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This is a Buying Guide for

RETAIL STORE OWNERS

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Locate the products that interest you. See our product directory located on pages 6 & 7.

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FROM THE PUBLISHER Autumn is

finally upon us and now we start the retailer’s favorite season. Just about anything is truly possible from October through the holiday season. EVERY retailer anxious waits and watches as the season starts to unfold, hoping it will be their biggest ever. Hoping that all the planning and hard work to get ready for the season will pay off. IT is predicted that we should have a strong sales season this year as consumer confidence and spending is stable and at good levels. FOR many of us, Halloween is a major boost for our sales and kicks off the season. There are so many products that you can add onto your sales floor that will capitalize on the Halloween theme. Be sure that you are stocking these items as they will increase your bottom line. Putting some seasonal impulse items next to your register is the key. THIS is the month to introduce the lay-a-way program to your customers. Start your shoppers thinking about Christmas and encourage them to start shopping and holding items at your store. Post signs that you are now starting lay-a-aways. And don’t charge for this service. You will sell more merchandise by making this service free and accessible to all shoppers.

MAKE sure that you are accepting credit and debit cards. It is surprising that some businesses do not and that’s a big mistake. Rates are low and there are plenty of processors who will give you free equipment as well. Buyers will spend more when they can use plastic. ABOVE all, make sure that your selling space is festive and reflects each sales season. Start up with Halloween decorations, then move into Thanksgiving which then goes ti Christmas. If your space and your staff is in holiday mode then your shoppers will engage. Go that extra mile to make your space fun and inviting and include window and wall graphics and displays to attract new shoppers as well. WHEN I train my trade show staff for operating our booths at the shows we do I explain that we have only a limited time to make sales and every minute counts. When the show ends that window closes. When it comes to your sales staff at your store it is the same situation. You have a limited number of days to sell and make the most money you can for the season. When Christmas day comes the window’s closed!

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BUILD YOUR OWN WEBSITE

IF your business does not have a website or you need to improve your website and want the easiest and fastest way just log into this company and build your site within a few minutes. HERE is one of the best all in one e-commerce solutions that you can build, promote and grow your online business. They have 100’s of premade templates that will help you manage your inventory, provide e-mail marketing and sell everywhere including on social media. There is real time shipping, credit card acceptance and search engine optimization. THE company offers all Forum readers a free trial so you can testdrive the system and see for yourself how easy it is to use. These days you MUST have an easy to navigate website for your customers to use - this service is one of the best out there.

RC & DRONE HEADQUARTERS

THERE will be tons of remote control toys and drones purchased for this upcoming holiday season and you need to make certain that people are buying from YOUR store or site. WITH special weekly deals that will give you up to 90% off, RC Variety has the largest selection of helicopters, racing drones, flying drones, planes, cars and accessories as well. WITH their high volume purchasing power the company is able to import from some of the best factories and offer the lowest prices you will find to resell at your business. THIS month’s Hot Product is the Cheerson CX-32C RC Quadcopter RTF which is complete with camera and high hold mode. While supplies last you can buy this for only $24.55.

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Toys “R” Us Returns

THE iconic chain store is setting its sights on the big return it is planning. But the big hurdle that its new owners, Tru Kids Brands, may have is getting vendors to supply items as they are fresh out of bankruptcy. THE company announced that it will be opening their first two stores in Texas and New Jersey in time for the holiday season. Tru Kids will be partnering on the new stores with b8ta, a startup thats built both its own physical storefronts as well as a software platform to help retailers build experiential concepts. The two companies are hoping to open more stores throughout 2020. There are also plans in the works to relaunch the Toys “R” Us website, though an exact start date has not yet been announced. THIS new partnership with b8ta is being positioned as a selling point as Tru Kids looks to win back the trust of vendors who were burned by Toys “R” Us’s decline after their bankruptcy filing in September 2017. The next year a group of vendors, led by Crayola, filed a claim that they were still owed hundreds of millions of dollars by Toys “R” Us. A settlement agreement was made and everyone moved along. Now it is the job of the company to convince vendors that they will succeed in the relaunch. SO far there are a couple of dozen vendors who have signed on to sell to the two new retail stores and both partners are on roadshows trying to sign up more vendors over the next few weeks. They’re also tasked with convincing vendors that the new shops will be different than the dusty, downtrodden stores that the stores had turned into during their downfall. IT is expected that the new partnership will pull on b8ta’s ability to be agile in moving merchandise with a robust supply chain and online offerings. Their software will power the stores allowing the collection of robust data for the merchant. THE new stores will have modern updated designs, new features and even feature event spaces to hold birthday parties and celebrations for the shoppers. The new units will be between 6,500 and 10,000 square feet as opposed to the old stores that averaged around 40,000 square feet. WELL they’re off to a new beginning with two units as opposed to the hundreds of stores in the past. We wish our fellow retailers the best of success.

Walmart Wants High Schoolers

THE nation’s largest employer with a workforce of around 1.5 million people announced a plan to expand a college education perk for high school seniors to join their workforce. WALMART said fewer than 25,000 of its workers are high school students and they want to encourage more to join the ranks. The program will be offering flexible schedules, free ACT and SAT pre courses, up to seven hours of free college credit through their new program as well as a debt-free college degree through the Live Better U program the company offers. THIS program is a great way to make college accessible as well as provide jobs to high schoolers. Who needs Bernie or Elizabeth’s freebies...Walmart’s got this covered!

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Operating Your

Operating Your ETAIL RETAIL STORE

basis, and can make year-to-year comparisons. Think of the only variable in your budget for the first year as the amount budgeted in for INTERPRETING THE NUMBERS your salary. You can certainly live on more and, The budget included in your business plan if need be, will learn to live on less. Everything should incorporate a 5-year projection of costs else represents a necessary investment in givand sales, and the store’s profitability. You may ing the store its appropriate start. start to profit the first month, as soon as the revenue generated by sales exceeds your monthly FINANCIAL PROJECTION CHARTS cost of operations. More likely it will take longer than that to build your business to the The following financial projections are break-even point when revenue from sales covfor the same hypothetical clothing store ers expenses. Until that happens, you’re operatwe used for the start-up cost charts. ing in the red. When you’ve got money left over, and your monthly expenses are met, you’re in the black, and the business is prof- Sweet Impressions Clothing Boutique, Inc. itable. When those profits are enough to allow SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT you to satisfy any debts incurred by you to set PROJECTION ASSUMPTIONS up the business, you’ll begin to realize the full profit potential of your store. Continued from last issue...

Note A – Nature of Projections

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The Finances: This part of the plan should begin with a detailed breakdown of the cost of operation of your store, with start-up cost projections, an estimated annual budget, and sales projections for at least the first year. Your Contribution: Explain how much you are investing in the business, and the sources. Outside Investors: Identify who is investing and how much they are contributing, and what they expect for their money. Need: If you are trying to attract a loan or woo other investors, use all of the above to demonstrate how much you need and why your store represents a good investment. CONCLUSIONS: SUM UP EVERYTHING YOU’VE ALREADY SAID WITH CONFIDENCE AND ENTHUSIASM. continued...

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Forget About Institutional Sources of Financing This is your store, so it’s entirely your responsibility to raise the financing. Forget about lending institutions, like banks and venture capital firms, for now. It’s not that these houses of finance don’t like entrepreneurs. They just don’t want to lend you money until you can demonstrate your success. When you can present a track record that shows you’ve weathered a few ups and downs, and can hand them sales reports that prove the greatness of your store concept, they’ll be more likely to respond to your need for funding. Until then, you must first look within yourself, and your circle of family and friends, to finance your dream. continued...

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You may elect to secure the necessary funding When approaching friends from one rich aunt or from a whole roster of acand family as financiers of quaintances. Each approach has merits. A sinyour retail dream, you gle financier may stay completely in the should present this as an background until the store shows signs of falopportunity to help you as tering, and then become an aggressive adverwell as themselves. Share sary in deciding how your business should be your enthusiasm about the store and what it run with her money. If cash flow ever proves a could mean for them and you. You’ll need to be problem, it may take more work to explain attuned to what type of agreement each of your problems to many supporters. But with these personal contacts prefers. less at risk individually, none will apply the continued...

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INSTITUTIONAL LENDERS Good advice to the contrary, you may decide it’s worth investigating your chances for a business loan from a local lending institution. This may prove an exercise in futility, especially if the store is your first stab at self-employment. You may have good personal credit, and a good relationship with your local loan officer, but it

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SELLING THE PLAN TO OUTSIDERS Once you realize you can’t secure the funds the store requires from your personal wealth, you get promoted to salesperson. Selling yourself and your idea to family and friends poses a challenge easily met. You know these people, know what excites them, and frightens them. So you know how to talk to them. And they know you, for better or worse, so they have no illusions for what and by whom their money will be spent.

When you approach strangers for funding, it’s a much different game. Until they’ve had a chance to thoroughly review your plans, all they know is that you want some of their money. The impression you make, as much as your store concept and business plan, will win or lose their support. The entrepreneur presents himself as a person who knows what he’s doing., where he wants to go with the store, and how he will get there. Everything about how you present yourself to these strangers, from the way you dress to how you field questions you have no idea how to answer, will help or hurt the financial picture. continued...



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FORUM WORKSHOP forumworkshop Also emphasize what you’ll bring to the project in money, time, and commitment. Reiterate the optimism your research allows and do your best to address any concerns expressed. When offered criticism, consider its merits. Never take it personally or grow aggressively defensive. Remember, a professional always remains cool under pressure. The person who can’t handle a little flack in a conversation promises to crumble when the inevitable business crisis presents itself. That’s not the entrepreneur who wins investors to her ideas. When the meeting is over, express sincere thanks for the other’s time and interest in your idea. Hopefully your winning personality, confidence, and professionalism will allow you to leave with the promise of the funding. If not, you should have learned from the experience.

Always follow up on anything promised during the interview, and comply promptly with any application requirements. When things go well, a letter of thanks is always a nice touch.

A PLANNING CROSSROADS When you’ve exhausted all your financing options, you’ll come to a crossroads in the planning stage of your store. If you’ve been able to secure adequate funding, you can get to work filling in the details of your business plan and setting them in action. You’ll need to rework your budget in consideration of the payment arrangements you’ve made with any lenders. continued...



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FORUM WORKSHOP forumworkshop If you’ve already done that and found your idea a winner, perhaps you can expand the scope of that retail experiment. Use this setback to your advantage and cultivate increased demand for your products. Consider doubling the amount of inventory you carry in the booth or kiosk, or set up two mini-stores in different locations around your area. The added exposure can only broaden your customer base. If you’re truly an entrepreneur, you won’t give up; you’ll turn adversity into opportunity. On the other hand, if your experiments brought you limited success, and your best efforts failed to generate the financial support to get your business off the ground, it’s time to step back and reevaluate the store concept.

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Consider the experience of the visionary behind Hub Central, specialist in auto hubcaps. He recognized his business opportunity one afternoon driving home along one of his busy home city’s neglected byways. What did he see? A lot of potholes, a lot of cars hitting them, and a lot losing their their hubcaps. What startup inventory he couldn’t collect from the road shoulder, he purchased at area junk yards. He started in an open-air market conveniently situated across from the city’s strip of auto parts stores. Some of his customers were the disgruntled drivers who lost wheel covers during their daily commute. Most, though, turned out to be car collectors and restorers looking for vintage caps for their vintage cars. continued...

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YOUR PRE-OPENING CHECKLIST & SELECTING INVENTORY If you were fortunate enough to win sufficient financial endorsement for the store concept, or if you’ve reinvented your dream to fit your budget, you should waste no time in putting your plan into action. Before embarking on your quest for funding, you compiled a list of everything required to put your store in operation. Now organize those needs into a logical progression of manageable events. continued...

That may seem a highly specialized example, but it demonstrates the kind of thinking that should guide you in reinventing your store if you must. You may have the right idea for the wrong audience, or be approaching a valid market with a flawed strategy. Review all your notes about the theory behind your store,

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Your store is all about what it sells. From your earlier contact with suppliers you should already know what kind of turnaround they can give on orders, and the terms available to you. As soon as you give the contractor the goThese activities will vary, deahead to start work on the store, get out your pending on the type of store, inventory lists of what you plan to sell. Organyour space needs, and how ize it by source, manufacturer, distributor, or inyou plan to reach your audidividual and by product category. Get in touch ence. But every checklist with your sales contacts. Tell them your target should be a detailed accountopening day, and when you expect to be ready ing of everything that must be done, broken to take delivery of the products. Ask if they’ll down by the month, week, even day leading up take your order now and hold the goods at the to the big event. warehouse. This is a good idea if you’re entering any high-demand category as product Let’s look at the 2 major items likely to be shortages do develop. If you haven’t already on the checklist: inventory & personnel. worked out the terms of sale, now is the time to handle that as well. SETTING UP YOUR INVENTORY continued...



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A long-time leader in the closeout industry, this monthly newspaper brings you the BEST closeouts and overruns on the market. By using this powerful buying tool, every month, you will gain access to hundreds of new suppliers who offer the finest selection of closeout (below wholesale) merchandise available anywhere! Find Apparel, HBA and Cosmetics, Electronics, Home and Houseware, Fragrances, Jewelry, Sporting Goods, Tools, Toys, Videos and DVDs, and more. For larger discounts, many dealers sell pallet truckloads that will make you even more profits.

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USA Closeout Directory Toy Importers & Wholesalers

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Wholesale Sources Imagine Jam-packed a book with 1000’s putting 1000’s of of wholesale wholesalsources across ers at your the USA fingertips! This is the most accurate and useful resource guide you’ll ever own and refer to daily! • Apparel • Electronics • Fragrances • General goods • Gifts • Housewares • Leather • Jewelry • Novelties • Sunglasses • Watches • Toys and more! No. W1 Wholesale Sources $29.95

Auction Directory This is THE definitive guide to auctions! It not only tells you WHERE all the auctions are (all 50 states) but also HOW to participate in the auction process. Cash in on all government auctions, housing auctions, jewelry, cars, boats and more. Up-to-date information gives you names, addresses and phone numbers! And, unlike other auction websites or programs that require you to purchase updates or subscribe to monthly or weekly pay-per-listing services, once you have this book - You need to buy nothing else! It’s an incredible book you can use minutes after you receive it. Change your life today. Buy a home, car, or indulge in jewelry. Order No. AUC- Auction Directory - $39.95

Hobby & Craft Suppliers Guide The crafts industry is one of the hottest-growing segments in the marketplace today. Scrap-booking, painting, needle-crafts and sewing are hobbies that are sweeping the nation. We have compiled the ultimate directory of wholesale suppliers furnishing materials for this huge industry. • Art Materials • Baskets • Beads/ Trim • Ceramics • Dolls • Fabrics • Floral • Holiday • Paint • More! Order No. AC $29.95

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Jewelry Wholesalers & Manufacturers This exquisite directory will bring the world’s finest jewelers directly to you! Featuring fine jewelry of all types including: • Beads • Diamonds • Gemstones • Gold • Silver • Much More! The suppliers list their names, addresses, websites and specialties. All feature high-end quality jewelry that is sold wholesale for resale. You would have to travel the world over to view the thousands of suppliers listed in this brand new directory. If you are in the jewelry business and looking for new, high quality suppliers, you must order this directory! Order No. FJ $29.95

Holiday Merchandise Wholesalers & Manufacturers Introducing our newest directory that puts the country’s largest suppliers of holiday merchandise at your fingertips. Seasonal merchandise is a mainstay of the industry, but up until now it was hard to locate the thousands of suppliers scattered across the country. We have ended your searching with one directory which includes all types of wholesale merchandise: • Bows • Candles • Cards • Costumes • More Order No. HM $29.95

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USA Mail Order Catalogs

Wholesale Gift Guide A Great resource to locate higher end decorative merchandise. This gigantic 400 page guide is the definitive resource guide to finding suppliers for gift products. Listed by category, over 4,000 leading wholesalers and manufacturers servicing the gift industry are included. • Accessories • Collectibles • Floral • Gifts • Home/House You’ll refer to this on a daily basis to find new suppliers for products. Order No. GG

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New for this year is a compilation of BOTH consumer mail order catalogs in addition to business-to-business catalogs in one huge volume! Part one of this incredible collection of mail order catalogs provides the most comprehensive look at the consumer catalog in the industry available anywhere. Over 7,000 consumer catalog companies are listed under 44 various product chapters from Animals to Toys and Games. Catalog size, number of catalogs mailed, sales volume and key executive names are provided for ease in marketing your products to these catalogs. The second part of this directory provides details on suppliers of everything from computers to laboratory supplies; office products to office design; marketing resources to safety equipment. Just about every kind of product or service that a business needs to operate is covered. Order No. 159237-156-6 1,900 pages $450.00

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APPAREL BUSINESS DIRECTORIES Fabrics, Services, Trims A complete and updated guide listing over 2,600 nationwide suppliers of all types of domestic and imported fabrics, trims and notions, plus forecast services, swatch design studios and more for the apparel and design industries. Listings include sales manager’s name, price points, minimums, etc. Fabric and trim manufacturers, converters, jobbers and reps are listed. This sourcebook provides you with MATERIALS and sources to make your own goods. Order No. 0971486735 $135.00

Directory of Brand Name Apparel Manufacturers Updated and easy-to-use directory listing brand-name label manufacturers and importers in the women’s, men’s, children’s and accessory markets. Developed and targeted for store and catalog buyers to shop the apparel and accessory markets easily, there are over 2,800 brand name labels listed, broken down by types of apparel classifications. If you are looking for the SOURCES for brand name goods, this directory is for you. Order No. 0971486751 $135.00

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RN & WPL Encyclopedia A comprehensive listing of every Registered Number and Wool Product Label ever issued by the Federal Trade Commission to identify all sorts of goods imported, manufactured and/ or sold in the U.S. Over 126,500 records including contact information for more than 31,500 manufacturers, importers and wholesalers of apparel and textile goods. Listings include where available: RN or WPL number, contact names & titles, street addresses, phone & fax numbers, website & e-mail addresses, type of business and product information. Order No. RN8. Directory $285 Order No. RN8C Directory/CD Combo $475

The Small Design Company's Guide to Wholesale Fabrics & Trims Upj-to-date guide created specifically for the smaller design houses and home sewing businesses. Directory lists fabric and trim companies that will sell to businesses that require 0 to 500 yards as a production order. Book lists low-minimum and in-stock fabric suppliers and all their contact information. Order No. A-106 $65.00

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