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Corporate information database

My friend is looking for a resource that will identify by states buyer contact information for large retail companies. She is a "key account representative" for a national company with a presence in half of the states in the US, and wants to find information regarding buyers for large national retailers. Years ago there was publication called "Contact Influential" that supplied this sort of info. I'm marginally familiar with Hoover's, and believe it is along these lines. Does the hive have any other suggestions?
posted by ecollie on Jul 10, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I take my super small retail business online?

I sell Mexican arts and crafts, alpaca, shell jewelry, hand painted shell bobble heads, all made by indigenous people in Mexico (I'm a Mexican american immigrant, and I import a small amount of crafts every year), I'd like to use facebook, or a website, or internet to sell my jewelry to a wider audience, but I'm a very beginner and need ideas and guidance. So far I have just been doing craft shows for many years, but I'd like to make more money hopefully enough to live off of.
posted by kikithekat on Jun 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Thriving as a small brick and mortar/e-commerce B2C retailer?

How can a small (3-5 employees) brick and mortar/e-commerce B2C retailer survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive market (outdoors/sports products) when it cannot compete on price? Any good examples of small companies doing just that? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Apr 15, 2013 - 5 answers

Two Shell stations across the street from each other. Why?

In my town, there's a Shell station on one corner of the intersection. On another corner of the same intersection, another Shell. There're also two Woolworths right across the street from each other, and two Pizza Huts. Why? Does anyone out there have any idea? I mean, any ACTUAL idea, not just supposition? Maybe someone who works in marketing, or urban planning? Also, are there any resources I could read that explain these kinds of business decisions? I've looked online and can't find any information. Thanks very much.
posted by staggering termagant on Jan 8, 2013 - 19 answers

We're trying to start a vintage clothing business! How do we source the best clothing at the best prices?

How do I source reasonable to high quality vintage clothing at low prices [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Nov 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Retailer Makeover Needed

A friend owns a children's boutique in NYC. She recently confessed that business has been tanking. She overbuys, she doesn't do any sort of inventory management, she has no online presence (apart from a neglected Facebook page). What advice would you give her?
posted by lgandme0717 on Oct 20, 2012 - 18 answers

Designing product numbering and barcode systems

Assume I'm starting an e-commerce selling (retail, brand-y stuff) sports apparel and equipment. How should I design the product numbering and barcode system if I want to manage products, shipments, inventory, and warehouse locations? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Jul 20, 2012 - 7 answers

OMG, We're Going to Be on Oprah! Crap. What do we do now?

What do we need to do to prepare for and take fullest advantage of an upcoming magazine article that's going to feature our small, family-owned retail business? [more inside]
posted by webhund on May 20, 2011 - 11 answers

I want to expand my business. But where do I begin?

I own a retail store, and want to open a second location in another city/state. I need help from people, but I'm not even sure what people. Help! [more inside]
posted by CommonSense on May 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Is there software that can help me sell my band's music online?

How can I sell my band's album online? I'd like to use software hosted on my own server so that someone can pay me and get a digital download. [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Jan 25, 2010 - 5 answers

How do I set a wholesale price for my product?

How do I price my product for wholesale? I currently have a product that I've been selling myself online, but have recently began getting wholesale inquiries from brick and mortar stores. Is there a formula for determining the price to extend to stores? [more inside]
posted by billyfleetwood on Dec 30, 2009 - 5 answers

No such thing as painless systems design

What are the internal business processes I should concentrate on when evaluating a clothing retailer? What are some questions I can ask the owner to help me identify where the processes could use some improvement? [more inside]
posted by ttyn on May 23, 2009 - 4 answers

Best practices for inventory control basics such as assigning SKU numbers?

What are best practices for assigning SKU numbers to products? And is there a book that covers the absolute basics of inventory control? [more inside]
posted by wam on Jan 10, 2009 - 8 answers

Recommendations of blogs or websites on retail management and strategy?

Recommendations of blogs or websites on retail management and strategy? [more inside]
posted by willy_dilly on Aug 12, 2008 - 3 answers

Purchasing a retail business

Specific questions, and general advice and suggestions, on purchasing a very prominent, locally owned, retail business. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2008 - 4 answers

Why throw-out when you can donate?

Why would a retail chain want its stores to discard unsold clearance items rather than donate them to a charity that can use them? [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye on Aug 2, 2007 - 27 answers

Total Sales for Independent Retail?

What is the total gross dollar sales for the Independent Retail Market in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by UMDirector on Jun 5, 2007 - 5 answers

Shopkeeping

Has anyone had experience opening a small shop as a business? What are the pros/cons of such an undertaking? If you have, please share a bit of the highlights and lowlights of the endeavor! (more inside) [more inside]
posted by BrodieShadeTree on Jan 5, 2004 - 11 answers

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