How to Avoid Mutiny This Holiday Weekend

How To Avoid Mutiny This Holiday Weekend

 

Ever heard of the Mutiny on the Bounty? Sailors on the HS Bounty were tired of swabbing the decks and working long hours on a boring ship. So they mutinied, burned the ship and set up housekeeping in nearby Tahiti.

We’re not talking here about mutiny on the high seas— we’re talking about mutinous store employees. And the stakes are much higher. Black Friday weekend is a billion dollar business for the retail industry; store owners eagerly await the hordes of shoppers and large sales numbers that will bring the year’s profits higher. But while owners love these four biggest shopping days of the year, employees dread Black Friday weekend. Read More

Here Come The Holidays: 3 Tips to a Successful Season

 

Here Come The Holidays

The Holidays are Here

Walk into any Walmart at 11:59 pm on October 31st and what do you see? Pallets of Christmas products, decorations and other assorted holiday items. Employees hover around like a pack of ravenous wolves waiting for the OK to pounce. The clock strikes midnight and the walkie-talkies light up like a trucker convention. The holiday season has arrived. Let the madness begin. Read More

Top 10 Signs You Didn’t Shop Local

Buying local on Black Friday weekend is a good idea for so many reasons: you’re helping local businesses, more of your money is staying in the community and you can find unique, distinctive gifts that will wow your family and friends. But sometimes, the call of those Big Box stores is just too tempting, and you succumb to Black Friday madness. Here are the top 10 signs that you didn’t shop local. Read More

Harper Grey: A Better Idea for Black Friday

 Retail Insights with Harper Grey

I write a column every week about shopping. Obviously, I like it. A lot. Too much, some (read: my husband) might say. I enjoy browsing through shops, looking for great clothes or fun gifts. And I love, love, love a bargain. But what do I NOT love? Black Friday.

I don’t do the wake up at 3:00 a.m. and stand in line in the freezing cold just to save $10 on a video game thing. I’d much rather stay in my nice, warm bed and do my shopping at a more reasonable hour, thank you very much. Read More

Are You Ready for Cyber Monday?

Cyber Monday

 

Small local businesses have a lot to offer the holiday shopper over Black Friday weekend. You can draw in local customers with your unique, one-of-a-kind merchandise, your stellar customer service, your quality products and the fact that you’re giving so much more to your local community than those big box stores.

But what about Cyber Monday? OK, so you’re not Amazon. You don’t have huge warehouses full to the brim with discounted merchandise. But that doesn’t mean you can’t capitalize on the madness of Cyber Monday. Last year, billions of dollars in sales were generated on this day. Grab some of those sales for your business! Read More

Top 10 Signs You Forgot Bosses Day

 

Top 10 Signs: Bosses Day

Did you know that Boss’s day was last Tuesday? Yeah . . . we didn’t think so. This holiday was created so that you could buy your boss a present. Take him to lunch. Thank him again for providing you with the joy of gainful employment. But you obviously blew off the holiday entirely. How do we know? Because we are pretty sure that at least one of these top 10 signs that you forgot boss’s day applies to you. Read More