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Posted on July 31, 2019 by Carm McCormick

Be a 7-Eleven, Not a Copycat

Creating exceptional retail environments is about personalizing the mold without breaking it  When you really break it down, all retail stores in a particular industry tend to look the same. They have the same layout, similar lighting, and display their goods the same way – just walk into a grocery store in Toronto one day and Los Angeles the next …

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Posted on July 17, 2019 by Bud Morris

Turning your concept into an exceptional retail space.

How the CBSF design-build process helps retail businesses scale while making the most of budgets and timelines. What started as a business idea, your concept, quickly became the real thing. But at a certain point in the growth of every retail business, people in your position find themselves looking beyond the first few locations; outgrowing the scrappy, start-up mindset that …

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Posted on June 26, 2019 by Michael Benarroch

Is It Time To Relocate Your Business?

Growth represents success, but also more responsibility. Read on to see if you are ready.  It’s easy to get comfortable in your current location despite some hurdles you had to conquer. Your customers access your current location with some difficulty by trekking long, traffic-filled journeys. The rent has been inching its way up toward your budget limit, but you’ve been …

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Posted on June 12, 2019 by Carm McCormick

Self-Checkout Is The Future Of Retail

The question is not if you should implement self-checkout options, but when. Retailers struggle with the idea of implementing self-checkout machines because of two issues: cost and customer satisfaction. Installing just one self-checkout machine can cost from $30 000 to $60 000, which, for some retailers, can be a huge investment. In addition to heavy costs,  customers and cashiers have …

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With the right fixtures and accessories, you can refresh your store’s look and drive sales. The chances of succeeding in a new business are bleak. Only about 20% of new businesses make it through their first year. From these survivors, half of them disappear after five years. And then, only one-third of these new businesses make it to their 10th …

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Limited time and stock show their worth with experiences that give value to both the new consumer generation and retailer. As millennials and Gen Z’ers age with some disposable income, retailers have continually shifted their sales efforts to follow their growing market’s shopping habits. Retailers have already entered the online market to compete with e-commerce giants like Amazon and AliBaba. …

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Things to consider and expect to get the most from this annual trade show. After attending and presenting at this year’s StorePoint, there are a few things that I believe are important for store owners to consider before going next year to make the most of it. I’ve been a part of this industry for many years and as an …

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You know the importance your products have in driving sales.  But between establishing your business, operations, finance, marketing, and the general hustling to scale everything, the overall consumer experience, and the impact it plays in your bottom line, can be easily ignored. And this lack of focus can be fatal to the growth of your brand and business.  The best …

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LED lighting has become the proven path to better light in retail stores. Believe us, upgrading to LED really is a bright idea. LED technology is completely reshaping how businesses handle their interior lighting designs. In both new construction and upgrades of retail spaces, LED lighting is quickly becoming the new standard, not only because of its energy efficiency. LED …

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Posted on March 13, 2019 by Michael Benarroch

Opening A Retail Store? Timelines Are Everything.

When you’re in charge of opening the first, fifth, or fifteenth store, making a plan (and sticking to it) is absolutely worth the investment — because once you get started, there’s no turning back without serious costs attached.

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