Grandma Donovan’s Soda Bread Recipe

St. Patrick’s Day is a big national holiday in our house. All of my grandparents were born in Ireland, as were Paul’s mother’s parents. When she was alive, my grandmother always had knitting needles in her hands. In fact she became blind in the last years of her life, and yet she still produced wonderful beautiful Irish sweaters and blankets. … Read More

How Markdowns Save You Money

You can IMPROVE your margins by taking MARKDOWNS. Crazy! Quite a contradiction, right?  At first glance, it makes a lot of sense to take smaller markdowns, doesn’t it? By keeping markdowns smaller, you are protecting your profit margins. I bet you have stretched it to 50% off, but you didn’t go further because then you’re not getting back what you … Read More

How to Make Barcodes That Work

We often get asked by retailers, do I need to use barcodes and if so, how do I make them?The answer is almost always yes! As a retail store owner, your biggest asset is your inventory and tracking and analyzing it properly is key to improving your profits.The easiest, but also most expensive, way to produce barcodes is to use … Read More

How Do You Handle Curveballs?

“How do I plan my holiday season with all this uncertainty?” This is what retailers are asking me right now. How about you? The answer is: There will always be uncertainty. Really. It might seem like this is a more uncertain time than usual – but I’m telling you: Nothing is EVER certain. And this is why it is SO … Read More

3 Ways to Stand Out Online

Enjoy these tips to help you stand out online, from guest blogger Jiselle Riley! – Cathy The pandemic has had a significant effect on e-commerce and online consumer behavior. With restrictions making it difficult for brick-and-mortar retailers to continue their business, Insider Intelligence reports that there was a 16.5% sales growth for the global retail e-commerce industry. This trend is expected … Read More