What to Look for in the Perfect Shopping Bag

Retailers put a lot of thought into product manufacturing, packaging, and store displays. All of these elements are an essential part of attracting consumers, making sales, and developing a loyal customer base. What you might not initially give much thought to is the shopping bags you provide. Shopping bags, however, can contribute to the customer Read More …

How to Spread the Word about Your Grand Opening

A grand opening is an opportunity for your retail store to make a splash, grab attention, and wow customers. You want to make a big impression on the community, so you can bring in customers and encourage ongoing patronage and trusted referrals. To get the most out of your grand opening, it’s important to prepare Read More …

Checking out your Competition

In this day and age, competition in retail comes from every direction. From big box stores carrying a vast amount of merchandise to the internet providing anything imaginable at the touch of a button, getting ahead can be a challenge. Knowing exactly what you are up against will shed light on ways you can improve Read More …

How to Maintain Your Retail Space When Spring Showers Bring Messes Indoors

April showers bring May flowers, but they can also bring in shoppers dripping on displays and tracking mud all over your retail space. This doesn’t make for the most attractive (nor inviting scene); a dirty store can definitely send some customers heading right back out the door. Unfortunately, there are only two real solutions. One Read More …

The Draw of Chalkboard Signs

So often retailers hear the importance of being “on brand.” With large online retailers gobbling up sales it can be difficult to get new customer in your store and provide them with a unique experience. Now, more than ever, it is important to match the feel of your bricks and mortar store with that of Read More …

The Importance of a Door Chime

Sometimes it can be the smallest change in retail that can make large impacts. Take door alerts, an often forgotten part of the retail experience. Have you ever considered the effect a simple door chime might have on your business? Let’s dig a little deeper into the power of door chimes. A door chime works Read More …

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 …

Time for Reflection: Planning for the Next Holiday Season

The holidays are over. You can now take a collective breath of relief now that the chaos has passed. Don’t get too comfortable, now is the perfect time to think about next year’s holiday strategy. Taking an honest look at what worked and what missed the mark this holiday season puts you ahead for next Read More …