March, 2018

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According to a recent article in Retail Dive   the purchase of private label merchandise soared in 2017 and more large retailers are going to follow suit in 2018.

The reason for the interest is purely financial…the margins are better!

So is private label merchandise an option for smaller stores? The answer is yes! Whether its something as simple as customer T-shirts to branded candles, your store has the option of carrying branded products that give customers a reason to patronize your store and put more money in the til!.

Here are some essential tips for getting started with your own private label products.


Is private labeling a practical option for independent retailers?

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Use your star power and the power of social media to easily expand exposure for your unique products outside of your four walls. 

Here's a link to learn more.

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March 29th is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day. Here are a few tips for celebrating you and your business!

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Are you targeting GenY, those born between 1980 and the turn of the century? This article offers some great tips on how to successfully use email marketing to engage this customer. Click here.


Indie bookstores are making a comeback, even as Amazon is hurting sales and the big chains are closing around them. Read about how some local bookstores are creating niches that build loyalty. It's great advice for almost every type of retail business. Read more.

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By now you've heard that Toys R Us is closing its doors. Have you thought about what opportunities this situation presents for your store? Perhaps you can extend your product mix to include toys/games/gifts that sync well with your business? I know so many of you are having trouble hiring quality staff. Perhaps you can recruit from a nearby Toys R Us. They anticipate laying off 30,000 people who are going to be looking for their next gig. Take a minute to think about your store and see if this closing can open new doors for you.


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