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

Scoring the team really makes it better!

You are a leader for a challenging retail company and the new year is upon you.  As you review last year’s performance, you notice areas where your team could have delivered more.  From margins to inventory turns, you need this year to be better. However, how many meetings can you have to send the same … Continue reading Scoring the team really makes it better!

“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

Are you Still Doing Retail Audits on Paper?

Paper is arguably an easy target. We are still waiting for the paper-less office that was promised decades ago. In the last 20 years, technology has enabled an exponential growth in communications and with it, the amount of information that eventually gets printed. Realizing it's an easy target, we do not want to attack paper … Continue reading Are you Still Doing Retail Audits on Paper?

Usability and Retail Systems

Usability and retail are two words that far too rarely end up in the same sentence.  Don't get me wrong, there are other, initially more important considerations for a business system.  Does it meet business and functional requirements? Is is maintainable and cost-effective?  But given the business requirements can met in a cost-effective manner, usability does indeed matter. A … Continue reading Usability and Retail Systems