I'm opening a retail store that will sell CDs, books, photographs and other music-related collectibles. We hope to open a web store concurrently and have found a web designer. I'm looking for advice about point-of-sale systems for our store, and in addition we are interested in linking the inventory in our retail store to our inventory for our web store. Our webstore is being developed using x-cart
. Any recommened POS systems or vendors? Anyone set up a system like this recently?
posted by mfherman
on Oct 26, 2006 -
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.
posted by invisible ink
on Oct 2, 2006 -
Should employees of stores be allowed to take (potentially rare) merchandise and buy it themselves before it hits the store shelves? [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain
on Sep 21, 2006 -
What is Multivariable Testing, really? It was mentioned in this NYTimes article
, but the term is only ever used in relation to QualPro, Inc.
. What is the real mathematical/statistical technique they're using? Is this related to the Taguchi Method
? Can someone explain it to me?
posted by joshwa
on Sep 19, 2006 -
Thinking of opening a Gaming store...help...So me and the wife are seriously considering opening a gaming store, (roughly half board/casual type games and half "hobby" type games). I've read a bunch of stuff on opening a retail store in general, including some threads on here, but not much on anything gaming specific. [more inside]
posted by teishu
on Jul 31, 2006 -
I am applying for a job at a large computer/electronics retail chain. It's an entry level job, but some experience is required, which I genuinely have, but I am thinking of lying on my resume about having my degree. What are the odds that they will check? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 9, 2006 -
Why are retail prices of electronics cheaper than wholesale prices? How can anyone make money here? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky
on Mar 30, 2006 -
Today, I attempted to exchange gift without a receipt or a credit card at a Best Buy store. It did not go well. Please help me resolve the dispute that resulted from my experience.
posted by sequential
on Feb 4, 2006 -
Retailhelp: I've decided to buy a new winter coat, online, today. Problem is, most everything out there is on clearance or in limited sizes. I'm looking for some collective hunting help. [more inside]
posted by cior
on Dec 30, 2005 -
If retail space is really lorded over by bean counters, why do big boxes build so many checkouts that sit unused? On the morning after Thanksgiving, the north Dallas Super Target I went in briefly only had 9 out of 24 registers open. Why do they build them this way? Has anyone ever seen 90%+ of them open?
posted by hodyoaten
on Dec 5, 2005 -
I've been thinking of opening a store in my town but need some advice on getting started [more inside]
posted by apdato
on Nov 14, 2005 -
Friend is hoping to move. How can I help him by finding him a good retail management recruiter in ATL area? [more inside]
posted by thinds66
on Nov 1, 2005 -
Any suggestions for the best hardcore computer (and related) hardware retailer with online ordering and US-based? [more inside]
posted by Ethereal Bligh
on Sep 25, 2005 -
AttractiveRetailWorkerFilter: If someone would like a date with someone they only see at retail/checkout, is there any acceptable way to communicate this, that doesn't impose on the worker or make their job harder/unpleasant if they're not interested? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin-
on Aug 26, 2005 -
Let's say I wanted to open my own business. Specifically a children's bookstore in a small college town in the northeast. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by dhacker
on Aug 4, 2005 -
How does an introverted, nervous, none-too-attractive register-jockey actually make sales? Any advice or books one can read? [more inside]
posted by 235w103
on Jul 20, 2005 -
I need to purchase a PCMCIA storage card (ATA format) from a store located in or very near Tucson AZ. Any ideas?
posted by jruckman
on Jun 14, 2005 -
So I bought a shirt today, and they forgot to remove the security tag. Had I known that it wasn't going to beep, I'd never have thrown down the Visa. Why buy what you can steal? Anyway, short of returning to the store, how can I remove the tag at home. I have all the basic tools a homeowner needs. It is not the kind of tag that sprays inks should the procedure go bad. Anyone larcenous members, or those that have retail experience care to detail a procedure.
posted by Keith Talent
on May 14, 2005 -
A number of restaurants in my neighborhood have under-rung my purchases (each) more than once. [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar
on Apr 25, 2005 -
In March 2004, I purchased a 20 gigabyte iPod at Future Shop (major Canadian electronics chain, owned, I think, by Best Buy). I added on the extended warranty, after the salesperson told me that it was a replacement warranty and if anything went wrong I could bring my iPod in and they'd give me a new one. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche
on Apr 21, 2005 -
The better business bureau seems to be kinda worthless. Is there a generic website where I can go to rate local businesses that isn't awash with tons of ads or filler? I'm thinking something craigs-list-ish, but searchable, with Amazonian filtering (the website, not the large women, although that would be cool too). I think I just got ripped off by a tire store, and I'm tired of going through life a victim. Lazyweb, take me away!
posted by mecran01
on Apr 19, 2005 -
Is there any online postage-printing site that doesn't require a monthly fee? I mail books periodically and I'm at least 15 miles from the post office. [more inside]
posted by craniac
on Apr 18, 2005 -
This summer, I plan to work at a retail store in an international airport (in the US). What is the procedure to get security clearance for a job like this? [more inside]
posted by MostHolyPorcine
on Apr 6, 2005 -
Retail-or-bar-or-restaurant-mananger-filter: who is the best background music provider (DMX, Muzak, PlayNetwork, etc.) and why?
posted by MattD
on Apr 5, 2005 -
So I maybe could have posted this here
, but this seemed like a sufficiently different question. Where is a good place to buy clothes that's both sweatshop-free and doesn't support horrible causes? [more inside]
posted by TheRoach
on Feb 5, 2005 -
Website question. I'm helping a friend with a sports memorabilia site that sells merchandise. Currently he is using google adsense pay per click. Is there a simple way to track visitors who click from the ad to see if they are the ones who make a purchase? (MI) [more inside]
posted by keithl
on Jan 25, 2005 -
Are any retailers (online or otherwise) offering any freebies with the purchase of a new Xbox system other than (or in addition to) NCAA Football 2005 and Top Spin?
posted by jjg
on Dec 8, 2004 -
Production folks: How small can a barcode be and still scan?
posted by dame
on Oct 11, 2004 -
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 -