Retail kiosks, also known as mall kiosks actually started at around the 13th century in India. Now these little showcases are viewed all around the country for all sorts of different reasons. I’ve been to a few seafood shacks in various countries by the water such as Greece and they have these kiosks everywhere! We Americans have these kiosks in malls, usually surrounded by merchandise such as cell phones, jewelry, skin care and food! These retail display cases are really a superb idea because the mall kiosks are literally right splat in the middle of the mall floor – more foot traffic.
But, they also are about appearances as well and giving people a true view of what you are selling and what you have available. These kiosks are all about catching people’s attention so they gravitate towards your showcase. So one of the VERY first things you are going to need for your business is to figure out what kind of a product you want to sell, again this can be pretty much anything your imagination can think of. Just make sure that it’s not the same exact item that is available in a mall, and if it is, make sure YOUR prices are a few dollars shorter!
Once you figure out the product you want to start selling, you are going to need a sturdy store display or a set of streamline showcases such as these kiosk stands. If you don’t like the look of a kiosk stand, that’s fine, you can always choose from a jewelry showcase, retail display or glass showcase. These are the same shelving units you have seen in places such as cake shops, cellphone and electronic stores, video game stores and jewelry stores. They are types of displays that allow you to place the product safely in the case to show off the products you have.
These cases are also closed in, so this is an extra added security measure that a lot of people like more than an open kiosk where anyone could ultimately just walk past and take whatever they want! A lot of these showcase options also have extra extra added security by adding lock and key to the back of the unit that only you can get into. The third thing you need to do after picking out your products and your showcase displays is to get a license and permit for the business and the zoning of having the kiosk in the mall.
Usually this is done by contacting the mall and letting them know you want to set up a kiosk. They will then either say okay and you can set your stuff up, or they might make you pay a fee or charge you a percentage of your profits you make. You can get your license and permits from your state government website or just look around online and see what you come up with. This is an application of sorts you will need to fill out before starting your business in THAT specific mall.