Last December, PopShop’s Annual Winter Market certainly popped. The local indie market is held twice a year in the summer and winter, and features dozens of local retailers, makers, and businesses. Held in a event space locally known as “The Warehouse,” the market all but stopped traffic downtown from 10am – 3pm in Fairfield, CT. […]
A new year, a fresh start – there’s no better time to take a step back and evaluate your business. Hopefully you finished the year with a strong holiday sales season. No matter where you landed last year, there’s always room for improvement. Take advantage of the slower winter months to revamp your store operations, […]
Small Business Saturday (SBS) was a record-breaking success during the 2018 holiday season. Total reported spending among U.S. consumers who said they shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on the day reached a record high of an estimated $17.8 billion. Based on the annual Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey from American Express and the […]
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 Raméz Baassiri While public corporations attract more media attention, family businesses also make a major impact on the U.S. and world economies. Family firms comprise more than half of all U.S. companies and generate at least 50 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product, according to the Harvard Business School. And, two-thirds of businesses […]
Over the summer, the Trump administration garnered a lot of attention over talks of a “trade war” with China and the prospect of the United States pulling out of NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement). Now that the holiday season is just about here, shoppers and businesses alike are taking a harder look at […]
by Justin Hoopes, owner Think BIG In my 10 years selling on Amazon and consulting with other sellers, I have encountered several circumstances of sellers with good intentions getting shut down. To avoid making the same mistakes, detailed below are the different circumstances that led to their store getting shut down and what the implications […]
The results are in for The National Retail Federation’s annual America’s Retail Champion of the Year. Florida retailer Lisa Mergel, owner of Kanvas, a boutique day spa and beauty products store in Tallahassee, was honored with the award at the 2018 Retail Advocates Summit on September 5th and 6th. The ARC program celebrates small business […]
While Stanley Marketplace may meet the technical definition of a “mall” it feels wrong to use that term. Take the general concept of a mall, flip it upside down, shake everything out, and start from scratch.
This article will inspire you to make some simple changes to your retail environment to improve sales and develop loyal and satisfied customers.