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    Reopening Your Store – The Things You Are Not Yet Thinking About

    Hello! We are about to launch a webinar, that is perhaps the most important one we’ve ever done in the 14 years that Retail Smart Guys has existed.  I’m not kidding. Many of you are in states that will allow your stores to reopen sometime in May.  I do believe that the majority of the country will reopen sometime in May, with others following in June.  It’s going to happen. This is NOT going to be like it was when you opened your store.  This is not like adding another location.  This is a totally new world, with new rules, new procedures, and nuances that you absolutely must follow in…

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    How do you think the second half of 2019 will be for your store?

    The first half of 2019 was certainly, well, interesting. Nearly every retailer I talk to tells me that it wasn’t great. Weather played a significant part for many stores, and although those kinds of events are typically followed by a spike in sales, many retailers tell me that they never saw the spike. That means the second half has to make up for what the first half lacked. Right? And then, there is next year, which is an election year. Right around the time of the election, buying habits get very strange. No matter where you sit in the political spectrum, nervousness about the candidates and the election outcome sometimes…

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    Own a retail store and don’t have any cash to show for yourself?

      Own a retail store and don’t have any cash to show for yourself? Wow! How many times have you all heard about or felt this personally? I assume many of you have heard this time and time again! So what’s the reason for this pain and downfall of cash for the independent retailer? Two words: Inventory and expenses! You can be the most cutting edge, forward thinking buyer, but regardless of your expertise at picking the right goods you bury yourself without having an accurate scientifically forecasted inventory and purchasing plan each and every month to guide your buy and monitor your cash in and out. You need the…

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    Dan Jablons speaking at San Francisco Gift Fair, Monday, July 29th!

    Hi everybody! Dan Jablons, President of Retail Smart Guys, will be speaking at the San Francisco International Gift Fair on Monday, July 29.  Please stop by and say hello! Here’s the link: http://www.sfigf.com/357/Seminar and Events.htm Trade Secrets! – What Are Today’s Successful Retailers doing to Survive, and how can I apply that to my business? Not every retailer is suffering in this economy. There are many that are actually very profitable and have great cash flow. In this economy, now is the time to get a competitive edge and increase market share. Discover the industry secrets that these retailers know, and learn how to implement these changes into your business to find…