Any edge could make the difference for an Orange County business. When it comes to the retail industry, this often means paying attention to the data. Consumers are shopping differently than in years past, so it is vital for a business to pay attention to what the statistics and other data says about what people in a certain area want.
Retail businesses are working to reduce their size while maximizing their sales. The data tends to indicate that combining an in-store shopping experience with an online one could do the trick. Many stores are also looking to enhance the shopping experience with an entertainment element. For example, clothing stores are sponsoring yoga classes and kitchenware stores are sponsoring cooking classes.
Another place to save is in leasing space. A smaller back room leaves more area out front to make the space inviting to customers. In order to do this, some retail stores are changing the way they store inventory and how they use their supply chains. Some stores are even going smaller in some markets to determine what works best. Other retailers are using technology to better track their inventory to improve customer satisfaction.
Considering the technology available in the retail industry, there is no reason why Orange County store owners cannot obtain the data they need in order to make the most out of their brick and mortar space. Many people do still want the “real life” shopping experience even as they do a substantial amount of shopping online. Being able to meet the ever-changing needs and desires of customers could be the only way for this industry to not only survive, but also thrive.