Chris Burslem is the group managing editor of INSTORE. He loves it when good ideas triumph.
The data-sorting process continues as we prepare the results of our 2014 Big Survey for the October edition of INSTORE. And, while we've been through this many times before, the responses never cease to amaze us. Here is a good example: the pre-editor's cut of Question 18: What’s the most interesting thing you’ve taken in as barter or trade-in in lieu of a cash payment? Enjoy!
If there was one "good" thing about the Great Recession, it was that just about all retailers had company in their misery. With the economy in such a bad way, it was hard for anyone to thrive no matter how strong their business model.
We'll soon be closing this year's Big Survey and from the early returns we're confident it will be one of our best yet. We have managed to get a great response -- one of our biggest ever -- and collected some fascinating data.
Here are just 10 findings that caught my eye after taking a quick glance through the early results:
In an upcoming Tech for Your Store column, we look at how iPads and other tablets are evolving as retail tools.
When it first appeared just over four years ago, most retailers immediately saw the iPad's potential as a high-resolution look book with a capacity to show off more inventory than any one brick-and-mortar store could possibly hold. This was particularly useful for custom designers who create a lot of one-off pieces (or even if they just wanted to show off CAD renderings in an eye-pleasing way.)
Go to any business school and they will drum into you the importance of treating memory and intuition with suspicion. If it’s a decision that’s important, recurring, and amenable to improvement, you should invest in gathering data, doing analysis, and examining “failure factors,” or so goes the orthodoxy (and the jargon).