegboard ticked their boxes!

Our interchangeable double sided A-board is crafted from steel and powder coated to withstand the wonderful British weather and provide years of service. The interchangeability magic is provided by magnetic vinyl slats that adhere to the metal board with ease.

The style of the a-board largely depends on the board colour you choose, brighter primary colours tend to be in keeping with modern brands like McDonalds whereas traditional colours are perfect for Harrods and Barbour. The magnetic slats can be matched to the colour of the board and the text printed in any style or colour you choose, making this sign completely bespoke and tailored for your business and brand.

The perfect partner for the interchangeable a-board is our quick changing retro pegboard, which offers a unique way to advertise your menu with removable letters and numbers that simply push into pre-formed holes. We offer a selection of characters in variety of sizes up to 47mm tall to allow your imagination to run wild and create the menu of your dreams and whilst you are being creative why not check out Crosstown Doughnuts and order some of their delicious gourmet doughnuts 🙂

How to Choose the Right A-board Pavement Sign for You!

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Sometimes choosing the right pavement a-board sign can be a daunting challenge! Should you opt for a poster holder, a chalkboard or even a swinger?

Hopefully we can iron out some of the wrinkles and make the whole process an enjoyable one!

One of the first questions to ask yourself is what would you like your sign to do for you? Bring in more customers, give directions, advertise your products or provide health and safety information. Your answer will indicate whether you need a sign that you are able to update and change or whether it will have a fixed permanent message.

Location is next! Where will your pavement sign be situated? On a high street, on a windy roadside, a garage forecourt or perhaps a shopping centre. Weather and environment will affect the longevity and success of your correctly chosen pavement sign and needs to be taken into consideration. A high street will need a slimmer perhaps smaller sign allowing pedestrians to manoeuvre, whereas a swinger sign would suit a windy roadside location perfectly.

Weight is also a very important factor that is often forgotten about.  Will you need to bring your sign in at the end of the day? If so it will need to be lightweight enough to move but sturdy enough to withstand the elements of mother nature, the larger water-filled signs are great for this situation. If your pavement sign will remain outside permanently then the heavier the better!

The last but most certainly not least decision you will need to arrive at is style. Your sign will represents your brand and business, it will be the first thing a customer sees and therefore must be a true representation of your business and ethics. If you have a woodland café then a metal sign just, will not, cut the mustard, only a rustic traditional wooden a-board would suffice, and we have a good range of those to choose from.

I hope the above key points will help you arrive at the perfect a-board pavement sign for you, however if you need some specific advice please don’t hesitate to log on to our live chat or give us a call on 01353 665141, we will be happy to share our knowledge with you 🙂