Do Your Employees Lose Focus in Winter? Here's Some Tips to Keep Them Engaged

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Nov 21, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Employee engagement often wanes around the holidays. Employees begin eagerly anticipating their trips home, daydreaming about relaxing by the fireplace, and planning their holiday occasions with family – all of which detract from their focus at work. However, the holidays are one of the busiest times for retailers, making it the worst possible time for employees to lose focus. Here are some tips to improve engagement and productivity this winter.

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Topics: Small Business, Holidays

DollarDays' Jeff Dorsey Nominated for CFO of the Year!

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Nov 18, 2016 3:13:47 PM

The CFO of the Year Awards presented by FEI Arizona took place on Thursday, November 17, 2016 to recognize financial professionals in three business sectors: public, private and nonprofit. DollarDays is proud of its CFO Jeff Dorsey, as he was a finalist for this prestigious award. We sat down with Jeff to discuss his experience and learn more about what this nomination meant to him.

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Topics: Awards

Top Winter Shopping Trends That Retailers Should Know

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Nov 18, 2016 7:00:00 AM

To remain competitive as a retailer, you need to continually anticipate the needs of your customers and respond to those needs accordingly. This can partly be accomplished by assessing your in-store data to see spending trends from previous years. However, there are a lot of aggregate shopping trends that are useful to consider as well, as they’ll partially determine your winter sales. Here are some of the top winter shopping trends that retailers should make note of.

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Topics: Small Business

Brrr. Prepare Your Small Business for the Coming Winter Storms

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Nov 16, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Brrr. The weather is cooling off throughout the United States, and it’s time for businesses to begin rolling out winter product lines in their stores. In winter, businesses face a lot more variables than they do in the summertime, and it’s essential to be prepared, so you can make the most of winter earnings. In-store shopping becomes more sporadic, deliveries are less reliable, and, in general, businesses can be trickier to operate. Here’s how to be prepared for all potential circumstances.  

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Topics: Small Business

4 Charitable Ways Your Small Business Can Embody the Spirit of Christmas

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Nov 14, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Christmas is just six weeks away, and shoppers are already flocking to the stores. Studies indicate that consumers are more willing to patronize businesses that contribute to charity. In fact, 65 percent of customers’ report viewing charitable businesses favorably. By getting involved in charitable causes this winter, you can boost sales, establish deeper bonds with customers, and empower nonprofit organizations within your community. Here are some ways your small business can embody the spirit of Christmas through charity.

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Topics: Small Business, Charity

The Rising Cost of Living and Its Impact on the Middle-Class

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Nov 11, 2016 7:00:00 AM

The cost of living has been steadily rising in many U.S. cities, which has been impacting many middle-class families. Add to that, stagnating wages have made it harder for families of today to make ends meet. According to Business Wire, about 47 percent of Americans report feeling very concerned that the rising cost of living could pose a serious impediment to their retirement plans.

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Topics: Family, Financial, Home

Have You Started Planning Your Holiday Displays?

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Nov 9, 2016 7:00:00 AM

One of the most effective strategies for manipulating sales and increasing profits rests in the basic layout and design of your store. The location and placement of items, the cost of items, and the lighting all subconsciously impact the spending habits of shoppers. To maximize your holiday sales, you need engaging and compelling displays that will pull in traffic and increase purchases. Here are some tactics to kick-off your holiday displays.

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Topics: Small Business, Holidays

8 Fool-Proof Tactics for Raking in the Most Christmas Sales

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Nov 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Have you ever wondered why some businesses seem to make a killing at Christmas, while others are deserted in the storm? A lot of it boils down to the strategy businesses are employing to attract customers and incentivize spending. Here are some tested strategies that will help retailers generate more sales and enjoy a merrier Christmas.

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Topics: Small Business, Holidays

What Happens to Homeless Pets in the Winter?

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Nov 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Come wintertime, few people want to spend their nights outdoors, instead taking comfort in snuggling up beside the fireplace. Around that time, homeless people usually make their way to shelters or to sunnier states in search of warmth. For homeless pets, however, many have little choice but to search for warmth on the streets, struggling to stay alive. So, what happens to all these pets come wintertime?

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Topics: Charity

Does Your Business Decline in Winter?

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Nov 2, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Come wintertime, many companies notice a sudden decline in sales. With the sudden onset of winter storms and icy roads keeping people indoors, shoppers are less likely to brave the storms simply to go shopping. For brick-and-mortar companies, this inevitably means a decline in business, making the winter a particularly stressful time. Luckily, there are some easy ways to combat the winter slow times and keep your business packed throughout the coming months.

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Topics: Small Business