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Shaking Off the Retail Apocalypse With Hope and Real Data

This is a lengthy article to lay out the details of the retail apocalypse, a claim of massive store closures, shipageddon, and other claims. I hope...
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8 Benefits of Online Retail Sales Training

I used to think online retail sales training would be impossible to deliver in a new way. But I was wrong. The Internet is changing not only the way...
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Visual Merchandising: 12 Insights How To Merchandise Your Store

Retail merchandising is such an important topic - especially during Covid-19. Most of the time smart retailers call it visual merchandising and are...
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30 Tips On How to Deal With Anxiety About Your Store’s Future

It started with a simple question to me, “How do I overcome anxiety?” It came from a retailer dealing with all the stresses of reopening, cleaning,...
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Whether the retail sales training is delivered in person by a sales trainer like myself, online through a program like my SalesRX.com, or an...

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When major league baseball players return to their fields, that will be a huge marker of the beginning of the return to normalcy after COVID-19. ...

It’s Time To Embrace The Virtual Retail Salesperson

Retail stores are closed. Employees are being furloughed. And I haven’t seen a roll of toilet paper in my local grocery store for 3 weeks. On top of...

How Will You Embrace The Great Coronavirus Retail Reset?

What we do as retailers now will determine what retail looks like in the future. We as consumers are hitting the pause button because of the...

How to Operate During Coronavirus Retail Challenges

I know I have a range of business owners with their own perspectives about the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Some are scoffing at all the fuss...

Retailers: How To Deal With Coronavirus

How to deal with virus outbreak? Most retail store manager training includes have to have sales meetings but when was the last time you talked about...

Retail Trends: 10 Must See Retailers You Must Visit In New York City

When coming to New York, retailers should study what’s new in Manhattan. You can see technology, merchandising, retail trends, and customer...

Selling In A Retail Store: How to Disarm Customers in 10 Seconds

In the moment after someone has walked into your store but before the salesperson has spoken to them, anticipation builds. Here’s how to make sure...

Top 10 Technology Innovations For Retailers Of All Sizes As Seen At NRF2020

As brick and mortar retailers continue to look for how to compete with online, many are realizing they have to do more with both fewer stores and...

9 New Visual Merchandising Trends For Your Store

Visual merchandising covers everything from how you visually arrange your merchandise to how you interrupt traffic patterns in your store, to how you...

How to Learn Relationship Selling and Close More Sales

I train a lot of retail stores how to sell using a fairly detailed process. You can’t just wing it. If you're wondering how to get more out of your...

How To Gain A Positive Customer Perception Of Your Brand

What customers think of you decides how much you can charge for your product, what kind of employees you have working for you, and what kind of...

5 Steps to Closing a Retail Sale Quickly

Closing a sale. Why is it so hard to do? Because you are putting yourself on the line. Did you read the situation correctly? If you ask and they...

Bad and Good Customer Service Examples At Saks Fifth Avenue

Longtime readers know I sometimes share both my good and bad retail customer service shopping experiences from across the world.  What are three key...

The Causes And Consequences Of Bad Customer Service

The reason for a bad customer service experience could best be summed up by Lily Tomlin's character Ernestine, "We're the phone company; we don't...

Better Sales through Customer Engagement

  How can you determine whether your customer engagement strategy needs improvement? Quite simply, passive shoppers don’t buy. What is customer...

Value Selling: How To Sell Value Over Price In Your Store

Value selling is, at its heart, the moving of more merchandise. No matter how many facts you know about a product, if the consumer doesn't see the...

10 Reasons Working Retail Isn't Bad For Your Health

This post was written pre-COVID-19. Obviously, coming in contact with people from all over the world can raise risks for your personal health. A...

Are You Missing These 4 Key Retail Sales Training Tips?

What are the best retail sales training tips? Those tips that make a shopper feel for a few minutes they are the most important person in the world....

Managing Sales Behaviors to Improve Sales Performance

What are sales behaviors? They are a series of actions comprised in a sales process, the way sales people act and talk with shoppers. It is not as...

10 Of The Retail Doctor’s Best Retail Blogs From 2019

You know you should be searching for the best retail blogs to learn how to do better with your store so I’ve compiled this list to help you build...

How Does Online Retail Sales Training Work?

Retailers, are you meeting your retail employees' training needs? Online retail sales training programs can help you provide better customer service...

How To Get Long Term Retail Employees To Unlearn Bad Selling Habits

There’s an old adage that goes something like you can’t put new ideas into a full bottle; you need to empty it to make way for the new. To do that...

Top Voices Retail 2019 - What Was Missing

Every year I look forward to the LinkedIn Top Voices Retail to see who I should be following, who I know on the list, and even, last year, thrilled...

How Amazing Customer Moments Help you Survive Working Holiday Retail

I might have been a nut, but I actually liked working retail during the holidays.  A lot of retail workers complain they can’t survive working...

SalesRX Online Retail Sales Training Certification Proves Results

An online retail sales training program can be the best way for a retailer to increase their customer experience by turning their staff into sales...

What It Takes to Be an Awesome Assistant Store Manager

If you’re looking for the top skills for how to be a good shop assistant or assistant store manager, you’ve come to the right post. So many retailers...

9 Powerful Tips To Grow Retail Sales With Role Play, Even If You Hate It

If you’re trying to grow your retail sales, role play has to be an essential part of your daily practice. Retailers who are struggling think their...

5 Employee Behaviors Stunting Your Ability To Increase Your Retail Conversion Rate

While a lot of people moan about fewer people going to the mall, what really matters is improving conversion rates of those who just enter your shop...

Barney’s Bankruptcy Shows Limits Of Poor Customer Service

I first stepped into Barney’s in New York City in 1993 because it was one of the only high-end men’s clothing stores that featured exceptional new...

What You As A Retailer Should Do To Deal With Tariffs

I expect it is going to be a great August for retail sales. Not because it’s back-to-school season but because of announced new tariffs. When people...

The Growing Backlash Against Brands Undercutting Their Retail Partners By Going D2C

I used to work under a high-pressure bonus program. It was everything to hit goal for the month. Some guys would do incredible deals with shoppers...

5 Ways How To Develop Top Managers In Your Store

I was talking to a frustrated CEO last week. Their No. 1 store was failing and he felt it was the manager’s fault.  I asked, “What were his...

7 Easily Missed Danger Signs Your Retail Business Is Failing

I remember a buddy of mine who went to work for Circuit City. He did a great job and was promoted many times. Because each employee’s paycheck was...

Retailers: Gen Z Values Brick and Mortar Stores More Than You Think

Oracle NetSuite and I partnered on a survey to find out exactly where the disconnect between shoppers and retailers is occurring by generations and...

3 Experiential Retailers Doing Store Design Right

It’s been a tough last few months for brick and mortar retailers as many are reporting lower same-store sales like GAP, Kohl’s and Nordstrom while...

5 Retail Trends Transforming Shopping That Didn’t Exist 25 Years Ago

I am celebrating 25 years as the Retail Doctor and looking at retail trends. I put myself through college working at the Broadway Department Store....

Why Might Your Store Employees Be Ripping You Off Blind?

A friend of mine received a disturbing product recall on his Pacifica van – the ball joint on the front wheel could break with catastrophic results.

Three Things You Must Do that Help Selling to Men

Many retailers are wondering, “How can I get more sales from men in my retail store?” It’s a good question to ask because more data is coming out...

The 5 Shifts Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Are Making to Generate Up to 20% Higher Profits Every Month

Are you a hungry brick-and-mortar store owner who’s ready for a fresh, people-obsessed strategy? This training is for you if you want to grow your business using a powerful customer experience formula proven to make your cash register chirp.