Burn Your Ships!

The phrase “Burn your ships” references a historical event that happened in the year 1519 during the Spanish conquest of Mexico.  the Spanish commander, Hernάn Cortéz, scuttled his ships upon arriving in the new world. This act of destroying his own ships sent a very clear message to his men: there was no turning back. … Read more

Secret Solutions to Filling Open Positions

The Secret to Filling Open Job Positions

Business is booming! Sales are up double digits, not over just last year, but the year before that. Great, right? Well, maybe, if it is sustainable. Many businesses are experiencing historically high sales, and many of those same businesses are struggling to attract and retain employees. There have been plenty of news stories, articles, and … Read more

Taking Charge of Your Career – Interview with Lynn Whitbeck (Part 2 of 2)

Learn To Take Charge Of Your Career with Lynn Whitbeck.

Final part of Retail Level Up’s interview with Lynn Whitbeck, CEO of Petite2Queen and Future Forward Sales, and the co-author of the book Practical Wisdom at Work. Mickey Quinn: You mentioned a phrase I want to explore a little bit more. What do you mean when you say we need to “learn how to manage … Read more

Attracting and Retaining the Best People

Attracting and Retaining the Best People. You Got This.

The skills that help someone get promoted to a management role, or the skills that an entrepreneur uses to build and run a successful business, are often skills that are tied specifically to their profession. In the retail industry, people who are great in sales, or have exceptional merchandising skills, often find themselves promoted into … Read more

People & Culture Must Be A Retailer’s Top Priorities

How To Keep Your Business Open

Brick-and-mortar retailers have been challenged over the past decade or so to innovate, adapt, or face the inevitable death of being a dinosaur. As consumers have become comfortable with shopping for their wants and needs online, the fate of brick-and-mortar retailers has been on uncertain ground. With what has been happening in the first half … Read more

Stupid Brick-and-Mortar Mistakes to Avoid – Failing to Invest in Your People

Stupid Brick-and-Mortar Mistakes to Avoid – Failing to Invest in Your People - Retail Level Up

Managing a retail organization is challenging. When looking at the P&L, the eye often gets drawn to those big line items, one of the biggest often being store labor. It’s tempting to set an expectation to save a percent or two on the labor budget. It‘s a big number, so even though the percent is … Read more