A Strategic Process for Site Planning

Posted on Sep 18, 2017 in Articles | 0 comments

Real estate site selection can be a complex web of evaluating store attributes within a potential store trade area. The process utilizes both a science and an art to the overall selection process combining a number of factors that weigh on the viability of the location. Complicating the process is that each location has its own special attributes, which makes site selection more directional in nature as opposed to a cookie-cutter process. That being said, here are some key attributes that should be considered in the overall evaluation: Traffic Counts – While these are clearly site specific...

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The Simple Philosophies of Life, Final Part – Planning

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

In the final chapter of the Simple Philosophies of Life my focus is on planning. Those that have known me personally or professionally can probably attest that planning is an integral to my DNA. Some may say that it IS my DNA! In fact, one of my favorite quotations is as follows: “The Nice Thing About Not Planning Is That Failure Comes As A Complete Surprise Rather Than Being Preceded By A Period Of Worry And Depression” — Anonymous Ever since I was a kid, I was the planner for my friends. I remember as kids, we loved playing Wiffleball. We played it so much that...

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The Simple Philosophies of Life, Part VII – Competition

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

I will admit, I am competitive. I just love to push myself in as many ways possible and stare down the challenge. I try to overcome the fear of failing each and every day. My friends don’t think I am a Type-A, they think I am a Type Double-A. I am competitive in sports; in business; and mostly with myself. I am in it to win. Early on in my life, I was fortunate to have two strong role models in my life: my father and my high school baseball coach. My father taught me to be a strong, confident individual that holds himself accountable for his actions, efforts and his own success. He...

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The Simple Philosophies of Life, Part VI – Motivation

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

What motivates you? For some, it could be being held in high esteem for a great accomplishment. For others, it can be about autonomy and freedom. Still others, it is all about the money. We are all inspired by something and in order to move forward in our lives, motivation to achieve better outcomes help pave the way. The key is to determine what motivates you and build upon that. Many of us don’t know our driving motivator until we are pressed. A while ago, I delivered a speech to a number of high school students. I asked them to raise their hands if they would be willing to run two...

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Store Design for the Retail Environment

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

One of the most important, yet biggest challenges facing a retailer is creating a new store vision for your chain, while simultaneously running your day-to-day business. There are only so many resources to go around and carving out the strategic time to not only manage the process, but also actually create a new store vision is daunting. With that in mind, here are some key items to consider: This Is Not Just About Store Design, But It Is About Creating An Experience: Experiences create emotional connections with your customers in order to keep them coming back. You need to start with the...

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The Simple Philosophies of Life, Part V – A Sense Of Urgency

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

I am someone that’s always looking for opportunities. Opportunities may come and go in a blink of an eye, so being prepared for the chance on seizing an opportunity is one of my driving forces. The more that I can “get into the queue and out of the queue”, the greater chance that I will be able to jump at an opportunity. One way that I put myself in the optimal position of being able to capitalize on as many opportunities that I can is by having a sense of urgency with every task at hand. How many times have you been faced with a great opportunity that you had to turn down...

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