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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    September 27, 2016

    Fourth Quarter Time

    In the world of music, quarter time usually indicates a waltz. But in retailing, fourth quarter time means more of a jitterbug as we try frantically to keep up with the demands of our customers. Since this week officially marks the start of the 4th quarter — Christmas in now just three months away — it is a good time to do some advance planning to help you get through the holidays as smoothly as possible. Just for fun, let’s work backwards by starting to think about January. If you plan to do any advertising to bring customers back into the ...

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  • Carol L Schroeder

    Savvy Store Solutions

    Carol Schroeder

    September 20, 2016

    10 Timely Tips

    If you haven’t upped your game when it comes to customer service, you may face a real challenge trying to compete with online shopping options.  You need to give shoppers an in-store experience that surpasses sitting in front of a computer screen wearing p.j.s and having products magically appear on their doorstep the next day. Have enough sales staff. It’s better to err on the side of overstaffing (within reason) instead of having customers searching all over for someone to help them with their purchase. Long lines to check out are also a turnoff. Change is ...

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Wrapped Summer

Wrapped Summer 2016

Don't miss your last chance to get the buzz on this year's summer markets! Gifts and Decorative Accessories has WRAPPED it all up for you! Click here to read.

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  • GDA Day 3 at Vegas

    Retailers Share Pavilions Hidden Gems

    Whether it's store display pieces, upcycling-worthy finds, new gift items or education, it's all in the Las Vegas Market Pavilions. Gifts and Decorative Accessories editor-in-chief talks with retailers about how what they are finding in the Pavilions is enhancing their market experience. (Video coverage sponsored by International Market Centers.)

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