Small-Business Hacks chads Fri, 04/01/2022 - 11:44
Barry Moltz revealed 14 of his 100 shortcuts to success at his education session—aptly named after one of his books, Small Business Hacks—during the 2021 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The author—a three-time entrepreneur, public speaker and business consultant—kept it lively by telling jokes (often at his own expense), asking what strategies attendees used to grow their businesses and handing out $5 bills to those who played along.
Federal Aid for Businesses in 2021 chads Thu, 04/01/2021 - 14:14
Last December, Congress passed, and former President Trump signed into law, a bill providing an additional $900 billion in federal stimulus spending in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the prospect of a post-holiday economic slowdown. The legislation approves direct payments to individuals of up to $600 and provides a $300 weekly extension of unemployment assistance, some $285 billion in loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), $25 billion in rent relief, and more than $80 billion to aid schools and colleges.
How 4 Wheel Parts Continues to Thrive Even During the Pandemic admin Fri, 01/01/2021 - 10:05
COVID-19 has forced brick-and-mortar retailers to rethink the way they conduct business. Many have responded by implementing one-way aisles, social-distancing measures and installing physical barriers between the employees and customers. Despite these changes, some retailers have succeeded in adapting and finding ways to retain a loyal customer base. A case in point is 4 Wheel Parts, which operates a chain of retail stores servicing off-road enthusiasts.
Dealing With Supply-Chain Disruptions admin Tue, 12/01/2020 - 11:32

RetailThere’s no denying that recent supply-chain disruptions are putting a two-fold crunch on many aftermarket sellers. On one hand, consumer demand for aftermarket products is surging as enthusiasts turn to do-it-yourself automotive projects to while away the hours of COVID-19-induced shutdowns. On the other, scarcity of raw materials, temporary closures or slowdowns of industrial facilities and even hoarding of key items have hindered the ability of brands to speed enough product to warehouse distributors (WDs) and retailers to meet market needs.

Best Practices: Marketing in the COVID-19 Environment admin Sun, 11/01/2020 - 13:10

Hot Shot's SecretFounded and owned by Chris Gabrelcik, Lubrication Specialties (also known as Hot Shot’s Secret) manufactures industrial-grade lubricants and additives designed to improve engine performance in both professional and everyday consumer applications. Located in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, just north of Columbus, the company has outgrown three buildings in the past eight years and now is headquartered in a 30,000-sq.-ft. production warehouse set to double in size in the coming year.

Reopening: A Guide to COVID-19 Workplace Cleaning and Sanitation Protocol Sources admin Tue, 09/01/2020 - 14:44

RetailAs retail businesses reopen across the country and customers gradually return to stores, companies are rolling out new policies to adapt to the “new normal” business climate afforded by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Foremost among those are new protocols for workplace cleaning and sanitation.

Getting Back to Business admin Sat, 08/01/2020 - 14:05

Back to BusinessAs of May 20, 2020, all states with stay-at-home orders began lifting their restrictions, including those pertaining to commerce. But while America’s retail sector has been getting back to business, it hasn’t been business as usual—and things likely will be different for some time to come.

Business Survival Tips admin Mon, 06/01/2020 - 13:28

Titan SpeedBusinesses seem to increasingly find themselves at the mercy of some sort of natural disaster, whether it’s a hurricane, an earthquake, a flood or a wild fire. As a result, it’s crucial for business owners to be prepared and have a response plan in place in the event the unthinkable happens.

Retail Doldrums? admin Fri, 05/01/2020 - 15:06

RetailGetting “unstuck” is a popular small-business topic, and there’s no end to advice articles online. Most of them deal chiefly with burnout and the motivational blocks that can stymie a business owner. However, small-business expert Barry Moltz believes that there’s more to getting a retail business unstuck than motivational gimmickry—even while he concedes that it’s hard for a business owner to exude enthusiasm day in and day out.

Guarding Against Retail Theft admin Wed, 04/01/2020 - 11:08

RetailAs a retailer, are you doing everything you can to minimize loss from theft? Whether it results from shoplifters, employees or vendors, theft remains a leading cause of “inventory shrinkage” and operational loss among retailers. In fact, according to the National Retail Foundation (NRF), inventory shrinkage cost the U.S. retail industry $46.8 billion in the last year. The NRF further set the average shrink rate for a retail business at 1.33% of sales. That may sound small, but for a retail outfit making $1 million in sales a year, that’s over $13,000 unaccounted for.

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