10 Blogs Every Brick & Mortar Retailer Should Read

In today’s rapidly evolving retail landscape, savvy brick & mortar store owners realise that they need to implement new strategies and identify where their strengths lie in order to survive and thrive. We’ve put together a list of 10 retail blogs which are full of educational content and resources to help your store compete in the digital age. 

1. WhizBang! Retail Training 

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In the last 20 years, retail experts Bob & Susan Negan have helped retailers of all sizes to build great stores through their brilliant training programs. Their blog is made up of a series of short videos where you’ll learn simple, straightforward and tested strategies and tactics to help you run a better business, have more fun and make more money.

2. Social Edge 

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Social Edge founder Crystal Vilkaitis is the go-to source for social media marketing training for small business owners. Her blog is jam packed full of videos and articles for retailers who want to promote, drive traffic and sell on social media. You can visit her Facebook page every Monday at 10am PST to watch to learn about modern marketing tools via Facebook Live.

3. Square 

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Leading POS provider Square’s Business Resource Center is filled with tips, advice and news to help you start, run, and grow your business. The blog is divided into categories such as finances, growth strategies and marketing. Some of the topics covered include window display ideas, top management techniques and how to file your taxes.

4. NRF

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The NRF blog is your go to place for all retail industry news and updates as well as key information on topics such as public policy and emerging retail trends. While you’re on their website, check out NRF’s Retail Gets Real podcast where you’ll hear retail executives and industry experts discuss trends, their career stories and the future of retail.

5. Retail Minded

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Founded by retail thought leader Nicole Leinbach Reyhle, Retail Minded is filled with industry resources and educational pieces to help independent businesses thrive in today’s retail landscape. You can also subscribe to Retail Minded Magazine and get a free copy using the code ‘learnretailnow’.

6. Clover 

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All-in-one POS provider Clover’s blog is filled with useful posts about how to improve your business and drive more customers to you store. You’ll also find a series of free on-demand webinars which cover everything from ways in which retailers can compete in the digital age to employee empowerment strategies.

 

7. Retail Mavens

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Retail Mavens founder Cathy Donovan Wagner has over 29 years of experience in retail as both a store owner and a consultant. During her time as a retailer she discovered that crunching numbers and putting together systems was something she was really good at so she decided to sell her stores and start sharing some of her expertise with other retailers. The Retail Mavens blog is a must-read for any store owners who are looking for ways to increase sales and improve their cash flow.

8. Retail Doctor

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Expert retail consultant Bob Phibbs was named one of the top retail influencers of 2016. Since setting up The Retail Doctor consulting firm in 1994 he has worked with some of the largest retail brands in the world including Bernina, Vera Bradley & Yamaha. His blog aims to provide brick & mortar retailers with the resources and tools needed to attract more customers to their store and create a better in-store experience.

 

9. Retail Adventures Blog 

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Rich Kizer & Georganne Bender are widely recognized as experts in all things retail. Their award winning Retail Adventures Blog is considered an important retail publication which offers highly actionable tips on customer service and merchandising for the retail shop owner.

10. Snap Retail 

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Online marketing platform SnapRetail are dedicated to providing business owners with the tools, education and support they need to stay top-of-mind with customers and increase traffic and sales. Their blog covers everything from how to use live video to email marketing for small businesses.

 


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