Independent Retail

Staycation: A Retailer’s Guide to Making the Shopper’s Summer a Real Trip

Millions of shoppers and their families embrace the idea of Staycations over the summer. They make their own fun close to home—and smart retailers ought to join in. This infographic created by Medallion Retail introduces you to the average Staycationer and provides some unique ideas for retail displays that are sure to [...]

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Use Pop-up Shops to Drive Holiday Foot Traffic

photo credit: designwire.interiordesign.net What is a pop-up shop?A pop-up shop, also known as flash retailing, is a small, temporary store that “pops up” somewhere for either one day or up to several weeks. Pop-up stores usually sell either new or limited edition items; it’s also becoming popular to sell holiday items in [...]

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Tis the Season for a Jolly Window Display

photo credit: zimbio.comThey don’t say “tis the season” for nothing! Christmas is the most popular holiday and you should use this to your advantage! People are in the holiday spirit and everyone’s thinking about buying presents. You obviously want them to step into your store, but how do you get them to choose yours from [...]

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TIPS FOR RECEIVING YOUR MERCHANDISE ORDERS

Whether you are a distributor or a retail merchant, you are constantly receiving product that you have ordered. In our customer service department we receive calls daily where our customers call in to tell us they didn’t receive a product or they got the wrong item in their order.If you call right away, in most instances [...]

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ARE TRADES SHOWS ESSENTIAL TO YOUR BUSINESS?

How do you find new products to sell in your store? Do you attend every trade show in your area or even travel hundreds of miles to see what is new? As a Marketing Manager, I have attended trade shows all over the east coast. I find them very informative, vastly stocked with thousands of booths and vendors, which can be [...]

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How to Store Paper Bags and Other Packaging

In your shop, space is at a premium. As a result, the question of where and how to store your packaging is always a top issue. The simple answer of course is that it depends on your setup. That answer however, is obviously not helpful so we're going to go over a few common scenarios.The most common solution is to store [...]

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Importance of customer feedback

In business one of the most important barometers for how your company is performing can be determined by answering a simple question; “Are my customers happy?” However, many businesses do not take the time to actively solicit feedback from their customers. Most customers will not go out of their way to reach out to the [...]

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Taking time to disconnect

As technology evolves, so do the challenges of running a business. In the past, staying connected and keeping a pulse on your day to day business meant making sure you have a constant presence in your office and lots of face time with your employees. The invent of email and smart phones has drastically limited this issue [...]

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The Great Paper Gift Bag Glossary

Unless you work in the packaging industry you might be inclined to think that “gift bags”, “shoppers” and “merchandise bags” are all synonyms. In every day vernacular that might do, but when you’re trying to find that perfect piece of packaging, knowing the difference can make all the difference. To help you out we’ve put [...]

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TO CHAT OR NOT TO CHAT

If you are one of the many shoppers who rely on the internet to either search for or to buy products, I’m sure you have come across the little dialog box that says, “Do you want to chat”  Or “Is there anything I can help you with?”  And the box doesn’t go away; it just stares at you and rings a bell if you don’t answer in [...]

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