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 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.

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

 

Curious about the future of independent retailing? 

The International Housewares Association has posted an audio version of my interactive session on this topic that was part of their Innovation Theater during the March, 2019 International Home and Housewares Show.  Just click on this link to listen.

 


As the countdown to 2020 continues, I am pleased to present more wise words about how to make the most of the coming decade.  These insights come from a veteran in the gift industry,  sales rep Gina Lempa of Gina Lempa and Associates.   Gina represents  Melrose International, Vickerman Co. and Tripar International in the Chicago area.  This year she celebrated her 25th year as an ind … (read more…)

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According to Deloitte’s predictions for this holiday season, 60% of all gift buying will come from high spenders.  These shoppers are defined a … (read more…)

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With 2020 on the horizon, I’ve invited a few leaders in the gift industry to talk about their predictions for the coming decade.  This week I’m pleased to feature Caroline “Keb” Kennedy, a dynamic woman I’ve known since she was my editor at Gifts and Decorative Accessories.  I continue to enjoy her leadership as the editor of PRESENT, a maga … (read more…)

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