What To Do When People…Talk

How to Manage Online Reviews

Fact check: we live in the 21st century. People are able to communicate via multiple channels and can find (almost) anything they are looking for…

10 Things You Should Do This January

Retail Planning Checklist

The holiday season has come and gone, and now you are now dealing with the *nightmare* of Christmas past — the organizing of decorations, returns…

Measure Twice, Cut Once

The Importance of Product Testing

This is a letter from your customer re: product testing **.  I looked to you for advice. I read your attribute signage. I believed you,…

Did I Shrink These Jeans In The Wash?

The Long and Short on Shrinkage

This month we want to talk about something that’s feared (not loved) in retail and we want to tackle this topic head on. SHRINKAGE! Don’t shrink…

Why January Is The Perfect Time To Start Planning

Three Reasons to Begin Inventory Planning Early

The ball dropping signifying 2014 can only mean one thing for retailers, time to take a (dreaded) inventory. As you get ready to scan, count…

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…