Closing Out Christmas: When to Pack Up Holiday Displays

Remember when the holiday displays went up before Thanksgiving? It seems that the holidays are starting earlier every year. This year I walked into a grocery store in October and saw Christmas items before Halloween had even passed. Holiday songs start streaming in stores as early as the beginning of November now, and it’s common Read More …

Using Your Holiday Windfall Wisely

The holiday season is major for retailers that want to rack up last minute sales before the calendar year ends.  With enticing holiday displays, promotions, and a strong marketing strategy, you can really boost your earnings before ringing in the new year. The next question is, what you will do with your holiday windfall? If Read More …

Don’t Let Theft Ruin Your Holiday Season and Beyond

  The winter holidays are the high point of the year for many retail outfits. As shoppers flood stores intent on finding the perfect gifts for family members and friends, retailers can boost sales for the year and prepare for the slump that inevitably follows in the wake of the new year. Of course, when Read More …

Successful Holiday Promos to Generate Leads and Encourage Patronage

The clamor of the holiday season means retailers face a lot of competition if they want to catch the attention of shoppers. Coming up with successful holiday promotions is no easy feat, but if you want to generate leads and encourage patronage during the heightened spending of the season, you need to find ways to Read More …

Holiday Gift Cards Are as Good as Gold

Kids are not afraid to tell you what they want. Whether it’s a birthday, Christmas, or Hanukkah, children always seem to have a laundry list of toys and games on their radar. When adults are buying for other adults, holiday shopping is a lot more difficult. Adults tend to purchase whatever they want or need Read More …

Preparing For Small Business Saturday Success

  You’ve heard of Small Business Saturday, but you’ve never joined in because you’re not an American Express merchant. Or perhaps you’re a late bloomer and missed the deadline for signing up with American Express. Not a problem! You don’t need to accept American Express or use their merchant materials to participate in this movement, Read More …

7 Tips To Attract More Customers To Your Store

In a sea of smartphones, tablets, and laptops it can be difficult for a brick-and-mortar retailer to lure people away from their screens and into a physical store. Many independent stores feel that they can no longer compete with online giants such as Amazon. However, a recent study by Google found that 93% of commerce Read More …

Is Cash Still King or More Trouble Than It’s Worth?

These days, there are plenty of ways for customers to pay for purchases, depending on the options you choose to offer at your retail store. Where cash and checks were once the only ways to pay, consumers can now buy on credit, use bank cards, or even use mobile phones to proffer payment. Still, you Read More …

Hot Design Trends to Update Your Store

Each year (and often, each season) brings a whole new host of tempting design trends that make you wish you had it in your budget to do a complete overhaul of your retail space. If only you’d known that navy blues and acrylic details would be in for 2017, you might have planned differently! As Read More …

Brushing Up on Old-School Fraud Prevention

These days businesses are primarily concerned with complying with applicable privacy laws to prevent data breaches and digital identity theft and fraud. If you run a retail location, however, you also have to worry about POS payments in cash. Just because paying with currency is becoming less common in this credit-driven world doesn’t mean that Read More …