A retail audit is a smart checklist. It is based on a form, has points, best-practice pictures, supporting files, conditional items, critical items and action plan recommendations. Retail audits, also called store walks or store inspections, help execute brand standards, as well as identify, track and resolve deficiencies.
Retail audits let retail operators assign corrective actions and resolve issues before they damage their reputation and bottom line. Corrective actions ensure that deficiencies are promptly addressed and that brand standards, programs and policies are executed in full, on time, at every location.
Retail audits promote higher overall compliance with brand standards at the store level. By committing resources to brand standards, the operator demonstrates that compliance is a priority for the brand, for the customer experience, for the health and safety of customers and staff and for the financial performance of each and every location.
priorities and engagement
Completing the audit helps district managers and brand representatives reinforce brand standards, policies and guidelines to franchisees and store management. Retail audits are not a passive activity. They give head office and district managers the opportunity to engage with store management and employees, listen to feedback, and offer help and resources.
How to build a retail audit checklist
Now that we have discussed what it is, we want to help you build a retail audit checklist. Please refer to our How to build a retail audit checklist.
Retail Audit Checklists
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The definitive guide to retail audits
Do you want to take this to the next level? Our Retail Audits – The Definitive Guide is our most comprehensive collection of information about retail audits including why, who, when and how to conduct retail audits. Built by retail professionals for retail professionals.