We talked last week about clearing out your wardrobes and swapping the summer clothes for more warmer ones. In doing so it got us thinking about just how often things get put away for long term or seasonal storage. That may be at home, work or even at a self storage facility, but there are definitely things that come in and out of storage with the seasons. And when we say seasonal, it relates to all sorts of things.
When you use the word seasonal storage there’s a tendency to think about summer or winter; hot or cold. If you’re thinking about retailers, in addition to summer etc. you’ll consider Easter and Christmas as seasons. But ‘seasonal’ can be any time of the year depending on your industry. Conference season, exhibition season, fashion show season, panto season, and market season – they don’t all coincide entirely with the meteorological seasons but they are times when things will be coming in and out of storage. Continue reading
You wouldn’t really tell by the weather, but believe it or not, Spring has sprung and we’re on our way to Summer! Car boot signs have started appearing and seasonal fair adverts and posters are making their way into various publications.
You may be a seasoned booter so already know the ropes or maybe you are organising your first seasonal or antiques fair. Whichever it is, it’s important that you prepare carefully for the big day and it’s vital that you keep your goods safe and damp-free.
Here are our tips to help you get the best from your day. More experienced booters may find it a useful checklist for their first outing in a while. Take into account the following to ensure that the items you are selling are kept in excellent condition until you hand them over and that you get the best returns from your efforts. Continue reading
This is it. 2016, you’ve decided, is the year that you will go it alone and start your own business. You know what you want to do; you may even be doing what you were doing before, but for yourself now and not someone else. If you haven’t got your primary business idea sorted yet, this article by the Entrepeneur is worth reading BEFORE making any final decisions.
But if you’ve got the basics covered and you know you can meet the needs of the day to day principal business function, you need to consider the rest. Do you have a business plan and strategy? Do you have a marketing strategy? If not, how are you going to find customers or clients?
So, what do you need to consider when starting a business?
At the moment we are in the midst of the American import of Black Friday sales. However, for many retailers and traders, the emphasis will not be on this one off occasion of reduced prices, but on maximising their profits for the whole of the Christmas season.
Many will have had their Christmas stock ordered and stored some time ago, but there is still time for a big push. If you’re going to go all out and restock your most popular items, space may be at a premium, especially if you have embraced the American Black Friday theme and perhaps bought in additional or larger items to sell at reduced prices for this one weekend. Continue reading
Whether you’re a bricks and mortar retailer, a pub, restaurant or market trader, you need to make the most of seasonal trade opportunities.
In addition, throw in major events in your locality and you should be able to capitalise on something all year round. However, you need to be ahead in your planning to make the most of the opportunities. For instance, we are at the height of our British summer (supposedly!!) but really, if you’re in retail or hospitality you should be well in to your Christmas planning now (please don’t groan, it’s really not that far away). For some, Christmas planning will all be pretty much done and dusted already. You should also be well ahead of the curve for events planned in your local area for Autumn and Winter. Continue reading