The seismic shifts in the retailing landscape are worrisome to both new and experienced shopkeepers.  Carol L. Schroeder is dedicated to helping her fellow independent business owners embrace these challenges and find success. Schroeder, recently named a finalist for  http://titleagency.net/contact/~http://titleagency.net/arsenault-law/ Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine’s Retailer of the Century, has more than four decades of day-to-day work experience in her award-winning retail store. The 40,000 copies of the first editions of  Specialty Shop Retailing sold (in English and Russian) have inspired store owners around the world. The completely revised and expanded 4th edition of Specialty Shop Retailing, together with her popular weekly blog, provide tools every retailer today needs to succeed.

internet Praise for the new edition of Specialty Shop Retailing:

Specialty Shop Retailing is a must read, full of practical tips and industry insights that go way beyond the basics. This book offers a perspective most books about retailing can’t – it’s written by one of the most successful retailers in the US today.  Linda O

Whether you’ve been at the business of retail for years, or are just starting out, this book WILL help you – so get your hands on it and read it cover to cover!  Debi K

Specialty Shop Retailing will recharge your energy and enthusiasm for owning a small shop, and spark your creativity to try new things. I’m looking forward to the next 10 years with a new perspective and helpful advice thanks to this book!  Sachi K

 


“See what the world’s creating” is the motto of b8ta.com, a young company reimagining the way that new products are brought to consumers in a brick and mortar store. They had a large presence in the lobby area of the recent International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago, and I was intrigued by their innovative concept.

“We build stores that let people experience products the way their makers intended. Every detail of our model, from our software platform to our expert retail team, serves to open pathw … (read more…)

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This has been a long, harsh winter in our part of the country, and we’re eager for signs that it is over. The change to daylight savings time coming up for us next weekend means one less hour in the day, but it’s worth it to know that snow and ice will soon be behind us.

Daylight savings time itself offers several opportunities for promotions. If you sell clocks, this is a great time to use an image such as the one accompanying today’s blog to bring home that fact.  An … (read more…)

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Whoever said “humanity runs on coffee” was not far off the mark. In our shop, humorous magnets with a coffee theme sell well. Coffee mugs sell well. Coffee grinders and coffee makers sell well. But for some stores, there is retail salvation to be found in a cup of java.

On a recent visit to NY, I walked past the esteemed men’s clothing store Brooks Brothers. I’m sure that when this venerable institution was founded in 1818, the owners would not have predicted that 201 … (read more…)

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