Mentorship in Retail

The retail climate is mercurial to say the least. You may already feel overworked as you are required to do more with less. All the focus is on delivering results to stay competitive. How can you get the edge? How can you get the team to deliver? Keep in mind that positive or negative business … Continue reading Mentorship in Retail

6 Tips for Hiring a Retail District Manager

Any multi-store retailer would agree that having a competent district manager is critical to success. Tasked with overseeing the operations of all stores within a given district or area, a district manager needs to juggle several retail components, including staff development, compliance, sales, customer satisfaction, and more. Needless to say, the individual that you hire … Continue reading 6 Tips for Hiring a Retail District Manager

5 Tips for Dealing with Unsuccessful Retail Programs

It happens even to the best brands. You conceptualize and execute a retail campaign to get your product into customers’ shopping carts, only to see lackluster results. The campaign, to put it bluntly, flopped. It’s a frustrating position to be in, but how you handle and respond to program flops can help you learn and … Continue reading 5 Tips for Dealing with Unsuccessful Retail Programs

5 Consumer Trends for Brands (and How to Keep Up)

The CPG landscape is more competitive than ever. The shopping habits of consumers have changed dramatically over the last few years, and brands who fail to keep up risk losing marketshare to more innovative and forward-thinking companies. Don’t let this happen to you. Ensure that your brand stays relevant by keeping an eye on the … Continue reading 5 Consumer Trends for Brands (and How to Keep Up)

“Old School” Retail Sayings

Out with the old, in the new?  Not so fast!  "Old school" sayings often convey a tried-and-true wisdom that holds true now, as it did then.  Besides, as retail professionals, we tend to use them to reinforce the core and timeless values of our industry.  Recently, David Johnson, a member of our moderated group on LinkedIn District Managers and … Continue reading “Old School” Retail Sayings

10 Operational Failures That Hurt a Retailer’s Image and Sales

On this blog, we focus on retail best-practices and store execution. Our mission is to help retailers execute better as well as identify and correct issues that cause loss of goodwill and loss of revenue. A top 10 list of retail failures is relevant to the scope of our blog and our audience and we … Continue reading 10 Operational Failures That Hurt a Retailer’s Image and Sales

Successfully Implement Communication Channels Between Stores/CPG Field Reps and Head-Office

The need Most retailers implement some form of two-way communication between the stores and/or CPG field representatives and head office.  Typically these communication channels look like this: 1.  Head office needs to communicate  some information to all/some stores or field reps, in all/some regions in one or more languages (particularly important in officially bilingual countries … Continue reading Successfully Implement Communication Channels Between Stores/CPG Field Reps and Head-Office