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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    February 3, 2016

    Rack Cards and Roulette

    What is 4” X 9” and found in tourist areas all over the country? The ubiquitous rack card, a promotional piece used to advertise shops, restaurants, events and attractions to visitors.  These vertical cards usually have a strong, brightly colored graphic on the front in order to stand out from the competition. The attractive sample shown above is from a shop called The Towne House in Cambridge, Ohio. Making a rack card for your shop, or special event, is not all that different from producing a postcard. Many of the companies that print them have templates that you can use ...

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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    January 20, 2016

    Another Blow to Retail

    The “for lease” sign finally came down on a vacant storefront on our shopping street last week, and according to the new sign we are now going to have a boxing studio as a neighbor.  At the same time it was announced that another vacancy is being filled by a holistic vet clinic. Don’t get me wrong — I have nothing against either boxing or boxers.  But this is a trend I’m seeing played out across the country. Fewer independent retail stores, more service businesses and food establishments.  When we opened on Monroe Street over 40 years ago, your ...

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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    January 13, 2016

    What Would it Cost?

    We’ve all been watching the national discussion about minimum wage carefully, because payroll is the largest expense after rent for most retailers. Last year Wal-Mart announced that it is going to raise all employees to at least $9 an hour, and it has been interesting to see how this played out. Wal-Mart stock fell more than 10% the day the announcement was made by president and CEO Dough McMillon, and it hasn’t recovered yet. Why did this happen? While no one denies that fact that living on minimum wage is very difficult — especially for an adult trying to ...

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