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.

 


Time clocks will soon have gone the way of the buggy whip (although as specialty retailers, we realize there is probably still niche market somewhere even for those).  Now that all of our employees have smart phones, the modern way of scheduling and tracking employees seems to be through a mobile app, sometimes combined with a POS system’s payroll component.

There are a number of staff management programs on the market – some are free, and others charge a monthly fee. Here … (read more…)

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Family funds, bank loans, credit cards – where do you turn for money to finance your inventory? These have long been the big 3 sources of financing for independent retailers. In fact, many of us haven’t ever heard of fintech. The term (short for financial technology) refers to companies providing financial services to businesses using software and modern technology. Check out Fintech Weekly, a website listing conferences and other resources, to learn more about … (read more…)

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The 4th season of the popular TV comedy Schitt’s Creek features one of the main characters opening a “wellness” gift shop called Rose Apothecary. David and his partner Patrick start with a collection of local body products and eventually expand into wine, cheese, and home décor.

When business is slow (Sea … (read more…)

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