Contributed Editorial

  1. Why Creating Consistent Retail Customer Experiences Requires An NoSQL Database
    7/3/2017

    For retailers operating across multiple locations, maintaining consistency between stores is an ongoing — and crucial — challenge. As retailers discover and iterate on methods to better design and optimize their in-store customer experiences, ensuring the execution of those processes is uniform across storefronts can make the difference between failure and success.

  2. Add Inventory Management To Your “To Do List”
    6/23/2017

    When it comes to task management for your small to mid-sized business, don’t get so focused on sales that you neglect to add inventory monitoring and analysis to your “to do list.” Fail to acknowledge the value of this kind of protocol in a restaurant, for example, and you can wind up spending your hard-earned profit on food that spoils and winds up in the dumpster, not on the plate. The same is true for bar owners.

  3. How To Deal With Small Business Compliance With Zip Checklist
    6/23/2017

    Small business compliance includes a lot of important administrative things that take all the fun out of being an entrepreneur. However, it’s extremely important to deal with these regulations and finish everything in time for these rules to provide necessary safeguards. At the same time, when you fail to follow them, you risk a lot. Do not claim that you were not aware when you made a mistake. Instead, try to avoid it at the earliest stages.

  4. Dump Your To-Do List And Get A Task Management Solution
    6/23/2017

    As a supervisor, you may be required to write to-do lists to help you stay on track and be productive, but yet find yourself choosing to complete only the most critical tasks and having ignored the least important ones at the end of the day. Who would blame you?  According to researchers, our minds can only process up to 7 tasks without feeling overwhelmed; anything beyond this and we risk pulling our own hair out.

  5. Only The Analytical Survive: A New Era In Retail
    6/21/2017

    Retail has always been in the forefront of business intelligence (BI). From the days of on-premises machines to today’s cloud-based solutions, retail has looked for new ways learn about their customers and discover new ways to serve them.

  6. How To Avoid Cultural Potholes On The Road To Global Expansion
    6/20/2017

    The business headlines are littered with tales of global expansion gone awry. While the reasons behind the struggles are complex, there is a common thread in these experiences: Missing the cultural differences and needs of the target market.

  7. Want Your Site To Stay Up And Running? Please, Be Redundant
    6/19/2017

    The widespread adoption of public cloud services by businesses of all types has raised awareness of how dependent we are all on these services. Ten years ago, an outage on a cloud storage service would not have made front-page news, whereas the recent Amazon S3 outage made headlines due to its significant, widespread impact.

  8. 5 Critical Wi-Fi Mistakes You Might Be Making
    6/15/2017

    We’ve reached the point where most people carry at least one Wi-Fi-enabled device at all times. According to Cisco’s 2016 VNI report, by 2021, more than 540 million public hotspots are expected to be online to support smart devices worldwide. And by now, most retail organizations have realized offering a reliable Wi-Fi network for guests is a fundamental cost of doing business. But, Wi-Fi has become way more than just a tool used to connect to the internet. You can’t just “set it and forget it” if you want to truly benefit from your wireless network.

  9. Stop Employee Theft At The POS Terminal
    6/14/2017

    No employer wants to think of its employees as being dishonest, but industry research shows there’s good reason for concern. According to the “25th Annual Retail Theft Survey,” conducted by Jack L. Hayes International, one-third of all business failures each year are attributed to employee theft. Another alarming finding was that 34 percent of 18- to 29-year-old employees believe it’s justifiable to steal from their employer. The report also showed that dishonest employees steal approximately 5.5 times as much as shoplifters.

  10. The Importance Of Running A Customer-Centric Business
    6/14/2017

    The power dynamics between retailers and customers have fundamentally shifted. For decades, customers bought what brands and retailers were selling with unquestioned eagerness. They were inspired by the displays at their favorite stores and by magazines and catalogs that came in the mail. Today, the sources of influence have expanded to include celebrities, influencers, friends, and even other customers that look and feel like them.