June – August 2017
- Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18/2017.
- Create and decorate a “Dad” section.
- Feature a wedding endcap, bridal shower and baby endcaps early in the summer.
- Stock up on fireworks, flags, red and white balloons, cups napkins and other party accessories for Canada Day – Saturday, July 1st.
- Stock up on items for Canada’s 150 years celebration.
- Start pre- booking for Valentine’s Day, Easter and Spring 2018.
- Start building your back to school section at the end of July. Include stationery, backpacks, lunch snacks, etc.
May – Mother’s Day:
- Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14/2017
- Make and display Gift Baskets on May 1st/2017, include picture frames.
- All cottage and camping gear should be out at the beginning of the month.
- Display an endcap of fireworks for Victoria Day. (May 22/2017)
- Have teacher thank you cards and gifts on display throughout the month.
October (Thanksgiving Day and Halloween).
- Early October build a Halloween harvest section.
- Halloween falls on Tuesday, October 31st/2017.
- Mark down all your spring and summer items.
- Thanksgiving falls on Monday, October 9th/2017
- Build a Thanksgiving endcap. Include tableware in seasonal colors, orange, browns, etc.
- Stock up on foil turkey roasters, tableware.
- Gift ideas include baskets and flowers.
November Retail Tips
- Decorate your store for Christmas. Play Christmas music to encourage shoppers.
- Don’t forget to keep the store full with basics. Reorder November and December.
- Feature outdoor decorations such as lights, wreaths, bows & bulbs, etc.
- Regularly rotate giftware items.
- Stock up cold weather gear such as ice scrapers, antifreeze, salt, etc.
- Don’t forget hats, mittens, scarves, gloves.
- Build a Christmas stocking stuffer section in mid-November.
- Make sure your craft section is well stocked as people make their own decorations and gifts for Christmas.
- Review last year’s seasonal sales / notes and last year’s inventory.
December Retail Tips
Generate some extra revenue this holiday season:
With your store nicely decorated, Christmas music playing in the background and merchandise displayed strategically around the store you are sure to have a significant increase in sales from the month before. Here are a few extra tips on how to capitalize on this time of year:
- By the end of the first week of December, you should have a new endcap set up displaying party hats, wrapping paper, serviettes, disposable tableware, etc.
- Historically, the highest volume of sales on bags, tissues and bows occur the week of December 18th -24th. Make sure you are ready – STOCK UP!
- Maintain a large quantity of gift-wrap essentials: bags, tissue paper, bows, ribbons, etc.
- Have a visible section of scissors, tape, glue and sparkling markers. May be displayed in your impulse buy section.
- Include photo albums/ frames endcap as Christmas is the season for pictures.
- Continue to rotate/ change your endcaps to give your store a new look.
- Cash area remains the #1 impulse buy section; therefore, try new items in this area. Take notes on what sells well and what does not.
- Throughout the month be well stocked with gloves mittens, and hats.
- Starting December 26th is boxing week. Use this time to clear out all Christmas items i.e. wrap, cards, bags, etc. at 30%-50% off.