Census Data For Indys

According to data released from the U.S. Economic Census, overall sales at independent retailers grew by about four percent, after adjusting for inflation, between 2002 and 2007. The bad news: chains grew faster and independents still lost market share, falling from 31 to 28 percent of consumer retail spending. This decline in market share, however, […]

Supply Chain Strategies

To-Increase, a provider of Microsoft Dynamics solutions for retailers and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, provides retailers with proven supply chain management strategies to consider this year with its latest blog post, “5 Retail Supply Chain Management Strategies.” For inspiration in writing the blog post, author, Will Roche, industry market development director at Microsoft Dynamics, […]

Dollar General Expands

Dollar General Corp. has announced plans to create 6,000 new jobs in 2011 as it opens 625 new stores. The Goodlettsville, TN based company says the new stores and jobs will be spread among Dollar General’s existing 35 state operating area, as well as three new states: Connecticut, Nevada and New Hampshire. “Bringing our store […]

New Report Finds Retailers Say Store Expansion High on Agenda for 2011


With confidence high and rising, store owners are looking forward to growing their businesses in the year ahead.

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Report: Holiday Retail Hiring Was Up Significantly Over 2009


Retailers both large and small saw huge hiring gains in the recent holiday season. Now the hope is that the trend continues.

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Generating More Cash

With 32 years of retail experience under their belts, authors, Bill Scott and James Hawkins have chronicled a seven year project to link retail stores to headquarters, suppliers and trading partners, using “cloud computing” and the Internet. In their new book, “Turning Convenience Stores into Cash Generating Monsters,” the duo tell how large retailers like […]

Hiring The Best Employees

Employee retention and turnover can be an independent retailer’s constant headache. However, it doesn’t have to be, if you take some careful steps when looking for new staff, and make sure you hire the best person for the job. “The best employees don’t just walk in and ask for a job, usually because they’re already […]

Specialty Store Services Has Everything Retailers Need To Grow


Whether it’s racks, hooks, pegs, bags, packaging or more, this Chicago-based store-supplier has what you want.

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Spin Display Shows Products While Keeping Them Safely Locked Up


Have a lot of high-value product you’d like to show your customers? Now you can, without the fear of it being shoplifted.

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Retailers Find Advantage of Disabled Workers


In a tight economy, hiring the disabled might not be a first choice for many. But new research indicates that they’re loyal, hard workers worth a second look.

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