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Cooperative Companies Offer an Alternative to Franchising

Cooperative Companies Offer an Alternative to Franchising

Going it alone isn't the best route for all business owners. Cooperative corporations offer an alternative to franchising, with members working together to decide how their company should operate.
Shoppers Spend $5.5 Billion on Small Business Saturday

Shoppers Spend $5.5 Billion on Small Business Saturday

Small-business owners say Black Friday and Cyber Monday did little for their bottom line, but Thanksgiving weekend sales still came in slightly better than expected.
A Luxury Shoemaker's Surprise Family Business

A Luxury Shoemaker's Surprise Family Business

Philip Nappi discovers that his passion of footwear runs in the family.
What You Can Learn About Ecommerce From Used Wedding Dresses

What You Can Learn About Ecommerce From Used Wedding Dresses

An online retailer pitches the sharks on her newly minted designer wedding dress consignment business, but no one bites.
The Two Ps of Consumer Behavior: (Seeking) Pleasure and (Skirting) Pain

The Two Ps of Consumer Behavior: (Seeking) Pleasure and (Skirting) Pain

Too many startups develop products and services for ‘assumed’ wants and perceived needs. What about designing solutions for deeper desires?
How Shopatrend Used Instagram to Attract New Customers

How Shopatrend Used Instagram to Attract New Customers

The online clothing boutique leveraged their keen visual sense to market their company at little cost with Instagram.
Four Companies Transforming the Franchising World

Four Companies Transforming the Franchising World

Franchising may not seem like an innovative endeavor, but these businesses are game changers.
BizBox Brings the Store to the Customer

BizBox Brings the Store to the Customer

The 6,000-pound retail shop can be pulled by a large pickup truck to wherever potential customers may gather.
Brother and Sister Team Start a Trendy Used Clothing Franchise

Brother and Sister Team Start a Trendy Used Clothing Franchise

Inspired by her franchise-owning parents, Chelsea Sloan started Uptown Cheapskate with her brother Scott while she was still in college.
A Former Broker Taps Into His Passion for Vintage Guitars

A Former Broker Taps Into His Passion for Vintage Guitars

A CEO's knack for buying low and selling high combined with his love of vintage musical instruments led him to revive Chicago Music Exchange.
How 'NFC' and Mobile Wallets Will Change the Way Retailers Do Business

How 'NFC' and Mobile Wallets Will Change the Way Retailers Do Business

What business owners need to know about these developing technologies.
Website Makes Boutique Fashions Available Anywhere

Website Makes Boutique Fashions Available Anywhere

Shoptiques brings cutting-edge creations from brick-and-mortar boutiques online.
6 Tips for Running a Layaway Program

6 Tips for Running a Layaway Program

With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, now is the time to consider offering your customers a layaway option.
What PayPal's Partnership With Discover Means to Business Owners and Consumers

What PayPal's Partnership With Discover Means to Business Owners and Consumers

Starting next spring, merchants will be able to accept PayPal through their existing relationship with Discover card.
One Ecommerce Tool Makes Doing Business Internationally Easier

One Ecommerce Tool Makes Doing Business Internationally Easier

How Gilt Groupe uses FiftyOne to help manage overseas currencies, taxes and more.
A Retail Extreme Makeover Provides Sweet Rewards

A Retail Extreme Makeover Provides Sweet Rewards

A Chicago cupcake company’s experience offers lessons on renovating an affordable, but neglected retail space.
How Green Power Can Benefit Both Small Retailers and the Environment

How Green Power Can Benefit Both Small Retailers and the Environment

Tips on making the move to green energy, from wind and solar power to renewable energy credits.
Reveal Your Retail Personality

Reveal Your Retail Personality

Three retail business owners show how to project personality and add a special flair to your store.
7 Tips to Create Winning Window Displays

7 Tips to Create Winning Window Displays

How to design windows that will command attention and lure shoppers into your store.
7 Layout Secrets of the Big Retail Chains

7 Layout Secrets of the Big Retail Chains

The right design and displays can steer customers to more merchandise and keep them shopping longer.
How Retail Businesses Can Use Gamification to Engage with Customers

How Retail Businesses Can Use Gamification to Engage with Customers

Gabe Zichermann offers examples of how gaming elements can help retail owners engage with customers and market their businesses.
How JackThreads Plans to Own the Male Demographic

How JackThreads Plans to Own the Male Demographic

Other than dispel the idea that men don't like shopping, flash-sale site founder Jason Ross is hoping to train his company's energy on making a one-stop-lifestyle-shop for men.
Birchbox and Changing the Way We Shop

Birchbox and Changing the Way We Shop

When Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna realized the flaws in the way women buy cosmetics, they started a company to revamp the system. Here, the Birchbox founders chat about their vision for the future of buying beauty and grooming products.
5 Tips for Boomer-Friendly Retail Design

5 Tips for Boomer-Friendly Retail Design

Bring on the boomers. Consider this advice when designing a store where boomers are the customers.
Seven Tech Tools for Fighting Retail Crime

Seven Tech Tools for Fighting Retail Crime

Store owners can choose from a greater variety of tools to try to prevent theft by both shoplifters and employees.

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