Since 1983, I’ve spent at least part if not all of my waking hours on the day after Thanksgiving inside retail stores. While I spent the vast majority of those years working in the stores, the last few years have been spent studying customers in the retail buying experience. In the lead up to the …Continue Reading »
A major life event for an employee can affect her attendance. While having a baby fills parents with new-found joy, all new parents struggle to get a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep can take a toll on an employee and can result in a few extra days taken off here and there—missed days your …Continue Reading »
Small businesses in retail or any sector can often find themselves with good reason to apply for a loan in support of their activities and their prospects for future growth. Banks and other mainstream lenders though can be tough to persuade and to use as a source of credit these days, partly because of tough …Continue Reading »
2014’s Black Friday will be vastly different than its recent predecessors. The unemployment rate in the U.S. was 5.9 percent for September, down from 7.2 percent a year earlier, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That number also represents the lowest level of unemployment since July 2008. Moreover, market research firm Lundberg Survey found …Continue Reading »
Social media has emerged as one of the defining phenomena of the modern age and it is now used as much by businesses as by individuals in day-to-day lives. For retailers, the crossover between personal and professional use opens up a great deal of potential for subtle selling and the building of brand loyalty.
Here are …Continue Reading »