Can You Find Good Employees?

There’s an old saying, “Youth is wasted on the young.” As an independent natural products retailer, you probably wish you could hire someone who...

Feng Shui is the Way

Running a successful retail outlet involves more than just carrying the right merchandise; you need to create a calm and inviting atmosphere for consumers....

Summer Improvement Project

If you can’t change your footprint, change what’s inside it.April. Your taxes are done. Flu season’s over, and supplement sales are cooling down. Unless...

Tip of the Month: The 2012 Retail Survey

It’s good to be big or small, but don’t mess with Mr. In-Between!For the third year in a row, I’ve been honored to assist...

Why Companies Should Invest in Good Web Design

According to Bob Phibbs, “The Retail Doctor,” on The Kinesis Blog, it takes less than 0.05 seconds for online users to form an opinion...

Rent or Own?

Should you take advantage of favorable real estate prices? Retailers usually lease their retail spaces because the cost of owning, developing and maintaining real...

Crush

Crush is the word that came to mind as I navigated Hall E, the lower level of Natural Products Expo West, in Anaheim, CA,...

Best Practices for Managing a Produce Section

The produce section can be a profitable department in any natural products business. While customers may come in to purchase supplements on a monthly...

What Is A Shopping “Experience”?

On its surface, shopping appears to be a perfunctory, repetitive routine that fills a need. Certain stores meet this expectation. If I am shopping...

Affordable Advertising: How to Spread the Word about Your Store for Less Money

The business world is competitive and marketing is everything. Promoting your store is crucial to drawing in consumers and developing your reputation. Advertising and...

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