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Store Operations Tips


Creating a Soundtrack for Your Retail Store

Tip #461 - Music Magic

Dear Tip of the Weeker,

Music conjures up intense emotions and can be as much a part of your store design as your paint, your fixtures, or your flooring.

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Using a Retail Planning Calendar

Tip #441 - Smarter Retail Planning

Dear Tip of the Weeker,

This week's Tip is inspired by a question asked on the Retail Mastery Group forum. Shannon writes,

"This seems like a very obvious question, but how do you plan sales figures by week? What I mean by this is, do you count Jan 1 - Jan 7 as week 1, or do you count starting with the first full week of the year?  This year, for example, would be Jan 2 - Jan 8. I may be over-analyzing this, but the more I think about it, the crazier it makes me!"

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Store Emergency Procedures for Fire, Flood, and Robbery

Tip #456 - Prepare for Mother Nature's Fury

Dear Tip of the Weeker,

No one wants to think about the bad stuff that can happen in life - like getting robbed, being struck by a devastating storm, or having a fire in your store - but the truth is that it could happen to you.

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Improve Next Year's Holiday Sales

Tip #438 - Recap Now, Be Rewarded Later

Dear Tip of the Weeker,

Quick! Before the lessons of Christmas 2010 inexorably fade from your memory...

It's time to capture in writing what happened over the past six weeks. One of my favorite sayings is, "If it ain't written, it ain't real!"

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The Retail Employee Task Checklist

Tip #448 - Turbo-Charge Your Checklists

Dear Tip of the Weeker,

The humble checklist can be a powerful business tool for getting things done - and getting them done the way you want them done, when you want them done.

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