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The Retail Shift podcast shares business advice for inventory-based brands and the merchants who run them. I'm Chris Guillot, CEO of Merchant Method and your portable retail coach. When you join my free podcast community at MerchantMethod.com/RetailShift you’ll learn how to apply these shifts to your business AND meet indie retailers and makers just like you.

Retail Shift Chris Guillot, Merchant Method

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The Retail Shift podcast shares business advice for inventory-based brands and the merchants who run them. I'm Chris Guillot, CEO of Merchant Method and your portable retail coach. When you join my free podcast community at MerchantMethod.com/RetailShift you’ll learn how to apply these shifts to your business AND meet indie retailers and makers just like you.

    Business Failures: Recovering From vs. Redefining Them

    Business Failures: Recovering From vs. Redefining Them

    Hindsight is 20/20. It gives us a less tender opportunity to learn from past mistakes, oversights, and failures. As someone who’s fascinated but learning from her own history, I know there’s more to get out of hindsight than — like learning how to fail up from business failures.

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    • 14 min
    Confidence, Clarity, and Being a Small Business CEO

    Confidence, Clarity, and Being a Small Business CEO

    A common thread that connects business owners and CEOs across all organizations, in all industries — regardless of business size — is a desire for both confidence and clarity. The leadership role can feel isolating. It takes a lot of work to hold down the fort and to take big leaps toward growth. The reality is that many things out of your control. But there’s a lot more you can sway… if you know how.
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    • 14 min
    The Overlooked Aspects of Event Planning

    The Overlooked Aspects of Event Planning

    Between seasonal holidays like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, non-holiday seasonality associated with school graduation and sports, and the general energy that comes from experiencing warm weather, customers are opening their wallets more freely since fourth quarter. Whether you’re opening a brand new brick-and-mortar business or growing your chain of retail stores, event planning should be an important part of your operational process.
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    • 8 min
    Merchandise Life Cycle for Small Retail Businesses and Small-Batch Manufacturers

    Merchandise Life Cycle for Small Retail Businesses and Small-Batch Manufacturers

    When I started working in a retail buying office, I found it to be an exciting time in my life. I adored being part of the decision-making that shaped what customers bought. Specifically, I enjoyed learning how to understand my customers so deeply that I could shop of them. During this early part of my career, I could have left the rest of the merchant role behind. Ultimately, I couldn’t pick and choose what to focus on and what to ignore, and neither can you.

    • 9 min
    Handling the Administrative Work that Goes Into Your Retail Business

    Handling the Administrative Work that Goes Into Your Retail Business

    When it comes to receiving business coaching to grow your small business, sharing as much as you can about your operations is more revealing — and actionable — than sharing how much annual revenue your brand drives. It’s easy to villainize administrative tasks like replying to vendor emails, cataloging digital photos, and handling invoices as pesky to-dos. But nothing can be further from the truth.

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    • 9 min
    The Best Planner for Retailers and Makers

    The Best Planner for Retailers and Makers

    Paper planners and desk-sized calendars are popular companions to the kickoff of any new year. They represent fresh starts and goal setting. I’m curious — did you start the year with business goals, and a new planner or journal in hand? More importantly, are you still planning with the same level of commitment you had earlier in the year? You’re not the only merchant in search of a planner or online planning tool that will help you.
    © Thinking Thumbprint LLC DBA Merchant Method. All rights reserved.

    • 9 min

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