Multichannel Retail Advice

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Kicking Off 2017 Right... 5 Retail Resolutions You'll Want on Your To-Do-List

Written by Nicole Leinbach Reyhle on 09 December 2016

As years come and go, there’s no more ideal time than the start of a New Year to reset your business goals in an effort to gain future success. Among the things to add to your resolution to-do-list for 2017 include strengthening your existing retail operations, incorporating more social opportunities into your day-to-day business agenda and becoming more savvy about data and how it can help your business.

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November: In Review 2016

Written by Danielle Ricketts on 01 December 2016

Hello and welcome to November: In Review.

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Cyber Weekend Statistics and Shopping Trends 2016 [Infographic]

Written by Danielle Ricketts on 30 November 2016

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Congratulations, you survived the crazy cyber weekend and hopefully saw an increase in sales! Now that the weekend is over, let’s take a look at the stats from Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday (US) and Cyber Monday for 2016. At Brightpearl we’re privileged to work with over 1,200 SMB retailers from various retail industries so we took a look at their performance over the discount shopping days.

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3 Last Minute Tips for Independent Retailers to Get Involved in Small Business Saturday UK

Written by Danielle Ricketts on 28 November 2016

We’ve all heard of the crazy discount shopping days, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but there’s another important retail event around the corner... Small Business Saturday UK, which takes place on Saturday 3rd December. The shopping event celebrates independent retail by encouraging shoppers to support their local businesses. Small Business Saturday offers you the opportunity to shine the light on your independent retail business!

Looking to find out about Small Business Saturday in the U.S.? Read our recent blog!

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The Ultimate Ecommerce Platform Comparison

Written by Robert Rand on 23 November 2016

Whether you’re a startup or a well-established business, selecting an ecommerce platform to launch your digital store with can be a significant challenge. It’s important to build on the right foundation, as you’ll be investing time and capital into your online storefront, and rebuilding or migrating can be a significant expense. Most businesses focus on a platform that will last them for approximately three years, given that as both technology and individual businesses evolve, after a few years, it’s healthy to consider new options regardless. We've pullled together this ecommerce platform comparison to help you find the best fit for your business

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Retail Crowdfunding Advice from Roccbox's Successful Experience

Written by Marcus White on 18 November 2016

Brightpearl customer, Roccbox, had incredible success in raising money for their retail business through crowdfunding so we asked them to share their advice and crowdfunding checklist. 

When we were ready to bring Roccbox to market, we were in a position that many young businesses find themselves in; we had a product that was ready for market without the capital to fund our first productions. Whilst looking at various solutions, crowdfunding kept entering the conversation and we quickly realised that this was the best option for us. It allowed us to raise the funds we needed much faster than traditional methods would allow and gave us an opportunity to reward those who had followed Roccbox’s development, patiently waiting for us to bring it to market.

 

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3 Tips to Help Make This Year’s Small Business Saturday Your Best Yet

Written by Nicole Leinbach Reyhle on 16 November 2016

Founded in 2010 as a way to encourage consumers to support small businesses, Small Business Saturday will celebrate its seventh year this upcoming November 26, 2016. Taking place the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday has gained worldwide attention over the years – with the United States President Obama having supported it each year, as well as elected officials in all fifty states. Possibly even more impressive, however, is that in 2015 over 95 million consumers were reported to have shopped small on Small Business Saturday. Keeping this in mind, what can you do to help attract some of the millions of customers who plan to shop small this year?

 

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8 important features to look for in retail accounting software

Written by Jessica Barrett Halcom on 14 November 2016

 

Today’s retail environment looks incredibly different than it did even a decade ago. Customers have limitless options, which increases the already steep level of competition among stores. In an effort to understand demand and deliver accordingly, retailers are turning to retail accounting software capable of handling much more than point-of-sale (PoS) transactions.

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Holiday Season Secrets to Retail Success [Infographic]

Written by Danielle Ricketts on 11 November 2016

The holiday season can be extremely stressful for independent retailers, but with the increase in footfall across your bricks and mortar store, rise in traffic on your ecommerce website, and boost in searches across marketplaces, the festive shopping period offers incredible opportunities for omnichannel merchants to increase sales and achieve retail success.

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How to Create Omnichannel Brand Synergy

Written by Stefan Cardwell on 08 November 2016

Everyone is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of branding. Customers interact with brands in a huge way these days and it’s not just a font, some colours and/or a jazzy logo anymore, it’s deeper than that. Customers can trust a brand, feel loyal towards it, identify with it on a personal level. Likewise, consumers can feel negatively towards a brand, often blindly favouring a competitor.

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