Management by Walking

Management by walking is a style of management that favors barrier-free chance encounters and face-to-face interactions. Nowhere is this more effective than in brick-and-mortar retail where the only outcome that ultimately matters, the end result of every other initiative and program, is whether the customer experience in the store is conducive to sales. Are your … Continue reading Management by Walking

Managing Retail Audit Expectations & Dealing With a Low Score

Scoring a store's compliance with operational, merchandising and service standards can elicit emotionally-charged reactions.  Most operators/franchisees take pride in their work and can struggle with a disappointing audit  score and district manager guidance.  Was the district manager too harsh or unfair?  Is my store really lacking in certain areas as the audit's score, notes and action plan suggest?  It … Continue reading Managing Retail Audit Expectations & Dealing With a Low Score

Connecting Retail Operations Professionals

The social media landscape is a powerful enabler for personal and professional advancement. It is however heavily fragmented. There are many networks and platforms to choose from. There is also a fair bit of “noise” in online communities: over-the-top self-promotion, irrelevant content and spam.  Where can a retail professional network with peers and find relevant, … Continue reading Connecting Retail Operations Professionals

Retail Audit Calibration – Purpose and Best Practices

At the heart of any successful retail audit program lies a well thought-out, field-tested form.  A form is a collection of operating standards and best practices.  What goes on the form is a reflection of what matters to the brand at a given point in time (strategic initiatives, seasonal programs, etc…), what it is required … Continue reading Retail Audit Calibration – Purpose and Best Practices

People vs. Forms – Retail Performance Requires Both

Structured form data and the district manager's own experience and personal touch (aka heuristics) are sometimes presented as alternative methodologies for the purpose of retail audits.  Structured data consists of largely yes/no answers to mostly static questions on a form.  When a district manager fill-out a form that rates the store against the brand's standards and … Continue reading People vs. Forms – Retail Performance Requires Both

10 Ways to Improve Store Execution

In-store execution is known to drive sales and cut costs.  But for these and other known merits of execution, how do you actually achieve it? 1. Seek clarity Define and describe standards clearly and unequivocally.  This point seems obvious but is often overlooked by overly succinct, sometime cryptic, copy used to define operational standards. The description … Continue reading 10 Ways to Improve Store Execution

Retail TouchPoints Solution Spotlight: Cloud-Based Compliantia Helps Retailers Streamline Auditing and Manage Compliance

Compliantia is proud to be featured on Retail TouchPoints today (March 24, 2011).  Below a snapshot of the article.  You can read the complete article, on the Retail TouchPoints website. Concept The process of retail auditing (also known as store visits and store walks) can be a daunting, manual task. Some organizations have devised their … Continue reading Retail TouchPoints Solution Spotlight: Cloud-Based Compliantia Helps Retailers Streamline Auditing and Manage Compliance