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Marc Beerling of The Plans, focused on retail blueprints for today’s retailer

A great retail conversation with Marc Beerling this week. Marc is a retailer with 15 years experience in retail. In 2005, he started his own store after 3 years managing someone else’s, in a small Canadian city. Offering Mens and Ladies Contemporary as well as Lifestyle, Denim and Footwear, over the years he grew the […]

Positive results of your social impact story, retailer comebacks, vaccine legislation and back to school spending

How do you best tell your brand or store’s social impact story? Dan reviews the ideas around being authentic in your philanthropic pursuits for the benefit of your community, you and your business.  The inside story of COVID-crushed small businesses and their comeback hopes. We know the challenges and this articles dives into the stories […]

Retailers can’t ignore this topic any longer, cleaning time and the need for retail cyber insurance

A topic that retailers cannot ignore for much longer – Afterpay is helping Canadian retailers grow their e-commerce businesses and Dan shares his thoughts.  Cleaning time. How much time and energy is needed to invest in this area and what are the implications of not doing so?  Is cyber insurance needed for retailers? A great […]

Helpful tips for your start up retail, inventory planning and steps to build a great retail vision

The retailer questions had been piling up so Dan took the opportunity to answer three of them in this week’s podcast.Some informative insight for the independent retailer with questions and answers about tips for a start-up menswear retailer (which really could be any retailer), more details on inventory planning and some tips for building your […]

The opportunities in retail as a service, infrastructure support for your e-commerce and a toy store experience.

Are you up to date on RAAS? Retail as a Service, may be a little more challenging for some to grasp so we dove into that topic this week and chatted about that story. With the changing landscape of E-Commerce we shared a story about how it needs infrastructural support to expand. And finally, a […]

The future of retail and who it belongs to, retail’s declining rents and time for a private label

Listen on Anchor, Apple Podcasts, or Spotify. The stories, conversations and advice for the independent retailer. Thanks for joining us. Our first story this week… we discussed why the future of retail belongs to those who make the best decisions. Some strong points made in this story that you’ll want to hear for sure.Our next […]

Retail growth in wardrobe refresh, a strategy giving retailers the edge and what makes a great loyalty program.

Are you ready for a wardrobe refresh? Your customers sure are! Canadians are buying more jeans again and we discuss the positive impacts of this story on independent retailers. Also, we’ve got a topic that we’ve chatted lots about in the past but for this episode, we have a new take from the Harvard Business […]

Google for retail partnership, post-pandemic fashion and the signs that retail is going to be ok.

Listen now on SPOTIFY or on APPLE PODCASTS! More moves for Lightspeed as they announce a partnership with Google in a global deal to boost small businesses online. Dan shares some thoughts on what this has to offer. Some positive points brought up as Dan reviews the story talking about the 5 signs that retail […]

Start adapting and thriving, discovering the secrets of art and science of algorithms and feelings in retail

A solid list of 5 ways retailers can currently thrive. The keys not only to survival, but to adapting and thriving. Some art combined with some science. Dan shares his thoughts on Algorithms vs. humans: Who’s better at predicting fashion trends. A really enjoyable story with some different viewpoints were discussed on how small operators […]

Retail customer batching, addressing old business models and the importance of owning the last mile

How do you go about finding your retail community? Interesting story and discussion about new pop up and rental opportunities. They say that dating before you get married is always a good idea and we discuss that…as it relates to retail. There were some interesting points brought up in a story about retailers needing to […]