Organizations, large and small, spend a lot of time thinking about leadership and team building. For the right reasons. Build and lead a good team, and you will prosper. Treat your employees well, coach and mentor them, and they will treat your customers well in return. Companies like Chick-Fil-A and Marriott International with cultures that … Continue reading 5 Ways Creativity is Essential to Your Business
Everything that customers perceive when they walk into your store falls under the category of retail merchandising –– from the curb appeal of your window display to customers’ experience with your POS system at checkout. By merchandising products in the right way, you can keep traffic moving throughout your store, maximize inventory visibility, and turn … Continue reading 5 Retail Merchandising Mistakes that are Killing your Sales
You have a smartphone, maybe a smartwatch. Smart appliances are everywhere and so are smart homes. So why are you using a dumb checklist to visit your stores? What is a dumb checklist? A dumb checklist is usually a "home brewed" piecemeal solution. This solution takes various forms but usually consists of Excel spreadsheets, free … Continue reading Smart is the New Black
Your retail business is inherently complex. It has many moving parts and a multi-faceted cost structure. Cost of goods sold, labor costs, leasing fees, hydro costs...these costs are real and have a direct effect on a store's bottom line. Control your costs and if you sell a product for which there is demand in the … Continue reading The Value Proposition of Smart Checklists
Many customers come to Compliant IA from a home-brewed retail audit piecemeal solution. This solution takes various forms but usually consists of Excel spreadsheets, free "surveys" and email. Combining disparate band-aid solutions together creates a big mess that is disruptive, expensive, and entirely avoidable. So how do you know your retail audit solution is a … Continue reading Your Piecemeal Retail Audit Solution is a Mess!
Whether you are a district manager, regional, territory, sales or cluster manager, you regularly have to visit the stores you are responsible for. Here are three ways you and your organization can save money on collecting and actioning store visit data. Consolidate Visits From Multiple Departments The needs of the merchandising department, the operations department, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Save Money on Store Visits in 2019
This year holiday spending is projected to jump 4.5% according to a report by the International Council of Shopping Centers. 20 to 40 percent of yearly sales for small and mid-sized retailers take place within the last two months of the year the National Retail Federation found. Bottom line, November and December are the most important months for … Continue reading How to Get Customers Offline and Into Your Stores This Holiday Season
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?
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?
Multi-unit retailers, consumer packaged goods manufacturers, and distributors are all struggling to accomplish more with less (fewer people, less budget, less time). Automation is widely considered the best way to make the most of limited resources, but how do you decide for yourself? We've compiled an updated guide to analyzing your buy vs. build dilemma. … Continue reading Retail Audit Software: Should you Buy or Build?