Moving from external theft to internal theft. Last week we talk about potential customers entering your store and stealing product—and the surprising insight that most shoplifters are adults and many are actually buying items at the same time as stealing them. In that blog, you’ll find some solid strategies for reducing shoplifting as well as a tease for this blog focusing on employee theft. Now you might be thinking that you only have a few employees who you trust or that you are around most of the time so this blog does not apply to you. And, by all means, we hope that is the case. However, adding an extra layer of vigilance make all the difference. The reason we suggest you consider this is that, according to Forbes, employee theft of merchandise costs over $18 Billion dollars a year. And that doesn’t account for other types of theft such as skimming, embezzlement or stolen time all total employees who participate in these types of theft make up 75% of the workforce. So what do to?
Our color cards teach you how to bring on-trend looks to your shop. Our Amethyst Garden color card draws inspiration from the meditative and calming qualities of the lavender colored stone. Hues of purple come together with gray and metal accents to create a relaxing feel. Saints and animal statues complete the look. Once you create your Amethyst Garden display, share the color card below with your shoppers so they can re-create their own version at home
Our color cards teach you how to bring on-trend looks to your shop. Our Urban Geometry color card draws inspiration from the blended heritage of urban environments. Hues of gold and gray come together with war wood tones and repurposed materials to create a unique and interesting look. Pops of green botanicals add interest and dimension to the look. Once you create your Urban Geometry display, share the color card below with your shoppers so they can re-create their own version at home
What you need to know now, and how you can change. When they announced their acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon set the retail world ablaze. Suddenly, the online retail giant was jumping the shark to brick and mortar, and a lot of people took notice—as Amazon’s all time high stock prices are a testament too. But the “end of days” are not here for all of retail. As Amazon looks to bring scale and efficiency to the physical store environment there are many plays open to smaller retailers to defend, and offensively plan for, the changes to come. Here are three things you can do now, and three example retailers to learn from.
Sometimes the grind of running your own business leaves you needing a little lift. We get it. That shipment was late. Then a customer made a return on an item you swear was used. And of course, this is that day that Sally called in sick. Sometimes when you’re running your own business things come up Aces, but there are days when you just need some encouragement. If today is not your day, we’re here to tell you: You’ve got this. Keep going. We’re behind you all the way. We work hard for our retailers every day to make the best possible products with the industry’s best service so Melrose will not be one more thing on your list.
Our color cards provide everything you need to quickly get inspired on a theme...today it's Driftwood! Our Driftwood color card draws inspiration from the soft washed wood of the east coast beaches. Hues of gray, black and green come together with wood and metal finishes to create a free and unaffected pallet. Metal finishes add interest and dimension to the look. Once you create your Driftwood display, share the color card below with your shoppers so they can re-create their own version at home
Today we bring you a roundup of key floral and garden industry news. Here at MelSpeak we spend a lot of time talking about the gift industry but we know a lot of our readers own Floral Shops or Garden Centers. With that in mind we want to take some time to look at current trends in the floral industry.
Our color cards provide everything you need to quickly get inspired on a theme...today it's French Gray! Our French Gray color card draws inspiration from the casual French lifestyle. Shades of gray, blue and crisp white come together with mixed natural elements to create a breezy feeling. Breaking the monochromatic feel are botanical lavender accents and shabby chic enamel items. Once you create your French Grey display, share the color card below with your shoppers so they can re-create the look at home
As the landscape of the gift industry has changed one thing remains the same. The Small Business Development Center Network released their Gift Shop & Greeting Card Stores trend alert. We’ve done the work for you and read the white paper. Below you’ll find more about the history of the gift industry as well as key industry associations you may consider joining.