I have stumbled into a completely foreign land in which I am way outside of my comfort zone, and am looking for some direction. With a background in software design/development, I now find myself a proud owner of a side-business that has created a new line of consumer products (sports related). The hitch is that we have flown very much below the radar during development, but are now ready to sell these things... but we aren't sales-guys. [more inside]
I recently was hired at a high-end luxury retail store where traffic is low, and it's a client cultivating environment. My previous experience in retail sales has been in higher-volume stores and I want to hear from people who work in this type of luxury-driven culture about what's worked and what doesn't to be successful.
Help me cope with retail hell. [more inside]
My girlfriend has applied for work as a sales associate at two upscale New York City department stores and has been offered a variety of clothing departments to work in at both. She wants to work through the holiday season and to earn as much as she can in that period via commission. Assuming that all departments offer the same rate of commission, can anyone advise us as to which departments would have the highest sales in Oct/Nov/Dec? Or point us to any internet resources with such info? I've been unable to dig up any on my own. Thanks!
Why are these used books on Amazon so cheap? [more inside]
Part of my job involves me trying to sell things to people that they don't want to buy. Please help me get used to that. [more inside]
When is the best time of the year to catch deeply discounted seasonal clothing at retail or online stores? [more inside]
How do I help my mom sell her iced tea in stores? [more inside]
Should I pay to advertise on Citysearch? [more inside]
How do I get relevant/fulfilling work experience while in grad school for my dream job? [more inside]
In this NYT article, it says "...Wal-Mart's $312 billion in sales last year exceeded the sales of the next five biggest retailers combined." How can I find out who those five big retailers are and how much they made? Are these rankings based on U.S. sales, or worldwide + U.S.? Googling gives me data for 2004, but I can't find anything for 2005.
How does an introverted, nervous, none-too-attractive register-jockey actually make sales? Any advice or books one can read? [more inside]