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VOL. 41 NO. 3

JULY 2021

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FROM THE

PUBLISHER

Summertime Fun and Profits

THE summer season is now officially upon us to see your store. Pool noodles are a really

and this will be an exceptionally good sales cheap item that everyone loves and can’t

season for ALL retailers regardless of whether get enough of. Perhaps selling them at cost,

or not they specialize in seasonal items! With or giving them out free to incoming shoppers

the lifting of just about all covid restrictions would be a great promotion. Be creative

we have been seeing a massive uptick in with your marketing and work on bringing in

consumer spending across the country. new first-timers.

WITH the pent up demand for consumers to ANOTHER thing I stress every summer is

get out and shop, travel and live their lives all to work on your plan for the holidays. It is

market segments have been exploding. And a great time if you are slow to make new

this is regardless of impending tax increases, supplier connections, scout out new goods

higher than expected unemployment and and start preparing purchase orders for the

a very high inflation rate this year. This may holidays. May retailers shirk this important

all level out when reality hits consumers but responsibility and get caught short with fewer

for now they are excited about spending sales come the holidays because they did

money. And that is exciting for us retailers. not plan ahead. Use your downtime wisely

THOSE merchants who specialize in “fun in by planning for a successful holiday season.

the sun” goods like recreation items, summer And from the looks of things this may be one

clothing and accessories will do especially of the biggest holiday seasons we have seen

well this season. After a long damp winter in many years.

and lockdown restrictions shoppers are FOR many years I have advocated our

clamoring for a good retail experience. This is readers to GO AFTER the business and

where your store or website comes into play. be proactive. Industry trade shows have

WE have even been seeing a major spike restarted and there will be lots of great buys

in airline tickets and travel, also at higher and new items out there. As for the last 40

prices than in the past for both fares and years, we are media sponsors of the ASD

gas. It doesn’t appear that consumers are Vegas show and invite everyone to stop by

being swayed by this and many are looking next month and say hello as well as shop

for items to bring on vacation or even new the opportunities at this show and the many

wardrobes if their lockdown resulted in a few others happening over the next few months.

extra pounds!

IN closing I’d like to wish you a happy and

IF your business gets slow over the summer healthy July 4th and ask you to share your

months you should be considering bringing thoughts and prayers with our servicemen

in a special line of goods that is seasonal and women who are dedicated to preserving

to attract shoppers in. It is a great idea to our freedom. And please fight to KEEP our

bring in some loss leaders that you can buy/ freedoms in this great country that make all

sell inexpensively to bring new shoppers in of our successes possible.

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GOING ONCE...GOING TWICE...

MANY businesses have not survived the last year and unfortunately have had

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WHO can forget the perennial toy powerhouse Toys R’ Us and the sad story of how they

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the Toys R’ Us business to run it online as well as with some established retailers and even opened

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WITH the chains American counterpart closed and bankrupted back in 2018 and after

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bottom line. Apparel is considerably more profitable than toys and maybe if they create a

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THE clothing line is being made in factories in India with the “highest ethical standards”

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what kind, get out your notebook and start

jotting down notes. Where are your real interests

and experience? Is there anything there

that lends itself to a specialty store? Have you

ever experienced trouble locating what you

need for a hobby? Was it a major hassle the last

time you set out to purchase a particular type of

equipment? If there’s already a store that addresses

your interests locally, is there something

it does that leaves customers like you

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Like you, they would support a retailer

who does a better job catering to their particular

interest and need. Take the success of telephone

specialty stores as an example.

Telephones and related products – answering

machines, fax machines, cables and other accessories

– can be found in every type of retail outlet

today. But no other single source offers the

breadth of selection and related services as the

telephone specialty shop. Whatever the customer

wants in a telephone product can be

found there. These retailers provide either installation

service or “how to” advice for the

consumer. For those shopping for a telephone,

the shop offers one-stop convenience with

enough of a selection to please every shopper

and the service support they require to enjoy

the full benefits of their purchases.

Now identify all local sources for products required

for your interests or work background.

Are there any local gaps in availability? Review

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the list and your response to the preceding

questions, matching the products and services

that could be brought under one roof. Based on

your notes, suggest some store types you feel a

need for, or think others might want to shop.

Consider these entries as you identify the best

fit for your interests, skills, and experience.

Compile a prioritized list of the type of store

you would like to open. Use it as a guide for investigating

your options. Are there stores that

match your suggestions in the area? If so, visit

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no such store exists locally, ask why. You may

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and service support available at each. The information

you compile should help you determine

if a gap in availability exists that could be

addressed by a specialty store. If it does, you

should pursue the additional research that will

help you select the right location.

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• Product(s):

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• Typical customer(s): Sex, Age, Household

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The entrepreneur looks for areas with a heavy

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investigating suitable locations.

On the other hand, suppose the entrepreneur

planning The Parachute Shoppe, which caters

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there aren’t enough potential customers residing

in any combination of census tracts within

a ten-mile radius. However, in his own experience

as a jumper, he’s met people from more

than fifty miles away, who regularly travel to

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Some of these publications track the business

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plans through the articles.

No single resource seems to list every magazine

written for every industry. Ask your librarian

for help compiling a list of


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Reader’s Guide to Periodical

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A few publish their own monthly magazines.

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about the industry.

Industry trend reports contain an abundance of

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look for profiles and articles about retailers.

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Is there any trouble remaining competitive and

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compare what you hear from him with what

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agree, you’re getting good information.

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A market niche requires special handling, and

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of the market, but appeal to a broad segment

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glasses; fewer still are interested in visiting

a crafts store. Yet


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If you choose to price your products on the

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A specialty store may stock top-quality merchandise,

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reach beyond the immediate geographic area

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Regardless of whether you’re going to rely on

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Always keep them in mind as you develop the

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Selection is Why Customers Come

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To some people, shopping is a destination.

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access to goods you provide customers that

must separate it from the retail pack.

Whatever

market

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how well your

concept matches

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If your plans center around a retail store, then

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dreams come quicker. On the other hand, if

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You might be just as, if not more, concerned

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The owner of a retail store requires an attractive

store setting, easily accessible to shoppers, a

place to showcase what the store sells. For the

retail business, location is a secondary consideration.

Its customers have no need to visit a

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by phone, fax, or mail.

Consider the situations of 2


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One enjoys reading, and

lives in a rapidly developing

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share

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she has signed on as one of the first tenants for

her store, Book Ends, a combination book, magazine,

and stationery store.

He has mulled a career change for years, and

has concluded there’s a bookstore in his future,

but of a much different sort. All his life he has

been an avid reader of personal diaries and narratives

of historical interest. It has always been

trouble tracking them down, a frustration he

has heard from other amateur historians who

his special interest.

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He plans The Diary Pages as the top source for

published diaries in the country. His customers

will be people like himself who have an abiding

interest in history, as well as professional

historians and book collectors eager to acquire

rare or out-of-print first-person accounts. That

audience, his core customers, is scattered all

over the country.

Both retailers need a physical location for their

businesses. Her business is totally dependent

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phone and ship them out, but her livelihood

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limited sales floor. More important to him than

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spend on store design,

fixtures, and dis-


play, he’ll invest in a

mailing list and publishing

and distributing

a catalog of

available titles. Most sales will go to people living

outside his immediate area. When these

core customers want to visit the store, they’ll

seek it out, wherever it sits.

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To take full advantage of the store’s sales potential,

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One will physically visit the store to

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purchase. The other group may regard the store

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