Many retail IT VARs are increasing their recurring revenue offerings. But too many of their brethren aren’t moving fast enough. Basically, they’re in a rowboat on a river that’s pulling them towards Niagara Falls, but they aren’t paddling fast enough to break away from the current.
Gone are the days when POS trade shows would feature mostly iterations of last year’s products. At RetailNOW 2017, held Aug. 6-9 at Paris Las Vegas, typical product-talk was replaced with conversations about managed services, recurring revenue, and payment security. Read on for show highlights.
I’ve peered inside businesses large and small, and the only org I’ve seen that had everyone on the same page was when I was a self-employed sole proprietor. And that communication Shangri-La lasted only until I hired my first part-time employee.
If I was limited to teach just one business concept to my organization, I’d choose Critical Thinking. Critical Thinking helps you in every situation – hiring, employee management, conflict resolution, customer service, strategic planning, and even choosing what to serve at the annual holiday party.
Will you adapt your business to take advantage of automation, growing your sales and increasing your internal efficiencies? Or will you be a victim of automation, another worker displaced because you lack unique skills?
As part of a company's professional development program, I recently discussed with their staff the customer service classic "Raving Fans" by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles. I'm happy to share the group's four "golden nuggets" with you.
Here’s an email exchange I had recently with the CEO of a retail IT solution provider about creating a culture of candor in his organization. To protect their privacy, all names have been omitted (except mine) and minor edits were made to the text. But other than that, this is the unvarnished truth.
Conference keynote speakers should make you pause from the day-to-day of your business and think about your org’s strategies through a different lens. That’s exactly what the authors of the book The Roadside MBA did across three mornings at RSPA INSPIRE 2017 held at the St. Kitts Marriott.
For over a decade I've tracked the best books I've read and compiled them into a list we call "Roddy's Recommended Reading." Categories include Customer Service, General Business/Strategy, Hiring, Leadership, Management, Personal Development, and Sales/Marketing.