In April, employees of Stop & Shop, a grocery chain in New England, went on strike for eleven days. However, there was one notable exception. Marty, Shop & Shop’s newest employee, continued his work in the stores’ aisles. Marty is also a robot. At the beginning of the year, Stop & Shop deployed Marty the […]
Turning casual browsers into confirmed purchases is one of the biggest challenges for online sellers. The average conversion rate for a brick and mortar store varies between 15 – 30 percent. That may be lower than you were expecting. But, the truly shocking fact is that average conversion rates for online stores are between 1 […]
It is not enough just to stock your store with apparel and accessories for the new season, you need strategies to move those products. Spring is a time for new beginnings, and there’s no better time to reinvent your store and optimize for sales. Here is a step-by-step guide for increasing apparel sales in your […]
Every year, Independent Retailer turns to the experts and asks “What’s Next?” Read on for industry expert takes on challenges retailers will face in 2019, where retailers should focus their energy, how to shake things up this year, and what to prioritize. What will be the biggest challenges retailers face in 2019? Are these […]
by Simon Mitchell, Action Storage It might not seem so obvious to the customer, but there is a delicate, tactical science to arranging products in a retail space in order to boost the visual appeal of your products and, ultimately, boost your profits. We’ve narrowed it down to three vital areas with the greatest potential […]
by Rich Kizer & Georganne Bender It’s that time of year again: The fourth quarter – the Golden Quarter – a crucial time for every retailer. The Golden Quarter is traditionally when most retailers go from being in the red to being in the black. You just can’t afford to mess up because there are […]
How annoying is it to buy a piece of clothing online, not like the way it fits, and then go through the hassle of sending it back? And often you have to pay extra shipping fees out of your own pocket. This isn’t the ideal situation for loyal customers, and that’s why Amazon’s “try before […]
Now that you have lots of great fall merchandise in stock, it’s time to sell! Here are a few quick tips to keep your sales strong throughout the season.
There are a lot of considerations that go into crafting the perfect holiday spirit, and likewise, the perfect shopping experience. Shoppers engage with your brand through all of their senses, so it is important to utilize every opportunity to create a lasting impression.
Back to school shopping is still largely done in stores because of the bonding experience school shopping creates between parent and child. Yet, many retailers are not capitalizing on this idea. For winter holidays, for example, many retailers host gift wrapping events, happy hour shopping, and pop-up markets.