4 Types of Inspections that Protect Store Operations

Conducting store inspections (also called retail audits, store visits, or store walks) should be on every retailer’s agenda to protect store operations. Why? Store inspections promote higher overall compliance with brand standards, shrink the gap between stores and head office, and improve customer experience by ensuring merchandising, service, and safety standards are executed consistently. So … Continue reading 4 Types of Inspections that Protect Store Operations

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

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

What is Compliant IA?

July 2019 Customer Survey Results • 95% of Compliant IA customers report improved health and safety. • 92% of Compliant IA customers report improved execution of merchandising programs. • 92% of Compliant IA customers report saving time on store visits. • 91% of Compliant IA customers report a reduction in business risks. • 89% of … Continue reading What is Compliant IA?

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

Store Operations Checklist

To assist multi-unit retailers starting or improving their retail audit program, Compliant IA regularly publishes how-to guides, best practices, and checklists. Using a store operations checklist to regularly inspect your locations ensures brand standards are upheld and stores are running well. Use this sample Store Operations Checklist to create or update store standards or operations programs … Continue reading Store Operations Checklist

The Value Proposition of Smart Checklists

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

Your Piecemeal Retail Audit Solution is a Mess!

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!

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

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?

Loss Prevention Challenges in Retail

In retail today, every dollar counts. Shrink has a significant effect on a retailer’s bottom line. A recent study by the National Retail Federation (NRF) found an average shrink rate of 1.44%, costing "the overall U.S. retail economy $48.9 billion.” Below a list of 4 loss prevention challenges retailers are facing, and how companies can … Continue reading Loss Prevention Challenges in Retail

Case study: How a Risk Management Firm Used Location Audit Software for Safety Audits

Customer Privately owned UK insurance broker and their risk management partner specializing in safety analysis and legal compliance in construction and engineering sectors. Problem The customer required the flexibility to create and update numerous specialized forms based on client needs, record non-compliant safety issues in real time, track resolution and easily identify safety trends for … Continue reading Case study: How a Risk Management Firm Used Location Audit Software for Safety Audits

Pharmacy Inspection Checklist

To assist multi-unit retailers starting or improving their retail audit program, Compliant IA regularly publishes how-to guides, best practices and checklists. A Pharmacy Inspection Checklist helps ensure stores have the right systems in place to comply with regulations and health and safety standards. Combined with this sample Pharmacy Inspection Checklist with the Merchandising Checklist and Loss … Continue reading Pharmacy Inspection Checklist

Checklist for Wireless Authorized Retailers

To assist multi-unit retailers starting or improving their retail audit program, Compliant IA regularly publishes how-to guides, best practices and checklists. Use this sample checklist to create or update your wireless authorized retailer program across your retail locations. Checklists ensure that wireless authorized retailers merchandise and sell consistently with company standards and reseller contractual obligations. … Continue reading Checklist for Wireless Authorized Retailers

Convenience Store Industry, Interesting Facts and Trends

Through our business and research, we have come across a number of high-level facts and statistics about the c-store industry, its magnitude, direction, and emerging trends.  We thought they would be of interest to our customers and readers. There are lots of convenience stores! There are 152,794 convenience stores in the United States alone, one for every … Continue reading Convenience Store Industry, Interesting Facts and Trends