It's all here - links to hundreds of Web pages on every subject today's retailer should understand. Visitors to this site can access solid, timely information on technology, management strategies, staffing, record-keeping and much more. As an added bonus, a featured news article on the retail industry will be available every week. Making sales has never been so easy!
- What You Need to Know
Whether an old hand at the retail business or the new kid on the block, in this section, the modern entrepreneur can find the basics - and beyond. The in-depth articles that follow cover a variety of business development topics, including Software and Hardware, Vendor Relations, Staff and Employment, Sales and Marketing, Customer Service and Purchasing, Insurance, and Communications.
- Industry Publications
Some of the finest chefs rely on their grandmothers' recipes. But in the case of restaurant pros, "cook-booking" may be as simple as referring to all the literature the industry offers! The links here lead to a nice sampling of professional publications for eateries of every type. As an added benefit, many provide online formats, as well as print versions, of their materials.
- Trade Shows
What better way to learn about new products and services than to gather with fellow retailers in a lively, informative venue? Year-round, the retail community sponsors shows and conferences designed to help attendees sharpen skills and build business. This section features some of the leading industry events, along with descriptions and registration information.
- Industry News
The retail business is always making news - and because so much is happening, busy entrepreneurs simply can't get to it all. That's where this section can help. Visit often for top stories covering every aspect of the industry, including reports from the nation's leading newspapers, periodicals and trade publications.
- Trade Associations and Resources
Given the size of the retail industry in the U.S., employment numbers and sales trends have a huge impact on our economy. Today's retailer can be a bricks and mortar stalwart in the neighborhood, or an upstart in the online world. Whether you sell behind a counter or from a catalogue, in person or in a virtual reality, you need help to weather the competition and the economy. This section provides useful information on retail industry trade associations and resources to help you prosper.
- Licensing/Certification, Training & Cont.
The retail industry covers many specialties under its broad umbrella. In this section, business owners can explore an array of training and continuing education opportunities, particularly through the National Retail Federation Foundation. On the "niche" side, areas include: apparel and fashion; cosmetology (with links to state licensing boards); pharmacy retail and management; and grocery and food service retail.