I know exactly what I want out of work, and it is this: working on creative projects to make something useful (and also cool) as part of a team. And also money. Not tons, but enough to get by. I have a BA, but nearly all my work experience to date has been in low/no-skill labor. How do I bootstrap myself into a new career and what should I even be looking at? [more inside]
Aside from the fact that the music is quite enjoyable, why the over-representation? Can anyone shed light on this perception / observation? I notice that many retail stores, bars, restaurants/coffee shops, etc. play Brazilian music to a disproportionate level as compared to music from other places. [more inside]
I'm trying to reconcile two numbers from the same national statistical agency. I'm looking for a dummy's guide for what defines the difference between the two numbers and how to use one to estimate the other. [more inside]
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?
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]
I buy more of a product that is often out of stock. If others do this, won't that tend to make stock fluctuate more? Do retail inventory systems try to damp this effect? [more inside]
I'm moving from one retail job to another. Which is easy, except for the mild emotional entanglement. How do I pull my hand out of the tiger's mouth? [more inside]
I work in an art supply store. People ask for rolls of tracing paper very frequently, and I'm curious as to what they need them for. [more inside]
Where is the best brick and mortar store to buy a Windows netbook in the US? [more inside]
What stores in the Seattle region are like TAP Plastics but for other materials? [more inside]
At some stores (the convenience store around the corner), the price I pay always comes out to a round(ish) number. Either ending in a 5 or a zero. So that the change I am given won't have any pennies in it. This is convenient for me and the person behind the register. At other stores, there seems to be little interest in getting those round prices. A purchase is just as likely to end in .68 as .50. Why does the consideration of coins influence the pricing of some stores and not others?
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]
Help me find some wide, stylish shoes that won't have my feet in agony after long days of retail! [more inside]
What can you tell me about those red signs that say Thank You For Shopping Here Your Business Is Appreciated? [more inside]
Mail order question: Better to call or to send an email? [more inside]
What are some jobs that are task-oriented but will still make use of my creativity and university education? [more inside]
I'm looking for an anti-customer service job. [more inside]
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]
I bought a "new" comforter at Target that is really a used Bed, Bath, and Beyond comforter. What are my options? [more inside]
What are some of the best jobs to have while I wait for my real job to start? [more inside]
Assuming I have no other choices - and have serious ethical concerns about issues like fair pay and equitable treatment of workers (primary), environmentalism (secondary) and commitment to localism (tertiary) - should I shop at Wal-Mart or Target? [more inside]
If you were creating a "work mix" of public background music on Pandora or Last.fm or Slacker for a laid back, progressive retail environment, what artists would you include? [more inside]
What are your favorite cooking/kitchen/food-related shops in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison? [more inside]
What are some great low budget, but effective ways of announcing the opening of a new local brick-mortar retail store? [more inside]
What are the good, helpful, substantive websites where independent retailers hang out and share information? [more inside]
Are employees at some retail stores (e.g., Abercrombie, American Apparel) told to be standoffish as a selling strategy?
Are employees at some retail stores (e.g., Abercrombie, American Apparel) told to be standoffish as a selling strategy? [more inside]
Trying to choose a location for a new retail shop and have narrowed our choices to about 3 neighborhoods based on our own walk-arounds and research. Fortunately, we have connections with current shop owners in each neighborhood and they're happy to sit down with us and talk about their experiences. [more inside]
In 2010, what role does the printed "mail-order" catalog play in small retail businesses who have an on-line store as well as a brick-and-mortar shop? How much does it contribute to either new sales or existing customer retention? [more inside]
Where can I get Bendaroos at a retail store in Brooklyn or Manhattan (or Queens, if it comes to that) today? Our NYC Winter Wishes letter got shuffled around from forwarding addresses a bunch and we just got it yesterday, so I don't have time to order online.
How could a wiki be used by a small retail business selling tangible products? [more inside]
Teacher Discounts @ Clothing Stores? What Other Perks Am I Missing? Astronaughts get half off at Banana?
What "secret" discounts/benefits exist at major retail businesses (J. Crew, Banana Republic, Express, etc.) and what could qualify me for these discounts. I'm talking more long term (i.e., Teacher, Employee, etc.) as opposed to coupons or specials. [more inside]
If money was no obstacle, what complete eCommerce solution would you deploy for a medium to large online company? [more inside]
Can you think of any examples of a retailer that has both a chain of physical stores and a "shop online" section? I've been helping out a friend who owns a knitting store with his website, and now that he's expanding I think we need to rethink the way his site works. I'm just wondering how other people organise things like stock levels when more than one physical location is involved. [more inside]