Using your passion to improve your sales

Most retailers I work with, didn’t open their retail store because they love selling, or are really great sales people. They opened their store because they have a passion. It might be a passion for a particular product that they want to share with the world, or for a hobby that brings them so much joy. But it’s usually not … Read More

Are You A Frog?

Are You a Frog? Warts and all? If I were to ask you: Are you a frog? Warts and all? I’m going to guess that your immediate response is: “NO! And I don’t have any warts!” But are you sure? We all know the story about the frog and boiling water. It goes that if you put a frog in … Read More

Do you have Shiny New Object Syndrome?

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We live in truly amazing times. Technological advances are making things possible we never even could have dreamed about just a decade or two ago – Like social media, cloud based computing, iPads and virtual assistants like Google and Alexa. (What’s your fav command? Mine is “Alexa play Taylor Swift’s new album from Spotify”) But with all the opportunities this … Read More

How to create more time in your day

Create More Time So That Your Business Is Fully Supporting YOU | RETAIL Mavens Small Business Retail Consulting | Chicago Online Support

Create More Time So That Your Business Is Fully Supporting YOU | One of the top reasons people give for why they haven’t achieved their goals, started or completed a project, or spent time on a hobby they really enjoy – is that they don’t have enough time. RETAIL Mavens Small Business Retail Consulting | Chicago Online Support

How to change what isn’t working

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results.”– Albert Einstein We all know that famous quote, right? It’s one of my favorites. But knowing it, and living it are two different things. Is there something you don’t like about your life or your business right now? Would you like to have more time … Read More

The life of a Richer Retailer

Imagine… Being completely rested. Feeling good. Being fully supported – emotionally, physically and financially.Spending your time wisely, on what you love most.Indulging in exquisite foods. Feeling inspired by your work. Laughing often.Loving your surroundings. Feeling rich. In every sense of the word. This is what it means to be a Richer Retailer. And you are allowed to want it all. … Read More

And now just a little of that human touch (Part 3 of 3)

First, pat yourself on the back. I know that looking at reports can be confusing …. and frustrating. There is no shortage of numbers and data to access, the problem is knowing what to do with it. By completing the RETAILMavens Richer Retailer Vendor Scorecard you are taking action towards a successful season, and improved cash flow, and THAT sets … Read More

A powerful report you are probably NOT evaluating (Part 1 of 3)

To make the best decisions possible when going to market or placing orders for an upcoming season, you need to come prepared. Of course you’ll want to have your Open To Buy plan (OTB) which tells you how much you should be spending on new inventory, based on your sales history and projections. But your OTB plan is only one … Read More

Why dollar tables should always be in a successful sale!

What if I told you that I have a foolproof way to say “Take my $10!”?  Retailers are always amazed that one small tweak can make a huge difference to your bottom line, but that’s what sooo exciting about applying the science of consumer psychology to your marketing, merchandising and team training. This particular strategy I’m about to share with … Read More