Why are My Sales so Slow?

“We should be busier than this!” you think to yourself after checking your daily sales total for the third time in the last hour, even though you know it hasn’t changed. Your store is full of beautiful inventory that you have spent so much time carefully choosing and editing for your customers, so where are they? You always start the … Read More

How Do I Get New Customers?

The purpose of your marketing strategy and all the time, sweat and money you put into it – is ultimately to get new customers so you can increase sales. You want to reach more people, and you want to convert more people from lookers into buyers. But contrary to what many retailers believe, the answer is not to throw more … Read More

7 Sure Ways to Waste Your Team’s Time

I remember when a retailer told me that staff meetings were a waste of time. Now I have heard many excuses why retailers don’t do them – but I usually don’t hear that they aren’t worth doing at all. So when I dug a little deeper, it became clear that this retailer was making some very common mistakes that did … Read More

Why I Love a Bad Employee

The beauty of having bad employees is that it points out a problem, right? And when you see a problem, you have 2 options:  Whine about it or address it. I always say, there are only two kinds of retailers – whiners and winners. I already know YOU are a WINNER… So let’s address the problem, shall we? The root … Read More

Want More Profit? Better Sleep? 4 Ways to Breakthrough to the Next Level

Definition of A BREAKTHROUGH: any significant of sudden advance that removes a barrier to progress. Our stated goal: To help you shift your perspective and raise your level of consciousness so that you actively create the business and life you desire by giving you concrete, actionable activities that will help you remove barriers and advance to the next level of … Read More

It’s Oh So Hard…

Thanks to Suzanne Evans for the message and inspiration for this … Hey Friends! What an uplifting title!  It’s oh so hard.  But it is.  I am reminded daily that if this were easy everyone would do it. The phone calls. The late night emails. The customers who want everything just right and make you crazy. The customers who can’t … Read More

What are you doing wrong in December?

What are you doing wrong in December? Not knowing how much cash you will have at the end of the year. It is important to see how much cash you are on track to generate compared to how much you need to take care of bills. There is still time to take strategic action. I am here to help you. … Read More

Do It the Peppermill Way – 5 Ways to Connect With Your Raving Fans

The images of Las Vegas linger in my mind. Boy do they know how to do marketing there. Even in breakfast diners! Paul and I had spent the evening at the Venetian.  We asked a bartender where to go for breakfast and her immediate response was “The Peppermill.”  Then our cabbie on the ride home gave us the same advice. … Read More

Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers.

Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers. Ideas To Reduce Markdowns That Deserve Your Undivided Attention – Right Now Before Your Sales Start! Gardening really isn’t my thing.  How about you?  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being surrounded by the beauty that flowers provide. You also know that I love numbers and processes.  I was ecstatic to learn that there was a … Read More

One Way To Make Your Life Easier

One Way To Make Your Life Easier   My goal is always to make your job easier and point out ways that you can do something once and re-use it! I know how many hats you wear and how much you have to do.  I like to call this a “Rinse and Repeat”. Who doesn’t love that?  Let’s dig in! … Read More