Opening a Seasonal Store

Opening a seasonal store offers a host of issues that permanent stores don’t always face. From a short season to finding employees, seasonal stores can present real challenges to retailers. There are, however, some things you can do to better prepare. In a tourist town, knowing your customers and understanding that you may only have Read More …

Optimizing your Slatwall Using Slatwall Accessories

Slatwall is an integral element in many retail stores. Slatwall allows for quick, cost-effective, changes in displaying merchandise. Are you getting the most from your slatwall, though? Knowing how to optimize your slatwall opens up new opportunities to display merchandise in an eye-catching way and to best use the space in your store. The easiest Read More …

Update the Look of your Store

Often, as retailers, we grow comfortable in our own spaces and forget to take a hard look at our own stores. Looking inward can be difficult for a number of reasons—the biggest is often time. With inventory, scouting new merchandise, managing staff, keeping up on payroll and the 100 other tasks, small business retailers deal Read More …

Small Spaces, Lots of Products

As retailers, we get excited about finding the perfect space for our stores. It doesn’t matter if we are opening our first store ever, or have moved a few times for a better location; finding the perfect space is so important. Just because a space feels right, and offers great visibility, plenty of foot traffic, Read More …

The Consumer-Centric Experience: It’s Still About Exceptional Customer Service

Creating a distinguished retail operation can seem daunting to smaller merchants. Whether it’s economic uncertainty or what seems like an entirely new language emerging from the marketing technology du jour, the alphabet soup of all-things-retail is constantly swirling. Except for one thing: customer service. As the old song reminds, everything old is new again. Actually, Read More …

Signing Your Way to Success

What is one of the fastest, most effective way to attract shoppers to your business? The answer may surprise you: Quality signage. While many retailers think of signs as a tactical necessity—and an often expensive one at that–what is missed is the overall strategic value that effective signs offer a small business. Elevating these critical Read More …

Gondola Shelving Displays: They Are Not Just For Convenience Stores Anymore!

Gondola displays are a versatile display system that you can customize for the unique needs of your store. With hundreds of display accessories to choose from, a few of them are Specialty Store Services exclusives, you can create the perfect display for your store. Do you want to display and merchandise clothing and apparel accessories? Read More …

A Common Retail Challenge: Keeping Shoes Straight

Just mention the words ‘shoe section’ to the average retail store operator and you may receive an angry look in return—and likely a few mumbled words of frustration as well. Many store owners and operators quickly become frustrated with their shoe section as they find that it is difficult (if not impossible) to keep organized, Read More …

Show Your Appreciation

A little appreciation can go a long way with customers. When was the last time someone showed they appreciated you? Do you remember how it made you feel? From a simple “thank you” to a small gesture, showing appreciation is a way of saying that you care. While is this common in our personal lives Read More …

Make It Personal

As a retailer, you have a lot of competition. With so-called ‘big box’ stores, with online retail giants and other local businesses it can be difficult to get ahead. In other words, the competition is literally all around you, in every direction. So how do you stand out from such a big crowd? By going Read More …