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How to market an independent bookstore to local businesses

I'm looking for some ways to get the local lunch crowd into our bookstore, which sells used books, CDs, DVDs, videos, and books on tape/CD; a small number of new books; kids' gifts; and other gift items/stationery/cards. Many of our customers don't have much to spend (which works out because our books are priced very low), but nearby is a law firm, a couple of big corporations' local offices, a bank, etc. I don' t know if the employees even know we exist. Any ideas on how to get them in here to pick up a birthday card or used CD or small gift for a friend? We're located in the downtown area of a medium-sized city. There are very few places to shop in the downtown business area.
posted by trillian on Mar 29, 2013 - 21 answers

Your tracing paper is in another castle

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]
posted by blnkfrnk on Mar 11, 2013 - 35 answers

Please help me plot my escape from Retail!

I need help focusing my job search, finding something decent with a degree but very little relevant work experience, and keeping from getting too discouraged in the process. [more inside]
posted by seraph9 on Feb 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Do small retailers use head hunters?

I was wondering how small retailers (think of a mom and pop sized clothing boutique in a high-end shopping district.) find store managers and associates. I know that the small retailer can post an ad on craigslist or in the local paper, but will they ever use the services of a local recruiter? More broadly, can anyone explain the economics of becoming a “head hunter”, whether for a low paying retail position, a typical corporate middle management position, or for an executive position?
posted by otto42 on Jan 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Freelance marketing from another city

I'd like references and information for how a marketing consultant can leverage his location in a big city to help small retailers who are trying to enter the market. [more inside]
posted by drea on Jan 14, 2013 - 0 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

Need to find a store in the US to buy a netbook.

Where is the best brick and mortar store to buy a Windows netbook in the US? [more inside]
posted by jim.christian on Dec 26, 2012 - 8 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

Eternal Clearance Sale of the Spotless Suburban Strip-Mall

Please satisfy my curiosity re: The Never-Ending Clearance Sale Event. [more inside]
posted by trunk muffins on Nov 2, 2012 - 10 answers

return policies

how common or uncommon is it for shops/companies to prohibit individuals from making returns? [more inside]
posted by skjønn on Oct 23, 2012 - 21 answers

Subscription Services for Daily/Weekly Presents by Mail

What are some fun things I could have delivered by mail that will satisfy my urge to have a package waiting for me when I get home? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Oct 22, 2012 - 33 answers

And I always thought the customers were the problem...

Help me cope with retail hell. [more inside]
posted by sunset in snow country on Oct 21, 2012 - 15 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

I have material needs

What stores in the Seattle region are like TAP Plastics but for other materials? [more inside]
posted by trinity8-director on Oct 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Which Department Store Clothing Sections Sell the Most Over the Holidays?

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!
posted by laswingkid on Oct 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Please help me find a boilerplate terms and conditions statement for my new retail website

Please help me find a boilerplate terms and conditions statement for my new retail website. I am begining a retail web venture and need some terms and conditions verbage. Boilerplate will do. Can someone point the way today?
posted by citybuddha on Sep 26, 2012 - 2 answers

Special order web app ideas?

I'm looking for a web (or desktop at a push) app that will help me track customer special orders. [more inside]
posted by dance on Sep 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Which stores have trademark smells?

Which chains have trademark smells? [more inside]
posted by mikesch on Sep 14, 2012 - 56 answers

To retail or not to retail?

Retail me, or retail me not? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Leaving the nest ASAP

How do I get a retail/ food service job ASAP without prior experience? (Limit: 2 weeks) [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Sep 11, 2012 - 12 answers

resume gap vs retail?

Which would look better: a four year post-grad gap on my resume, or having worked those four years in a supermarket? Also, ideas for picking up relevant experience? [more inside]
posted by seraph9 on Aug 20, 2012 - 13 answers

I'd really like to like this job

I have a job that I like (or at least I like sometimes) with a boss who alternately micromanages and is totally hands-off. Morale at the store is really low, particularly lately, as we've had several big tasks to juggle. I need advice on how to deal with it. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Harry Potter and the Puppet of Sock on Aug 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Accounting for Pennies

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?
posted by Jagz-Mario on Jul 30, 2012 - 15 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

Business Plan help! Inventory pricing woes.

I'm working on a business plan to open a specialty food store. Everything was going great until trying to price out the start up inventory. [more inside]
posted by ilikefood on Jun 27, 2012 - 6 answers

You know, like Netflix....

I am looking for a shopping cart solution that specializes in subscription based sales. I have a small product that comes in several "flavors" that I would like to ship to each customer's house every month. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2012 - 3 answers

What job do these skills imply to you?

[Career Change Filter] My friend is getting out of retail after 10+ years and has no idea what's next. What jobs do his strengths imply to you? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jun 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Only qualified for retail jobs...how do I break away?

How do you branch away from a retail career when that's all you're qualified for? How do you cultivate the passion/resolve to find something better? [more inside]
posted by stubbehtail on Jun 3, 2012 - 9 answers

What trendy women's shoes are cozy through a long day of retail?

Help me find some wide, stylish shoes that won't have my feet in agony after long days of retail! [more inside]
posted by araisingirl on May 18, 2012 - 22 answers

POS for a housewares retail outlet

Best POS/inventory management for a shop selling a mixture of unbarcoded and barcoded items (i.e. some loose stuff) and wishing to monitor stock levels, produce meaningful reports. Can't decide between Mac/Windows/Cloud... [more inside]
posted by dance on May 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Looking for a POS for a small retail store

I'm working on opening a retail store. I've done some research on the different POS software systems available, but I want to know what works in the real world. [more inside]
posted by toddst on Apr 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Good place to announce large collection of DVDs for sale?

My Toronto-based shop has just received a huge collection of art house, cult, foreign, Criterion, out of print etc. DVDs. For obvious reasons I'd like to turn these over as quickly as possible. I posted to our web site and Craigslist to announce the titles, but what other online places do DVD people gather where I could post this news without it being considered spam? Thank you.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Mar 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Hired but no hours?

I have a couple of friends who were hired at retail and fast food places but have never been put on the actual schedule, even after months go by and they follow up with the manager. Is this an employers way of laying someone off? What is the purpose of hiring someone if you don't put them on the schedule? Any ideas about how my friends can advocate for more hours? Thanks so much!
posted by tessalations999 on Mar 29, 2012 - 13 answers

What sorts of retail stores do you view as healthy and not on a path of decay wrought by the internet?

What sorts of retail stores do you view as healthy and not on a path of decay wrought by the internet? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by st starseed on Mar 26, 2012 - 40 answers

Grant me the Serenity...

I've had a pre-order with a major UK online retailer for a limited run collectable ornament for a couple of months now, but the 'Due for release' date has been pushed back three times now, allegedly down to manufacturer delivery issues. That wouldn't normally be a problem... but the same online retailer has exactly the same item (and it's only made by one manufacturer) listed again elsewhere as 'In Stock' - but at more than a 50% markup (£130 as opposed to the pre-order price of £80). Are they doing anything legally wrong here (in UK law), as opposed to just deeply immoral?
posted by timpollard on Mar 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Thank You For Shopping Here Your Business Is Appreciated

What can you tell me about those red signs that say Thank You For Shopping Here Your Business Is Appreciated? [more inside]
posted by bubukaba on Mar 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Hey! That's my guitar!

I'm pretty sure I've found a guitar that was stolen from me at a music store franchise near me. They open in two hours. Any tips on how to handle this? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on Feb 23, 2012 - 34 answers

Need a Chicago Brick and Mortar Store with Obama Merchandise

Obama SWAG in Chicago---where can I get some fast and in person? Leaving for Ethiopia in a matter of days and I've received a request from someone there for anything "Obama"...t-shirt, pins, posters, etc. But I don't have much time and anything ordered from the campaign store online will not arrive in time (they don't have an option for faster shipping.) Are there any brick and mortar stores in Chicago where I can pick something up?
posted by jeanmari on Feb 22, 2012 - 14 answers

Exchanging a pair of pants

Mail order question: Better to call or to send an email? [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 on Jan 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Be my high school guidance counselor: what career should I choose?

What are some jobs that are task-oriented but will still make use of my creativity and university education? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Dec 29, 2011 - 3 answers

what full-time jobs, other than retail, can i find?

i didn't go to college. what full-time jobs, other than retail, can i find? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Dec 21, 2011 - 38 answers

Non-amazon online stores?

What online retailers should I use to purchase gifts for my relatives in other states, now that I'm aware of how Amazon treats its warehouse employees and do not wish to purchase anything from them until they improve the working conditions and increase their wages? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 11, 2011 - 11 answers

Retail Workout

Are there any simple things I can do to burn off a few extra calories/tone up some muscles during my downtime at work without looking ridiculous? [more inside]
posted by kittenmarlowe on Oct 7, 2011 - 12 answers

Can't we all just get along?

Difficult Boss Filter: How do I deal with my smack-talkin', super negative boss? [more inside]
posted by moons in june on Sep 28, 2011 - 10 answers

I'm looking for an anti-customer service job.

I'm looking for an anti-customer service job. [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Sep 28, 2011 - 60 answers

What are some tips for adjusting to a new retail job physically?

My new retail job is killing me physically. I've been working here for about four weeks, and I thought my body would have begun to adjust to the routine by now, but instead it seems to get worse every shift I work. What are some tips for adjusting? [more inside]
posted by kittenmarlowe on Sep 8, 2011 - 27 answers

If I try out and / or break an item in a store in the UK, am I in any way legally obliged to buy it?

If I try out and / or break an item in a store in the UK, am I in any way legally obliged to buy it? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Sep 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Which retail store near me (e.g. Best Buy) is the biggest?

There are 4 Whole Foods / Best Buy / Retail X stores near me. How can I find out which one is the biggest? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Aug 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Who eats a price drop regarding retail stock?

Game console price drops! What happens regarding the stock retailers already have on hand? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Aug 17, 2011 - 3 answers

Online Music Retail

Where do you purchase your online music? I've been using Amazon since they sell MP3s without DRM. I'm not a fan of the software the provide though.
posted by zzazazz on Jul 8, 2011 - 24 answers

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