Stories, guides and how-tos for retail small businesses

6 Ways Retailers Can Make This Their Busiest Holiday Season Ever

‘Tis the season to be jolly. Oh, and to get your holiday ads up-and-running in time. Yet as Fionnuala Meehan, VP EMEA, Google Marketing Solutions explains, being first to advertise won’t guarantee you success. It’s time to think laterally, act local and keep on going until the party’s over. Six ways retailers can make this their busiest holiday season ever by thinking laterally, acting local and keeping on going until the party’s over. If you were wondering whether it’s too soon to start your seasonal ad campaign, wonder no more: It definitely isn’t. In fact, over half of seasonal shoppers start researching their purchases in October, or earlier. And almost one in three of Europe’s internet shoppers plan to make their pre-holiday purchases in November, if not sooner. According to Fionnuala...

Accounting for Your Business: Tips for the Retail Industry

Every industry needs to conduct audits and prepare accounting for their businesses, but SME retail stores face several special accounting challenges. A complex business and limited resources to devote to the accounting process are just two of the challenges in the retail industry. Simple economics tells us that allocating scarce resources properly will make your business run better. As an SME owner you must know the complexities of your own business and use your limited resources effectively. This should involve accounting software that is suitable for your current needs. Retail Start-Up Starting a business can be an overwhelming process. Turning business ideas into business proposals should lead you to decide how to start a business. Previous retail experience can be an advantage. With di...

10 Ways To Make Your Store Millennial Friendly

Millennials run the world. Thinking you can ignore this demographic is definitely a mistake. According to Huffington Post, Asian millennials are the new big spenders in the global consumer market. In Asia, they make up a sheer 410 million of the total population and they are equipped with high purchasing power. Want to find out how your store can latch onto this demographic? Below are 10 tips I have learnt over the years as a store owner myself. 1. Consider Seamless Payments

These 2 Mum’s Ran a Malaysian Alterations Empire for 16 Years

Before the year 2002, the few ways one could get their clothes altered in Kuala Lumpur after a shopping spree was to drive up to their neighbourhood alteration shop operated by a part-time seamstress in her home. While there was nothing particularly wrong with the way that alterations were being conducted, Za Altera founders Cheryl Cheah and Susan Liew realized that there was a huge gap in the market for such needs.