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...

The Poppin App Solution – A Social Shopping App for iPhone and Android

BRA Members and retailers everywhere are beginning to discover PoppinApp in their Facebook feed and other social news.  Using the promotion code BRA0124, BRA members and retailers can register for free now! Here’s the lowdown from the app’s creators: PoppinApp is the new social shopping, business information application for the iPhone and Android. Our goal is to enable every local business the ability to directly communicate with their customers at a moments notice. We want to provide businesses the insight of knowing who their core local customers are, seeing which products and items are trending highest, and being able to easily notify their customers through a simple to use mobile platform. For consumers, we want to deliver the one mobile application where they can easily know what’s poppin’ in all their favorite local businesses without having to hassle with downloading an app for each individual business they love. How it works: • Customers follow their favorite local businesses • They take picture of things they like at the business and build a reputation based off their activity • Businesses send their followers exclusive notifications called “IN’s” • IN’s are used to alert followers of specials, new items, change of hours, events, and more • People ONLY receive IN’s from the businesses they follow Our Backend Analytics allows you to: • See statistics regarding the number of followers you have, their age, gender, and PoppinApp participation level • Control and unify messaging for any individual location or the entire chain portfolio • Filter your outgoing messages to all followers, certain age groups, gender, or PoppinApp participation levels Find our more...

Join Lifestyle-driven Brands at Malakye’s Schmooz Career Fair at Outdoor Retailer Jan 24

Malakye.com Presents the Shmooz at Outdoor Retailer on Jan. 24, 2014  The Shmooz is Back! Malakye.com’s Career Fair & Professional Networking Event will be held at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market show in SLC. Don’t miss out on this amazing (and free) event! Manhattan Beach, Calif. (January 15, 2014) – Malakye (http://www.Malakye.com/), the leading careers website for professionals and companies in lifestyle-driven industries, presents the Shmooz at Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday, January 24th, 2014, from 11am-4pm. On the back of a successful Shmooz held at The Agenda Show earlier this month, this FREE event caters to the outdoor industry and will bring together some of the industry’s most coveted brands to meet with talented and enthusiastic job seekers for current and / or future job opportunities. “I have seen a consistent increase in participation at the Agenda and Outdoor Retailer Shmooz events since I first started attending them in 2011; it is a growing attraction that is marketed perfectly for our industry and our company needs,” explained Rob Hanel of The Clymb. “The Agenda Shmooz in Long Beach [held on Jan. 8] was off the chain! The quality of vendor/retailers onsite was stacked and it was by far the biggest group of candidates I have seen yet.” Industry leading employers already committed to exhibit at the Shmooz include: The Clymb, Petzl, ENVE Composites, CamelBak, Lowa Boots, Specialized, Carhartt, KEEN, Osprey Packs, Jaybird, Black Diamond Equipment, Gregory Packs and DECKERS, with the possibility of more to be announced in the coming days. These companies will be recruiting talented individuals for a wide range of positions,...

Issues Affecting Retailers Right Now: Retailer Town Hall Meetings

Share Challenges. Solve Problems Together. Unite as One Voice. We just announced two Retailer Town Hall Meetings at AGENDA Long Beach and Surf Expo for this January, where retailers, BRA members and non-members alike, are invited to enjoy a cocktail with fellow action sports indie retailers, sit in on an inspiring greeting from industry veteran and BRA friend Tom Holbrook, and then join in an open forum discussion to share challenges, issues and opportunities with the group. As we get ready for these meetings to take place this January, we are gathering feedback from indie retailers across the country. What challenges are you facing? Ecommerce competition? Vendor communication issues? Need recommendations for private label manufacturers? Looking to discover an affordable mobile, cloud-based POS system? We need to know. We have set up an anonymous survey where you can let us know what Board Retailers Association can help you with, and what issues we need to take to the manufacturers and service providers. Please take five minutes to share. It’ll help indie retailers across the action sports industry. Click here to begin the survey.  Town Hall Meeting Information: Special Industry Guest Keynote Tom Holbrook Open Forum Discussion Materials and Discount Info from BRA Service Providers 50% off one-year membership for non-members* *Membership not required to attend Tuesday, January 7 Long Beach Convention Center, immediately following AGENDA Long Beach Day 1 6pm, Room 103A Friday, January 10 Orange County Convention Center, Immediately following Surf Expo Day 2 6pm, Room W204B For more information, contact Vicki@ boardretailers.org or call us at 910.509.0109...

Enter the $25,000 FedEx Advantage Sweepstakes

BRA is one of a special group eligible to participate in the $25,000 FedEx Advantage Sweepstakes. We’re pleased that our relationship with FedEx gives you the chance to enter a sweepstakes with over 100 prizes totaling more than $25,000. If you’re already using this program, you’should have been contacted and entered already. If not, signing up is free and easy through our Logistics partner Siriani. To sign up for the Shipping Program, call Siriani at 1-800-554-0005 or sign up online at: http://www.siriani.com/brafsp. Your shipping savings will start immediately, and each subsequent shipment will give you another entry to win. More details below. Make your own luck Signing up for the discount program counts as your first sweepstakes entry. Then you’ll receive an additional entry – up to 50 – with every eligible FedEx® shipment you make from Nov. 4, 2013, through Dec. 27, 2013. You could also win a $100 gift card weekly. Advance your business with these prizes: • $10,000 Grand Prize • $2,500 First Prize • $100 American Express® Reward Cards (128-16 per week)2 More ways to boost your bottom line As a member of BRA, you’ll also save up to 70% on select FedEx® services during the sweepstakes and beyond.3 We’re proud to offer this valuable member benefit with no costs to you and no minimum shipping quotas. FedEx savings for BRA members: • Up to 29% on select FedEx Express® services • Up to 25% on select FedEx Express® international services • Up to 20% on select FedEx Ground® services • Up to 70% on select FedEx Freight® services3 To sign up for the Shipping Program, call Siriani...

BRA Encourages Action Sports Retailers to Attend Surf Expo

Board Retailers Association reminded all action sports retailers today—member and non-member—of its continuing recommendation to attend Surf Expo this coming September 6-8, 2013. The group ran down a list of important networking and educational events that will be helpful to retailers in addition to three days of shopping the 200K+ square foot trade show in Orlando, F