Give It Up For Planning

Selecting the Right Charity Partnership

Walking into stores, it’s hard not to notice that many retailers have created a charity partnership. There are often people standing outside pitching their cause…or they…

The New Retail Countertrend: Burgers!

Creating Staying Power In A Competitive Marketplace

If we look around the world of retail today, we see a strong movement towards customers demanding locally sourced, all natural and sustainable goods and…

Stop Selling and Start Communicating

When The Hard Sell No Longer Works

Well, even in 2013, we at Retail Concepts are left scratching our heads. It seems to be a recent trend (to our dismay) that many…

My Journey Into the World of OTB (Part IV)

10 Open-to-Buy Takeaways

Top 10 Takeaways About Open-to-Buy Well friends, you have made it through our open-to-buy mini-series. Below are the 10 most important things we think you should…

My Journey Into the World of OTB (Part III)

The Importance of Planned Inventories and Sales

Why Plan in Retail? It is all starting to fall into place. I always knew it was important to operate a retail store with an…

My Journey Into the World of OTB (Part II)

Top 10 Inventory Management Terms

Today we are going to go over my TOP 10 inventory management terms and abbreviations: 1. OTB (also know as the big, bad Open-to-Buy) OTB…

My Journey Into the World of OTB (Part I)

Inventory Management Boot Camp

This month’s Shop Talk will be a 4 part mini-series focused on understanding the importance of planning and open-to-buy. Our newest team member, Sammy, will…

Shop Talk Award Winners

Celebrating Retailers That Are Doing It Right

We would like to thank all of you who participated in this year’s Shop Talk Awards! Without you and your awesome nominations, we wouldn’t be…

Shop Talk Awards 2013

It’s hard to believe just a couple days ago we rang in 2013! So in addition to wanting to wish each of you a happy…

What’s Going On Out There?

Sometimes trends take time before we can clearly see and identify them. We have been watching enclosed mall traffic and market share decline for 20 years now.…