3 Things You Need To Do To Survive as a Brick and Mortar Retailer

submitted by Kevin Graff

The world as we know it for brick and mortar retailers has forever changed. The question is, “how many will change with it … and change fast enough to survive?”

Never Talk To Strangers

submitted by Kevin Graff

As humans, we instinctively shy away from people we don’t know and we stay clear of pretty much any socially awkward situations. It’s ingrained in us not to approach strangers, but “approaching strangers” is at the very core of the job description for anyone on the retail floor.

The secret sauce for increasing store conversion – ASK

submitted by Chris Petersen

All too often senior management view staff as a "cost center" instead of an asset. Investing in store managers can pay many dividends in a store's financial success, as well as making stores stand out with customers.

6 Signs You Are A Leader In Service Of Others

submitted by Kevin Graff

It still shocks me how many leaders feel they’ve more than just earned their positions. They believe they deserve their positions. They believe their teams work for them. They represent the old pyramid style of leadership structure. Someone forgot to tell them them times have changed.

On the Road to the Fully Autonomous Retail Store

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

Customer First Cashierless Shopping and Self-Checkout Theft. This post summarizes the opportunities and challenges of the retail self-service global innovation journey. Primary focus is on the state of self-checkout, mobile scan-and-go adoption, and an update on global autonomous store deployments.

6 Things You Can Do To Combat Rising Minimum Wages

submitted by Kevin Graff

Across most of this country (Canada, that is) and many parts of the world, minimum wage rates are going up drastically; in many places by as much as 30%. That’s a big chunk out of anyone’s bottom line. Here are 6 solutions you can consider adopting to combat rising minimum wages.

The New Sensormatic Global Retail Shrink Index

submitted by Tony D'Onofrio

Coming soon, the new Sensormatic Global Shrink Index. The most comprehensive shrink survey to date from countries representing 73% of global GDP and 80% of global retail sales. Here is a sample infographic and initial view of global data.

How Did You Make Your People “Feel”?

submitted by Kevin Graff

As we prepare for our upcoming 2-Day Retail Leadership workshop, I think about the question I am continually asked about getting an entire store or region to do exactly what they are supposed to be doing with commitment and passion. There are several things critical to inspirational leadership.

Yes, that’s right…it’s YOUR job to make me WANT to come to work

submitted by Kevin Graff

How great would your workplace be if all your staff had positive attitudes, confidence, determination, and loyalty? What would it be like if they worked with meaningful purpose and provided mutual support for each other in the work place? Sounds like utopia? This is not an impossible achievement.

Winning the race to the home requires more than the last mile

submitted by Chris Petersen

To grow subscriptions and ecommerce volume in general, retailers must do more than deliver the last mile. Home delivery is NOT a highly valued convenience if the customer has to worry about time slots, access or theft.