6 Ways to Save Time During Site Visits and Inspections

It’s no secret that site visits are incredibly important to your retail operations. Store audits and inspections enable you to evaluate programs and initiatives, ensure compliance, and even connect with teams on the ground.  However, they can also take time. Between audit preparations, travel time, inspecting stores, and following up, site visits can take anywhere … Continue reading 6 Ways to Save Time During Site Visits and Inspections

How To Protect The Brand With Site Visits

Creating a strong, recognizable brand takes a ton of work. You need to ideate, craft the right messaging, and ensure that it resonates with your target market. Equally important is maintaining brand consistency, especially if you’re running multiple stores. To build trust and loyalty, you must provide the same brand experience across all customer touchpoints.  … Continue reading How To Protect The Brand With Site Visits

6 Store Inspection Mistakes District Managers Make When Auditing Retail Stores

Having high standards and a strong plan of action is great, but even the best strategies will fall flat if they aren’t carried out properly.  As Larry Bossidy, former AlliedSignal CEO wrote in the bestselling book, Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, “Strategies most often fail because they aren’t well executed.” This lesson rings … Continue reading 6 Store Inspection Mistakes District Managers Make When Auditing Retail Stores

How to Build a Retail Audit Checklist

Retail audits, also called Store Visits or Store Inspections, drive higher compliance with brand standards at store level. They increase sales and profit margins, boost customer satisfaction and cut business risks. Maybe you are starting a retail audit program from scratch. Maybe you have an existing program and are looking to improve or automate your … Continue reading How to Build a Retail Audit Checklist

How to Manage Store Operations Remotely

Pre-pandemic, district managers physically visiting the stores in their district, cluster or region (aka store audit, store walk, inspection, or visit) was considered a cornerstone of store operations best practices. With travel restrictions in place, many district managers are now unable or limited as to how much time they can spend time on the road … Continue reading How to Manage Store Operations Remotely

4 Types of Inspections that Protect Store Operations

Conducting store inspections (also called retail audits, store visits, or store walks) should be on every retailer’s agenda to protect store operations. Why? Store inspections promote higher overall compliance with brand standards, shrink the gap between stores and head office, and improve customer experience by ensuring merchandising, service, and safety standards are executed consistently. So … Continue reading 4 Types of Inspections that Protect Store Operations

Store Communication: A Comprehensive Guide for Retailers

Who is this guide for? This Store Communication - A Comprehensive Guide for Retailers is for multi-unit retailers in industries such as pharmacies, spas, clinics, telecommunications, furniture, thrift, and quick-service/fast-casual restaurants. This guide also helps manufacturers or distributors of consumer packaged goods. Communication and proper execution of store programs and directives remains a pain point … Continue reading Store Communication: A Comprehensive Guide for Retailers

3 Ways to Save Money on Store Visits

Whether you are a district manager, regional, territory, sales or cluster manager, you regularly have to visit the stores you are responsible for. Here are three ways you and your organization can save money on collecting and actioning store visit data. Consolidate Visits From Multiple Departments The needs of the merchandising department, the operations department, … Continue reading 3 Ways to Save Money on Store Visits

The Business Case for Using Checklists and Inspections in Retail

Your retail business is inherently complex. It has many moving parts and a multi-faceted cost structure. Cost of goods sold, labor costs, leasing fees, hydro costs...these costs are real and have a direct effect on a store's bottom line. Control your costs and if you sell a product for which there is demand in the … Continue reading The Business Case for Using Checklists and Inspections in Retail

What is a Retail Audit?

A retail audit is a smart checklist. It is based on a form, has points, best-practice pictures, supporting files, conditional items, critical items and action plan recommendations. Retail audits, also called store walks or store inspections, help execute brand standards, as well as identify, track and resolve deficiencies. Corrective actions Retail audits let retail operators … Continue reading What is a Retail Audit?

What is a Smart Checklist?

A smart retail checklist has points, best-practice pictures, supporting files, conditionals and action plan recommendations. It allows company standards to be checked, deficiencies tracked, assigned and resolved. It guarantees programs and policies are deployed in full, in time, in every store. A smart retail checklist is typically built online with a Form Builder or in … Continue reading What is a Smart Checklist?

Retail Audits – The Definitive Guide

Who is this Guide for? This guide for retail audits is for multi-unit retailers in industries like restaurants, convenience stores, pharmacies, spas and clinics, telecommunications, and alcohol retailers. This guide also helps parking operators and manufacturers or distributors of consumer packaged goods. If you need to collect or validate data in stores/geographic locations, this definitive … Continue reading Retail Audits – The Definitive Guide

Operations Software: Should you Buy or Build?

Retailers, manufacturers, distributors and operators are all struggling to do more with less. Fewer people, less budget, less time. You need to check brand standards, you need to collect data from the field, you need to send tasks to stores. You need to do all of that with limited resources. Do you buy or build? … Continue reading Operations Software: Should you Buy or Build?

4 Ways To Relieve the Pain of Retail Operations

Do you suffer from chronic "field pain? This sort of pain hurts sales, increases costs and damages the brand. This pain hurts financially, slows down operations and puts the business at risk. Do you need relief? Read on. The pain: Relying on “theory” and wishful Thinking. Theory is what head office envisions, in terms of … Continue reading 4 Ways To Relieve the Pain of Retail Operations

3 Types of Store Audits Every Retailer Should Conduct

Conducting store audits should be on the to-do list of every retailer, and for good reason — retail audits help you uphold company standards, improve operations, and promote a safe in-store experience. But what exactly are the types of store audits you should conduct and how often should you do them? More importantly, how can … Continue reading 3 Types of Store Audits Every Retailer Should Conduct

In-store Data Collection vs. Retail Audit

Type "mobile data collection" in your favorite search engine and you will find a large number of vendors in this category. Unfortunately, data collection alone is not enough. Why? Data collection is a means to an end, not an end in itself. Focusing on the means makes you miss out on the benefits of the … Continue reading In-store Data Collection vs. Retail Audit

Prevention vs. Reaction

You own or manage a retail business. Should you spend your time and energy preventing issues before they happen or deal with them when they do? Let's dive in. Prevention Prevention is the store manager servicing the equipment to avoid unplanned failure. It is the kitchen staff storing egg-based products in the refrigerator and frequently … Continue reading Prevention vs. Reaction

5 Steps to Implementing a Retail Data Collection Program

Retail data collection consists of capturing, storing and reporting on data about the state and performance of retail stores at a certain point in time and over time. This post presents several guidelines and best practices for setting up a successful program, especially in the context of multi-unit retail. Step 1: Define the scope of … Continue reading 5 Steps to Implementing a Retail Data Collection Program

Choose a Retail Audit Software Vendor in 6 Steps

Presenting customers with options is part of the Bindy culture. Let's discuss how to choose a retail audit software vendor, in six steps. Being a retail audit software vendor ourselves, it is arguably difficult not to be biased. For this reason, we try to remain neutral in the general discussion while also identifying what Bindy … Continue reading Choose a Retail Audit Software Vendor in 6 Steps

10 Reasons Why Retailers Need Store Audit Software

We couldn’t think of one reason why retailers, particularly franchise-based retailers, use (or ought to use) store audit software, we thought of ten. 1. Your customers and employees’ health and safety When serving customers, compliance with standards and regulations is not simply a matter of building a positive customer experience; your customers and employees’ health … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Retailers Need Store Audit Software