Smart is the New Black

You have a smartphone, maybe a smartwatch. Smart appliances are everywhere and so are smart homes. So why are you using a dumb checklist to visit your stores? What is a dumb checklist? A dumb checklist is usually a "home brewed" piecemeal solution. This solution takes various forms but usually consists of Excel spreadsheets, free … Continue reading Smart is the New Black

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!

Choose Your Enterprise Vendors Wisely

Are you in business or procurement, responsible for selecting a cloud vendor to collect, process and/or hold enterprise data? If so, this post is for you. Key Venture capitalists like Fred Wilson are finally sounding a cautionary alarm on the availability of funding to startups. This includes B2B startups in the retail space. In the same article, … Continue reading Choose Your Enterprise Vendors Wisely

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 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 Software: Should you Buy or Build?

Thankful, a Message from the Compliant IA CEO

On October 21, 2016, our engineering team deployed the 250th release of the Compliant IA software. Our first release was on August 18, 2009. This means Compliantia has, on average, deployed a release every 1.5 weeks for the last 7 years. Our product team does not "dream up" new features. What we do is actually … Continue reading Thankful, a Message from the Compliant IA CEO

9 Ways to Turn Your Seasonal Employees into Top Performers

Keeping employees motivated is a challenge that retailers face all year round, but the task becomes especially difficult during the holidays when you’re dealing with seasonal staff. Why? Because unlike full-time employees, seasonal workers may not be as invested in your company and thus may not exert themselves fully. If you’re struggling with empowering your … Continue reading 9 Ways to Turn Your Seasonal Employees into Top Performers

Skip the Boardroom-ware and Try Before you Buy

You work for a retailer and have been tasked with finding software to meet a certain need. Our advice? Skip the boardroom-ware and try before you buy. What is “boardroom-ware”? You have seen it, far too often unfortunately. Boardroom-ware is software you can’t see, or touch. You are usually shown an arcane picture the size … Continue reading Skip the Boardroom-ware and Try Before you Buy