Retail Businesses

Starting a Business

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?
Marketing

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.
Franchises

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.
Franchises

Four Companies Transforming the Franchising World

Franchising may not seem like an innovative endeavor, but these businesses are game changers.
Starting a Business

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.
Growth Strategies

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.
Technology

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

What business owners need to know about these developing technologies.
Growth Strategies

Website Makes Boutique Fashions Available Anywhere

Shoptiques brings cutting-edge creations from brick-and-mortar boutiques online.
Growth Strategies

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.
Technology

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.
Growth Strategies

One Ecommerce Tool Makes Doing Business Internationally Easier

How Gilt Groupe uses FiftyOne to help manage overseas currencies, taxes and more.
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.
Growth Strategies

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.
Starting a Business

Reveal Your Retail Personality

Three retail business owners show how to project personality and add a special flair to your store.
Starting a Business

7 Tips to Create Winning Window Displays

How to design windows that will command attention and lure shoppers into your store.
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