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How to Keep a Declined Credit Card from Ruining Your Retail Operation

Lines are long, schedules are packed and tempers are often short during the busy, and critical, holiday shopping season as consumers rush to take advantage of deals, meet deadlines and cram roughly 20% of the year’s spending into a mere few weeks.  As such, a great deal of pressure is placed upon retailers to efficiently [...]

Android vs. iOS: What the Choice Says About Your Customers

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is one of the most common tests to distinguish the four dichotomies of personality. It is used by psychologists, marketers and economists to identify characteristics that would lead to consumer decision outcomes. Show More Summary

The 4 Characteristics of a Great Manager

Small retail business owners face a variety of demands. Products, services, employees, finances, customers, facilities, marketing – all require careful tending. That tending can be all encompassing. 80 hour weeks are common! Keeping all of those “plates” spinning takes time, energy, and dedication. The “bad news” is there is one more demand that requires attention [...]

Museum Store Association Retail Conference and Expo Set for April 2015

December 22, 2014 – DENVER – The Museum Store Association (MSA) will hold its annual Retail Conference & Expo April 17-20, 2015 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn. The 2015 MSA Retail Conference & Expo offers four days of dynamic learning sessions, learning excursions and the opportunity to connect with more than 200 [...]

No more lines in the cafeteria with automated cashier

Mashgin computer cashier recognizes different food items as well as any human would

The gift of appreciation (and a bonus game for after Christmas)

Here are two different articles for you. The first one is about gratitude and the holidays. The second one is a game you can use to help turn returns and exchanges into bigger sales. Enjoy! When I was a store...

How To Help Men Buy Like A Hero During The Retail Holidays

It’s the week before Christmas Eve. I love this week as a retailer. All the planners have purchased - with their lists of “must have” items that unless you had it- they were out the door. The guys are now considering going shopping... On...Show More Summary

2015 Retail Real Estate Trends – Q&A With Paul Schlesinger

The retail industry’s evolution has accelerated over the last decade, as brick and mortar retailers face competition from online retailers and consumers continue to demand new ways of interacting with brands. Nowhere are these changes more apparent than in retailers’ Read on! ?

And Who Said Brick and Mortar Was Dead? Store Openings Reach New Heights

With all the hype around online and digital, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. So let’s clear it up. Even as our world and our shopping experience becomes more digital, brick and mortar stores are still and will continue Read on! ?

Retail Minded Recognized as “TOP BLOG” By National Hardware Show

December 18, 2014 – Parker, CO - The hardware retail industry involves a wide array of products, from spray-foam insulation and miter saws to small kitchen appliances and decorative candles. But did you among that dust and hardware are busy merchants that refer to Retail Minded to gain retail insight? The Retail Minded Blog is [...]

Five Tips to Build a Brand in 2015

For the past seventy years, business branding has been largely guided by principles developed in the 1950s and 1960s, when there were only three television networks, messaging through advertising was easy to control, and information flowed from a few “trusted” news sources to millions of people. This one-to-many model of information flow has been upended [...]

How to Increase Retail Sales – Three Tips

In some ways, brick and mortar retailers have a finite client base. After all, there are only so many people who can walk into the store on a given day. While marketing can certainly impact that number, your focus can’t be just about attracting new customers. Show More Summary

Heritage Ohio and Retail Minded Renew Partnership

Parker, CO – December 17, 2014 –Heritage Ohio and Retail Minded have renewed their partnership in a continuing effort to better support the independent businesses and retailers within Ohio. We are thrilled to once again welcome Heritage Ohio as a Retail Minded Partner. It’s an honor to support their communities and small businesses, and we [...]

I Said, Some People Are Born Gay, Lost A Reader and I'm Fine With It

I lost a reader today because I included the following sentence… …”It implies being a good salesperson is something you are born with, like being left-handed, or double-jointed or being gay.” How do I know I lost them?

Fueling the fire: Motivating your staff over the next week

One of my favorite analogies at this time of year is comparing the task of motivating and inspiring our teams to a fireman's job on the old steam engine locomotives. In the early days of railroading, a person called the...

Rewarding Customer Loyalty Without Sacrificing Retail Profits

Luxury shoppers like special, in-person treatment during their shopping experiences. That’s why they prefer brick and mortar stores to online shopping - it’s hard to get a meaningful interpersonal experience from a web browser or app. Standing...Show More Summary

Tech and Marketing Tools Small Retailers Need To “Unlock” This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for holiday shoppers. This year, holiday sales are predicted to rise approximately 4 percent, according to the National Retail Federation. That increase means great opportunity for independently-owned retailers. Keeping that in mind, ask yourself, is your small business ready to handle the big holiday rush? It can be with the help of [...]

Every Retail Customer Has A Holiday Story - This Is Mine

I always wanted to be the great uncle. You know, the one who really made something special for a kid during the holidays. Probably because I didn’t have someone like that and I wanted to reparent myself. One Christmas, knowing how my...Show More Summary

Shipping Made Simple This Holiday Season

If you want to cater to all your customer’s needs, then offering shipping is a no-brainer this holiday season. After all, who has time for the post office these days? Your customers are busy and looking for one-stop shopping destinations… whether you want to admit it or not. That means your big-box competitors – yes, [...]

Illinois Retail Merchants Association and Retail Minded Form Partnership

Parker, CO – Dec 13, 2014 –The Illinois Retail Merchants Association and Retail Minded have formed a Premier Level Partnership in a continuing effort to better support the independent businesses and retailers within the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. Show More Summary

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