10 Questions to Consider when Investing in a Retail POS System

We love guest posts. Please send educational info for our retail members to us at info@boardretailers.org. This guest post features Jason Sproles, President of Support One – a Denver based retail software and support company, who was presented with 10 questions on how a Retail POS system can benefit a small business.  Whether you’re a small retailer with just one or two stores or a retail chain, there is concern regarding profitability in today’s economy. Although passion drives your business, technological obstacles may get in the way of true success. With so many advances in technology, thinking about implementing anything new into your store can be overwhelming. Jason Sproles, President of Support One, a Denver based retail software and support company who specializes in small to medium size retailers was asked at NRF 2014 to answer the most frequently asked questions for making a decision of investing in a Retail POS system. Sproles hopes these answers can provide peace of mind with your search and details of how beneficial a new retail management system can be. 1) What is the approximate cost of a Retail POS system? ANSWER  “It really depends on the retailer and their needs. Basic POS software will cost between $1,200-$2,500 per license or terminal. But if you’re looking to invest in a full Retail Management suite, like iVend Retail, then your numbers will be much higher. With the added costs of additional modules such as rentals, service and loyalty; as well as the extra cost of hardware, implementation and training a ballpark figure would be $7,000 and up for the 1st workstation. Annual upgrades and support contracts should also...

SIA and BRA Announce Partnership

Wilmington, NC (Jan. 22, 2014) – Not long before its 2014 Snow Show takes place in Denver, SnowSports Industries America (SIA) announced today an official partnership with Board Retailers Association (BRA), the non-profit trade association representing more than 600 action sports retailers in the surf, skate, snow, wake, kite, wind and stand-up paddle industries. In addition to a presence on the Show floor to provide information and assistance to independent ski and snowboard shops attending the event, BRA will host a Board of Directors meeting during the Show. “Over 40 percent of our members, and about 75 percent of our Board members carry snow hardgoods and/or softgoods, said BRA Co-Chairperson Bruce Cromartie, long-time Snow Show attendee and co-owner of BC Surf and Sport. “The annual Show is integral to our business. Our team is busy all four days and then we attend the On-Snow Demo.” BRA has exhibited at the Show for the past two years. Making the partnership official will provide both non-profit groups the opportunity to cross-promote its services to the other through membership outreach at the show, through their respective websites and through social media channels. SIA will also assist BRA in its research efforts. “BRA has been a great SIA partner and we are excited to make it official,” said David Ingemie, SIA president. “Snow sports products are integral to action sport retail and the Board Retailers Association does a great job representing that mutual interest.” BRA is recharging its efforts with several new Board members to be appointed in 2014 and events like its Retailer Town Halls held earlier this month. Member-owned, industry-inspired and...

As AGENDA Expands, BRA Looks Forward to January’s Long Beach Show

AGENDA, a leading forum for action sports, surf, streetwear, lifestyle, footwear industries and Board Retailers Association’s west coast trade show partner, shares their 2014 strategic plan for expansion. “Following the momentum of AGENDA’s Summer 2013 show circuit, we recognize the opportunity and potential for growth,” downloads AGENDA’s founder, Aaron Levant. “We’ve laid out our 2014 strategy to provide better customer service, cater to our brand partners, and continue to curate the AGENDA experience.” This includes big plans for its Vegas show, and the BRA-endorsed landmark west coast show in Long Beach. AGENDA Vegas will double in size by its second edition, following the success of the inaugural AGENDA Vegas 2013 show at the Sands Expo. The expansion, due to customer demand, to bring the AGENDA experience to the Vegas landscape will include the addition of the WOODS – surf/lifestyle contemporary neighborhood and AGENDA WMNS segment. Adding an additional day to the two-­‐day schedule, making it a three-­‐day show. “We feel AGENDA has barely scratched the surface of what is possible in the Vegas landscape. There are so many opportunities and an amazing potential to grow in this space,” shares Levant. The January 2014 edition of AGENDA Long Beach’s flagship show will now house over 700+ brands. As the largest and most diverse offering of all three shows, providing a true cross-­‐section representing each genre of California subcultures. AGENDA Long Beach is both a national show with retailers hailing from 49 states (believe it or not, South Dakota couldn’t make it) and globally from 48 countries. Recent data shows 31% of the retailers visit from over 1000+ miles away. Heading...

End of the Year Updates from Surf Industry Manufacturers Association

SIMA Image Awards The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) has set the date for the annual SIMA Image Awards ceremony, which will honor the best of the surf industry from 2013. The ceremony to announce the award winners will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at the Grove in Anaheim, Calif. The goal of the SIMA Image Awards is to honor the most influential surf industry companies for their efforts to advance and grow the industry throughout the year and has become one of the most looked forward to award events within the industry. SIMA member companies were able to enter into as many as 16 different categories including the categories of Breakout Brand of the Year, Men’s Apparel Brand of the Year and Women’s Apparel Brand of the Year. A Nominating Panel, consisting of manufacturers and retailers, then go through the entries and vote to determine the final five nominees for each category. These nominees will be announced in mid-November, followed by final voting by all SIMA member companies and 200 specialty retailers. For complete details of the process and for ticket information visit www.simaimageawards.com.   SIMA Endorses Surf Expo SIMA and Surf Expo have been long-standing partners in the industry and this partnership was just renewed in October. SIMA will again endorse Surf Expo’s trade shows held in Orlando, FL for another three years, effective from 2013-2016. Not only does SIMA exclusively endorse Surf Expo, but SIMA will also do their part to foster participation and growth in the shows. Likewise, Surf Expo will continue to support SIMA through premier sponsorships at Surf Summit and Waterman’s...

Shaun Tomson presents The Code

If you haven’t heard about surf legend and world champion Shaun Tomson’s latest book, The Code, it’s something to check out. A few weeks after its release this late summer it became the #1 seller in core surf stores and even hit Amazon’s Top 20 for a moment ! At a time when the surf industry is facing so much change and adversity, the book is full of positive lessons, and while it’s written for kids, there’s something we all can learn. From the world champion himself: “The Code is the most important project of my life. The core of the book is to encourage every kid to write 12 lines, each line beginning with “I will”—which becomes their own power code—and then to share it with someone who needs it. I’ll be talking to kids at schools all over the country – and also to large corporations. I’m trying to get the “ I will” exercise into every school in the nation. It’s a pure message of going surfing and being stoked and how it can impact life.” To purchase a copy of The Code for $16.99, visit www.Gibbs-Smith.com or at your favorite bookstore...