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. Maybe you are starting a retail audit program from scratch. Maybe you have an existing program and are looking to improve or automate your … Continue reading How to Build a Retail Audit Checklist

Accessibility Checklist for Retailers

An estimated 61 million Americans deal with some type of disability. It's critical to ensure your stores are accessible to all individuals. Using an accessibility checklist is a great place to start to see what efforts are already in place and how you can improve accessibility across all stores. Use this sample Accessibility Checklist for … Continue reading Accessibility Checklist for Retailers

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?

Lexicon for Retail Audits and Brand Standards

Why a lexicon? Many industries have their own vocabulary to describe the various facets and nuances of their trade. Retail audits (also called store walks or store inspections) are no exception. Since we could not find a suitable lexicon for retail audit terms, we built one. This lexicon is based on our interactions with retailers … Continue reading Lexicon for Retail Audits and Brand Standards

The Mighty Action Plan

What is an action plan? When the district manager walks a store/location, she is bound to find issues. Even the best and most diligent operators make mistakes occasionally. Brand standards exist for a reason: they protect the brand and make locations more inviting to guests and more profitable. The action plan is an opportunity to … Continue reading The Mighty Action Plan

Do You Need Experienced District Managers or Checklists?

So you want to check brand standards across your business, to all franchisees and locations. What do you do? Do you rely on your district managers, their experience and personal touch or do you deploy checklists for all to follow? Maybe the answer is not so black and white. Let's dive in. Checklists largely consist … Continue reading Do You Need Experienced District Managers or Checklists?

Who Benefits from Retail Audits?

Sure, retail audits drive sales, increase customer satisfaction and mitigate risks in multi-unit retail. But how exactly will retail audits benefit you?  Here are some of the benefits you might expect from retail audits. Head Office Lower total cost of ownership than Excel™ and paper-based visits.  Home-grown solutions are often lacking and needlessly expensive. Increase … Continue reading Who Benefits from Retail Audits?

Great Sandwich. Lousy Washrooms.

I have a bone to pick with some of my favorite QSR brands. It’s not the menu. It’s not the service. It’s not the seating, the parking lot nor the drive-thru. Quick service restaurants have obviously poured money, systems and processes in key areas and it shows. But when nature calls, or when I want … Continue reading Great Sandwich. Lousy Washrooms.

Misconceptions about Brand Standards

Let's be completely honest. Are your franchisees, stores and locations really on top of brand standards? A survey by the In-Store Implementation Network tried to measure an aspect of this question, in this case merchandising, and asked retail professionals how they measure performance of in-store merchandising. Twenty-eight percent of those surveyed responded that they "make … Continue reading Misconceptions about Brand Standards