What Is The First Thing You Should Pay in 2017?

The start of a new year is filled with hope and promise, right? Like you, I am very visual. The new year reminds me of a bright shiny new penny or a beautiful pristine landscape covered in snow. There is one thing that you have to pay to keep your hope alive for increased profits for 2017. You have to … Read More

The 3 Keys to “Clear it Out” Cash Flow Nirvana

Do you know The 3 Keys to “Clear it Out” Cash Flow Nirvana? 1. There’s no crying in retail. Every once in a while, you may find that you made a mistake in your buying. Maybe you reordered just one too many times. Perhaps you ordered something in 3 colors and one was just plain ugly! You might have ordered too … Read More

The 3 Reasons You Have “Can’t Clear it Out” Chaos

1. You are not the Humane Society. Anything in your store that you are sick of looking at? Why the heck hasn’t anyone bought it? It’s wonderful! The item (and others) have just been here too long. But why mark it down? The problem isn’t the item. The problem is that the right person hasn’t walked through the door. What … Read More

Q&A Time

You all asked such great questions after the “Avoid A Holidaze” webinar I decided to answer some more here. Thanks so much for joining us. It means the world to me to be able to support you– and it was fun to give out those prizes! How do we differentiate between Small Business Saturday and Black Friday? Sue from Illinois … Read More

You’re Not Crazy – There Is Something That You Were Never Taught

One thing that store owners get frustrated with is feeling like retail should be a little easier. And you are not crazy….it is easier for some store owners. They learned something you might not have…yet! There is something that you were never taught. I learned it the hard way. When my sister and I opened our store, we were wildly … Read More

Good vs Great Retailer – 7 Ways To Tell The Difference

What differentiates a Great retailer from a good one? There are 7 Traits to Differentiate Great vs Good Retailers. I think about this often as I work with retailers to help them be the best that they can be – both in the store and in their life. It all comes down 7 simple traits. The best news about it … Read More

Don’t Ignore Turn (I know YOU don’t!) Part 2

Be sure to read Part 1, So Much Profit Hidden in this One Word, first and then come back here!   Another true story about why you Don’t Ignore Turn In June I met with a client who was frustrated by his lack of cash flow. We identified one of the problems: His turn was too low. By digging deeper, we … Read More

So Much Profit Hidden In This One Word

There Is So Much Profit Hidden In This One Word. The following is a true story. The names have been changed to protect the innocent idiot. Pat owned a toy and children’s clothing store. After a great year in which she was up about $42,000 from the previous year while maintaining the same expense structure, Pat was looking forward to … Read More

Got Some Lazy Items In Your Store?

Jean said – “Your Killer Clearance Sale has worked like magic for us! My team loves it. We have moved so much inventory and made lots of money from it.” “That’s great Jean. I am so happy to hear that!” I replied. “But Cathy I have another problem. What can I do RIGHT NOW about merchandise that has already run … Read More