To attract customers, your store should be filled with cool products that customers want and need. But finding out what customers want can be daunting. Leslie Faltin of Instrumental Music Center explores three questions to ask yourself before committing to a purchase order.
Presented By Donovan Bankhead
One of the biggest problems most music retailers face is inventory. They have too many products that aren’t moving and not enough products that are. This can be fixed by avoiding a few key pitfalls and identifying the winners and losers in your store. Learn how from Donovan Bankhead of Springfield Music.
Presented By Lori Supinie
Do you know what’s profitable at your store and, more importantly, exactly what products and operations are not? Having a hunch doesn’t count. Only when you know where your profits really are can you make the best decisions to maximize your bottom line. Lori Supinie of Senseney Music shows you how to manage your profitability.
A recent news report estimated that the average American household spends about 4 percent of its annual income on gasoline. Plus, most freight shipments that get delivered to our doors arrive in vehicles running on diesel, which is even more expensive. For this reason and many more, we have to keep a close eye on our daily freight costs. Mike Guillot of Mississippi Music shows you how.
Presented By Lori Supinie
As a music store owner, you can’t escape budgeting. At The NAMM Show, Lori Supinie of Senseney Music urged retailers to view their companies’ budgets in a new light. She walked the audience through the essentials of the budgeting process and explained why you need a budget, how to prepare a budget and how you can use your budget throughout the year.
What are the warning signs that internal fraud or theft might be occurring at my store?  Every year, statistics are compiled about internal fraud and theft that happens in U.S. retail stores—and those statistics are startling:
How do I convince my bank to lend to me?  There’s an old saying, “The time to get a banker is when you don’t need one.”  That’s because most people wait until there’s a severe cash flow crisis before they contact a banker to obtain a much-needed loan. Unfortunately, a retailer's chances of getting a loan are greatly diminished if the store is unprofitable and losing money. But even the most pro
Watch this video for an easy lesson on creating a budget and steering your music store toward profitability and success.
How much should I be spending on advertising?  Advertising is an important expenditure for any retailer. Yet the field is always changing, which requires you to explore and consider new avenues of delivering your message to keep the image associated with your store fresh and to attract the best customers to your store. The good news is that with changing advertising media, some of these new way
How much should I be spending on rent?  Everyone knows the old saying about rent and retailing:  “It’s all about location, location and location.” As relevant as this statement is today, the Internet has greatly impacted rent expense and has made its measurement somewhat convoluted. Your customers can now research virtually any product they want via the Internet, which leads directly to the key

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