Customer needs must be a priority for store merchandising. While the right products and price points are important, it’s the customers that make the difference. Without a combination of new and returning customers, retail businesses fail. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately two-thirds of businesses with employees only survive about two years. To … Continue reading 10 Merchandising Mistakes Retailers Make That Lose Sales
Mid-sized to large Real Estate Investment Trusts are more vulnerable to fraud in their parking operations than smaller property firms and the effects can be more devastating to the bottom line. The types of fraud that property owners and managers need to be aware of generally fall into four categories: cash theft, validation theft (discount … Continue reading 7 Easy Steps to Help Identify Fraud in a REIT’s Parking Operations
If you’re in retail, you’re likely in the middle of planning for the holidays — and for good reason. Known as the biggest shopping event of the year, the holiday season consistently brings in tremendous foot traffic and sales. Last year, sales in November and December rose 5.5% compared to the same period from the … Continue reading From Seasonal to Loyal: 5 Tips for Converting Holiday Shoppers into Year-Round Customers
Implementing change within a retail organization is necessary. It helps the brand stay relevant in the eyes of customers and keeps operations running at peak efficiency. However, change can be hard. Not everyone likes it! Change means stepping into the unknown. It does not have to be this way. With the right workflow and the … Continue reading 4 Strategies for Change Management in Retail
A smart checklist has points, best-practice pictures, supporting files, conditionals and action plan recommendations. It allows company standards to be checked, deficiencies tracked, assigned and resolved. It guarantees programs and policies are deployed in full, in time, in every store. A smart checklist is typically built online with a Form Builder or in Excel and … Continue reading What is a Smart Checklist?
When running a small business, there are no small decisions. You have to dig into the retail details and analytics that deliver the data behind every transaction and interaction that happens in your store. That’s where Key Performance Indicators (KPI) come in — numeric values that indicate whether your business is reaching its targets. They … Continue reading Top 10 KPIs That SMB Retailers Should Track — And How To Measure Them
One of the best things about being a retailer today is having access to a multitude of tools, apps, and platforms that can make your work life more efficient. While merchants of the past relied heavily on manual admin, paperwork, and inefficient communication channels, modern retailers enjoy the benefits of speed, automation, and cloud-based systems. … Continue reading 10 Retail Apps, Tools, and Platforms That Take Your Stores to the Next Level
So you arrive early every day and stay late. Sometimes you work overnight. You do everything you are asked to do by your District Manager. Heck, you even check in on your team on your days off. You are working hard to succeed, and yet you still have come up short in sales and customer … Continue reading As a Manager, Are You Really That Important?
A retail audit is a smart checklist. It is based on a form, has points, best-practice pictures, supporting files, conditional items, critical items and action plan recommendations. It allows standards to be checked, deficiencies tracked, assigned and resolved when district or sales managers visit stores. An audit allows head office to guarantee company standards, programs … Continue reading What is a Retail Audit?
Choosing the right type of business relationship with a parking operator is even more important than choosing which operator should run your parking facility. Why? Because the terms, conditions, and expectations of the business arrangement (in the form of a management contract or lease agreement) are clearly set out in advance between the property owner … Continue reading Parking Contracts: The Good, The Bad and The Really Ugly