Christian Retailing

Retail Advice: Ask Lorraine PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lorraine Valk   
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:42 PM EST

Get answers to your questions on the business of retail

LorraineValk 2015Thank you for reading my inaugural “Ask Lorraine” column! In this column, I plan to share what I’ve learned from connecting with other retailers as well as my own thoughts on what makes Christian retail all that it can be in terms of ministry and business. Now, let’s get started:

Sales Development: Taking an internal look at your business PDF Print E-mail
Written by Scott Etheridge   
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:36 PM EST

How to use SWOT to strengthen and grow your store

Scott EtheridgeMy 30-plus years in sales has led me to implement several processes to help business owners. My favorite by far is the SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat) analysis.

This approach prompts owners to take an internal look at their business model. Afterward, they can easily identify their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Most importantly, a SWOT analysis lays a foundation to help owners change the course of their businesses from shrinking to growing; from weak to strong; and from lower to higher profits.

Financial Management: Practicing the art of leadership PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chris Brown   
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:30 PM EST

How inspiring your team can benefit your business

ChrisBrown-RamseySolutionsLeadership—and how it relates to ministry—is a subject I address before audiences across America. I get to help all kinds of people in all kinds of situations at live events and through “The Leadership Momentum” podcast. It’s amazing to see how many ideas are floating around about leadership. In every organization, it seems to mean something different. But should it?

Data Management: Reset for refreshment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Erik Ernstrom   
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:25 PM EST

Understanding your sales by department can help your store grow

Erik ErnstromYou’re almost there! Your store is packed with merchandise and the crowds are coming. But before we know it, the craziness will be behind us. What then? Obviously some deep breaths and a nap. But then how do we get ready for 2016? And how can data help?

Best Practices: Pay yourself with peace of mind PDF Print E-mail
Written by Charlene Wiggs   
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 02:35 PM EST

Smart organization and time management mean less stress

CharleneWiggs-TheMastersMercantile (2)Retailers always want more time and money. The good news is that with organization and time management, you can have both. You will be able to spend more time with your customers, have better-trained employees, get your bills paid and experience less stress. How do you make this ideal a reality? Start with being deliberate in how you spend your time.

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