How to Use Site Inspections to Reduce Commercial Insurance Premiums

A site inspection keeps your business, employees and customers safe by identifying potential hazards and risks. Here are some tips on using site inspections to reduce commercial insurance premiums. While an insurance company will often send an inspector to survey the site when you insure a new property and business, taking a preemptive approach can … Continue reading How to Use Site Inspections to Reduce Commercial Insurance Premiums

How to Minimize Injuries and Liabilities in Retail: 9 Tips

No retailer likes to think about injured employees and customers, but it’s something that you need to consider and prepare for. Workplace injuries cost business owners and at least 1 billion a week — not to mention the tremendous hassle that comes with such incidents.  Simply put, accidents and injuries can land your business in … Continue reading How to Minimize Injuries and Liabilities in Retail: 9 Tips

4 Ways to Automate in Retail

Retailers are held to higher standards than ever before. The most successful brands are nimble, customer-first, culture-oriented, and efficient. That’s a tall order. And management staff are feeling the pressure. In fact, 72% of business managers are overwhelmed by their job. Retail automation empowers brands with better data, increased efficiency, and overall cost savings. It … Continue reading 4 Ways to Automate in Retail

How to Build a Retail Audit Checklist

Retail audits, also called Store Visits or Store Inspections, drive higher compliance with brand standards at store level. They increase sales and profit margins, boost customer satisfaction and cut business risks. So what should you in your retail audit checklist? What you include in your retail audit checklist depends on the program you want to … Continue reading How to Build a Retail Audit Checklist

Improving Accessibility: How Retailers Can Improve Online and Offline Access for Customers

A grocer was cited for failing to keep an accessible checkout lane open. A coffee shop was fined for not maintaining clear space on the transaction counter. A restaurant, bar and antique shop, all were cited for refusing to allow a service animal inside. Those are just a handful of retail locations that recently settled … Continue reading Improving Accessibility: How Retailers Can Improve Online and Offline Access for Customers

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8 Ways Retailers can Streamline Store Communication and Execution

Running a retail store is complex, and it might be difficult to know just where to start when you’re smoothing out your processes. But making retail operations run more efficiently should be at the top of every retail executive's to-do list, and the tips below will get you on the path to streamlined success. 1. … Continue reading 8 Ways Retailers can Streamline Store Communication and Execution

A Retailer’s Guide to Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been around for nearly 30 years. Although there is virtually no area of American business that has remained untouched by the landmark legislation, retailers especially have to be careful about how they comply with it. Serving the public means accommodating everyone — regardless of their physical limitations. Even … Continue reading A Retailer’s Guide to Compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act

Why use Checklists and Inspections in Retail?

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 Why use Checklists and Inspections in Retail?

3 Ways to Save Money on Store Visits in 2020

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 2020

What is a Smart Checklist?

A smart retail 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 retail checklist is typically built online with a Form Builder or in … Continue reading What is a Smart Checklist?

10 Retail Apps, Tools, and Platforms That Take Your Stores to the Next Level

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

Retail Audit and Store Communication Software: Should you Buy or Build?

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 and Store Communication Software: Should you Buy or Build?

Relief for 4 Pain Points in Retail Operations

Do you, the retailer, suffer from chronic pain? Organizational, operational and systemic pain? This pain hurts your sales, increases your costs and damages your brand. It hurts you financially, slows you down operationally, puts your business at risk. Do you need relief?  Read on. Pain point #1: Relying on “theory”. Theory is what head office … Continue reading Relief for 4 Pain Points in Retail Operations