Operations

Business 2 Business

Recently, we sat down with two retailers, Jamie Darling of Darling’s Fine Things in Newport, Arkansas and Marti Tolleson of Two Friends, in St. Simons Island, Georgia. They have formed a unique friendship over the... more »

Creating Customer Relationships

A woman came up to me after my keynote at a conference the other day asking how she could compete against online retailers. She relayed a story about how she spent time getting a shopper... more »

Ready… Set… Open (Part 2)

What’s in a name? If you are in retail, everything! The name of your store is the cornerstone of your brand. It will immediately suggest what folks will find inside or online. Not only that,... more »

Back to Basics

Foot traffic may be strong, inventory may be right and customer reviews online shout out that your store is stellar. Despite these strong attributes, however, sales don’t always add up to what you want them... more »

Plan Ahead by Looking Back

Reflecting on 2015 good way set goals for 2016 The start of a new year is a great time to assess what lies ahead as well as reflect on what you have most recently accomplished... more »

Broad-based coalition supports cotton amendment strengthening senate cybersecurity bill

A broad-based coalition of 10 associations led by the National Retail Federation sent a letter to Senate leadership in support of an amendment by Senator Tom Cotton to S. 754, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act... more »

Expert Christi Tasker makes sense of social media landscape during AmericasMart

Trying to stay up on social media can lead to social unrest for small to medium business owners. That’s why there are experts on the subject, such as Christi Tasker of PuTTin’ Out, a social... more »

Getting Social: Influence purchase decisions with viral content

When it comes to making a purchase decision, consumers generally follow a routine regardless if they are buying a big-ticket item or an everyday necessity. Although routines may vary, there are common steps that people... more »

Social Connections


Upcoming Trade Shows

June 2, 2018 - June 5, 2018

Showtime ITMA Market

High Point, NC
June 3, 2018 - June 5, 2018

ACRE Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV
June 6, 2018 - June 7, 2018

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LA Mart Spring Sample Sale

Los Angeles, CA
June 19, 2018 - June 25, 2018

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