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Franchises

New Franchise Concept Puts Unused Gift Cards to Use

Gift Card Monkey sparks a new retail concept -- putting gift cards that would otherwise be forgotten to use for consumers and merchants.
How Can I Pitch My Product to Large Companies?
Starting a Business

How Can I Pitch My Product to Large Companies?

While gaining the attention and trust of big box brands isn't easy, see steps you can take to help get your product on the market.
Ryan Himmel
Do This Before You Build Your Next App and Other Must-Read Business Tips
Growth Strategies

Do This Before You Build Your Next App and Other Must-Read Business Tips

A look at why you shouldn't build an app on gut instinct alone, why you should release product features one at a time and more advice for business owners.
Brian Patrick Eha
3-D Tech Lets Online Shoppers 'Try on' Clothes
Technology

3-D Tech Lets Online Shoppers 'Try on' Clothes

Metail creates a 3-D avatar of shoppers then digitizes clothing collections and merges the garment images with the customer's avatar.
Gwen Moran
Marketing

Lessons in Avoiding Size Bias From N.J. Governor Christie to Abercrombie & Fitch

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's weight loss, and Abercrombie & Fitch CEO's refusal to carry plus sized clothing have placed weight issues in the spotlight. Three tips on how to make sure your business is size-neutral.
Gwen Moran
The 'Etsy Economy' and Changing the Way We Shop
Starting a Business

The 'Etsy Economy' and Changing the Way We Shop

The online handmade marketplace is seeking to reimagine retail.
Kathleen Davis
Big-Box Backlash: The Rebirth of Mom-and-Pop Shops
Growth Strategies

Big-Box Backlash: The Rebirth of Mom-and-Pop Shops

As consumers grow more comfortable with ecommerce, Amazon.com isn't the only web company making big-box stores sweat. These days, corner cafes and artisanal cheesemongers are taking a bigger piece of the retail pie.
Diana Ransom
Five Retail Design Myths Debunked
Growth Strategies

Five Retail Design Myths Debunked

Be creative in your store design and take a skeptical view of the conventional wisdom.
Jane Porter
7 Low-Cost Design Ideas for Small Retail Spaces
Growth Strategies

7 Low-Cost Design Ideas for Small Retail Spaces

Consider these unique ways to design a compact store to look bigger and accommodate more merchandise.
Jane Porter
Creating Shops from Shipping Containers
Starting a Business

Creating Shops from Shipping Containers

How small retailers are building new kinds of stores.
Jane Porter
3 New Technologies to Make Shopping More Interactive
Marketing

3 New Technologies to Make Shopping More Interactive

Experts weigh in on new technologies from virtual greeters, to mirrors that give fashion advice, and touch screens loaded with information.
Lisa Girard
Encouraging Employees to Put Their Personal Stamp on the Workplace
Growth Strategies

Encouraging Employees to Put Their Personal Stamp on the Workplace

By letting employees do the decorating, small businesses can boost morale and save some money to boot.
Lambeth Hochwald
A Retail Extreme Makeover Provides Sweet Rewards
Starting a Business

A Retail Extreme Makeover Provides Sweet Rewards

A Chicago cupcake company’s experience offers lessons on renovating an affordable, but neglected retail space.
Gwen Moran
5 Ways Store Colors Can Influence Shoppers
Marketing

5 Ways Store Colors Can Influence Shoppers

A look at how color matters in your retail space. It can either help to sell your products -- or irritate customers. Choose wisely.
Jane Porter