How Retailers can Create a Positive First Impression

When was the last time you made an assumption about something? Or someone? The reality is, assumptions are often made instinctively – whether they are right or wrong. It’s human nature to react to situations, experiences and even people despite not knowing anything about these scenarios. It’s fair to say that first impressions matter – … Continue reading How Retailers can Create a Positive First Impression

7 Tips to Increase Same-Store Sales in Retail

It goes without saying that retailers should always strive to improve same-store sales. Increasing your revenue (along with maintaining a healthy profit margin, of course) will lead to a thriving and growing retail business.  To that end, let’s look at some of the ways that you can boost your same-store sales.

The Evolution of Foot Traffic Analysis and How to Use It in 2020

Foot traffic analysis is helping brick-and-mortar stores gain the same rich customer insights e-commerce brands have been capitalizing on. When online shopping made headway, e-commerce brands had an upper hand in terms of data. They could track more than just how many people came to their site — they could look at how they interacted … Continue reading The Evolution of Foot Traffic Analysis and How to Use It in 2020

Holiday Prep Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

The holiday season accounts for 20% of the retail industry’s annual sales, and it is responsible for up to 30% of some individual retailers’ total sales. Are you prepared? The accompanying infographic, Small Business Holiday Prep Guide, is intended to serve as a holiday preparation checklist when it comes to two of the most important … Continue reading Holiday Prep Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

3 Ways to Support Retail Store Managers

Store managers are the backbone of your business. The right store manager can make a store a huge success, while the wrong manager can break a brand. This is why it's critical for head office to put a culture and systems in place to support store managers and help them achieve success. Remember, store managers … Continue reading 3 Ways to Support Retail Store Managers

5 Major Retail Trends for 2020 – and How to Capitalize on Them

The new year is (practically) here, and while we don’t have a crystal ball that can predict what will happen in the next 12 months, we’re certain that 2020 will be an exciting time for brands and shoppers alike.  Consumers are getting behind major issues such as sustainability, health and wellness, inclusivity, and more. In … Continue reading 5 Major Retail Trends for 2020 – and How to Capitalize on Them

How to Turn Underperforming Retail Associates into A-Players

Your front-line employees play a critical role in the success of your retail business. Sales associates are often the first live touchpoint the shoppers have with your brand when they walk into your store. They can influence a customer’s mood, shape their perception, and ultimately impact a shopper’s purchase decision.  For this reason, you need … Continue reading How to Turn Underperforming Retail Associates into A-Players

10 Point of Purchase Display Tips to Increase Retail Sales

A point of purchase display (aka POP display) is a critical sales and marketing tool for retailers and CPGs. POP displays can introduce and educate shoppers, encourage them to try a product, and ultimately drive sales. Point of purchase displays can also enhance a retail store. The best ones breathe life into your space, making … Continue reading 10 Point of Purchase Display Tips to Increase Retail Sales

Retail in Africa: Interesting Facts and Emerging Trends

Emerging technologies, a booming population, and rapidly developing economies are changing the retail landscape of Africa. Below,  interesting facts and trends shaping the future of African retail. Demographics and UrbaniZation Africa has the fastest rate of urbanization in the world, with more than 40% of its population currently living in urban centers. By 2030, Africa’s 18 … Continue reading Retail in Africa: Interesting Facts and Emerging Trends

5 Tips to Reduce Shrink in Retail

Shrink is a real threat to retail success. Every year, businesses across the globe lose around $100 billion to shrink, and the average shrink rate of 1.44% in the U.S. costs American retailers $48.8 billion annually. That’s a lot of money left on the table! Here’s the kicker: Most businesses are actually reducing their investment … Continue reading 5 Tips to Reduce Shrink in Retail

How to Become a District Manager — and What You Need to Succeed in the Role

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re interested in becoming a retail district manager.  Maybe you want to be in a management position that involves overseeing different teams and moving parts. Perhaps you’re passionate about the retail industry, and you’re eager to play a role in helping stores grow and succeed.  If that sounds like … Continue reading How to Become a District Manager — and What You Need to Succeed in the Role

Tips for Smooth Store Operations This Holiday Season

The holidays are a time of cheer, celebrations, and (unfortunately) stress. Days are busier, nights are longer and the overall well-being of yourself and your store staff is often compromised due to the extra demands that the holiday season brings. There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to preparing for this … Continue reading Tips for Smooth Store Operations This Holiday Season

Boosting Holiday Sales: Visual Merchandising Tips for the Golden Quarter

In-store sales accounted for 80% of all sales during the 2018 holiday season. That’s huge! And every retailer knows it. That’s why we see hints of Christmas and other winter holiday promotions creeping into stores as soon as the first leaves turn brown.  So how do you differentiate your brand and your products to customers … Continue reading Boosting Holiday Sales: Visual Merchandising Tips for the Golden Quarter

Visual Merchandising Checklist

To assist multi-unit retailers starting or improving their retail audit program, Compliant IA regularly publishes how-to guides, best practices and checklists. Eighty-six percent of retailers agree there is a correlation between well-executed visual merchandising and conversion rates. Using a Visual Merchandising Checklist in-store helps ensure your programs are executed on time and across all locations. Use … Continue reading Visual Merchandising Checklist

7 Holiday Merchandising Examples to Win Over Q4 Shoppers

We’re in the 4th quarter of 2019, and you know what that means — some of the year’s top holidays — Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas are upon us.  The National Retail Federation expects holiday sales to increase between 3.5% and 4.4% over 2019, citing the continued growth of the U.S. economy and a rise … Continue reading 7 Holiday Merchandising Examples to Win Over Q4 Shoppers

Miscommunication in Retail (And How to Fix It)

Miscommunication in retail happens. But when it happens in your stores, it feels like a surprise every time. It’s easy for HQ to miss out on essential information from physical stores––especially when your corporate headquarters is housed separately from your brick-and-mortar locations. If you feel like you’re dropping the ball on the communication front, you’re … Continue reading Miscommunication in Retail (And How to Fix It)

Sustainability & Stores: Realistic Tips You Can Begin Applying Today

Socially conscious customers make up a growing percentage of consumers who are – quite simply – ones retailers should not ignore. It’s important for merchants to understand and support this consumer audience – ultimately aiming to also support sustainability efforts along the way. To help retailers accomplish this, consider the below. Identify Small In-Store Strategies … Continue reading Sustainability & Stores: Realistic Tips You Can Begin Applying Today

Retail Best-Practices to Help You Streamline Store Operations

Nobody said running a retail business would be easy. Even the most conscientious retailer can get bogged down trying to juggle the tasks that comprise day-to-day responsibilities. That’s why business operations need to be approached strategically. From managing sales associates to keeping a fresh flow of inventory stocked on the shelves, you can cut costs … Continue reading Retail Best-Practices to Help You Streamline Store Operations