7 Reasons Why Team Meetings Are a Waste of Time

Just last week, I had a retailer tell me that staff meetings were a waste of time. I was shocked. I have heard many excuses why retailers don’t do them – but never heard anyone say that they weren’t worth doing at all. I asked why they thought so… and all the reasons were spewed out! Some were valid and … 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

No More Feast or Famine Marketing!

So here you are in the midst of the spring season. Your store is full of beautiful inventory that you have spent sooooo much time carefully choosing and editing for your raving fans, so where the heck are they? Are you asking…Why does this always happen? The reason is simple. You haven’t marketed consistently. If you want consistent foot traffic … 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

The Single Biggest Mistake You Can Make!

What is the single biggest mistake you can make? I used to go to seminars about retail advertising and when they would start talking about target markets my eyes would glaze over.  “I sell kid’s clothes and gifts.  Everyone knows a kid.  Therefore, everyone is my customer,” I would think.In one way that is true.  But obviously at some level, … 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

Why I Love a Bad Employee

The beauty of having bad employees is that it points out a problem. Right?  When you see a problem, you have 2 options.  Whine about it or address it. As I always say, there are only 2 kinds of retailers – whiners and winners. You are a winner…so let’s address the problem, shall we? The root of the problem is … Read More