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Navigating these times is certainly not a ‘piece of cake.’

Posted by Sureswipe on 30 June 2021

The food and beverage industry has been one of the hardest hit during the Covid-19 pandemic. With the recent annoucement of a harsher lockdown, restaurants have been restricted to take-outs only which could have a massive effect on the survival of their business.

In this article we share some of the advice we are giving to our restaurant and food service clients in these turbulent times in the hope that even the smallest change can make the biggest difference.

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Topics: restaurants, retail, sales, tips, Growing Your Retail Business, business tips, spotlight, business owners

5 things you can do to minimise the impact of load shedding .

Posted by Sureswipe on 28 June 2021

In the business world, productivity is everything and load shedding makes it difficult to do business as usual. Consumers can light candles or order a pizza but for small business owners, these interruptions can seriously affect business productivity and profit.

It's a fact that we can't change - but planning ahead will mean the difference between losing revenue and realising your business goals. We've put together some practical advice to keep you informed on which investments to make to lighten the impact of load shedding.

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Topics: retail, sales, tips, Growing Your Retail Business, business tips, business owners

Remember to educate and communicate.

Posted by Sureswipe on 1 June 2021

By providing information about COVID-19 vaccination and establishing supportive policies and practices, you can help increase vaccine uptake among your employees. Emerging trends in the Health Care survey show that up to 70% of employers are willing to pay for their staff to get vaccinated.

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Topics: retail, sales, tips, Growing Your Retail Business, business tips, business owners

7 Reasons why your business should be online

Posted by Sureswipe on 3 May 2021

If your business doesn’t yet have an online presence, or if you’re in the process of starting your own new exciting business venture and building a website isn’t on your to do list, you could be missing out on the many benefits (and profits) of why being online offers businesses a chance to grow. Here’s why..

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Topics: retail, sales, seasonal business, tips, Growing Your Retail Business, business tips, business owners, ecommerce

Go beyond to make your customers feel comfortable this Easter

Posted by Sureswipe on 23 March 2021

With everybody on the hunt for Easter eggs and getting ready to spend time with family, stores are expected to see a significant rise in foot traffic. This could make your regular customers feel uncomfortable and a little unsettled as rumours of another COVID wave circulates.
Here are a few tips to ensure you continue to abide by protocols so that you can go above and beyond to give your customers peace of mind that their safety is top priority.

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Topics: retail, sales, seasonal business, tips, Growing Your Retail Business, business owners

Tips on how to keep your card machine clean

Posted by Sureswipe on 1 March 2021

Keeping your card machine clean and sanitised is a priority, and we've compiled a short list to help you keep your customers safe while they shop in your store.

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Topics: retail, tips, customers, card machine

The power of positive customer experiences

Posted by Sureswipe on 18 February 2021

March 2021 has arrived in the blink of an eye. And as this year continues to whizz past, and uncertain times loom, there is one thing we have all come to understand during the pandemic, and that is the power of positive customer experiences. 

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Topics: retail, tips, customers, positive reviews, business owners, shopping habbits, influence, make more money

BUSINESS UNUSUAL IN 2021

Posted by Sureswipe on 15 January 2021

The last 12 months has been a rollercoaster ride. No one was more affected during the pandemic than independent retailers.We find ourselves in an unfamiliar landscape that has changed drastically since the outbreak of COVID-19, demanding we put on our innovative hats and become more resilient. 

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Topics: retail, strategy, tips, Growing Your Retail Business

Building your 2021 business plan

Posted by Sureswipe on 4 January 2021

Happy New Year! Recently, we’ve seen signs that many businesses have reopened after the devastating effects of 2020. Yet uncertainty remains as South Africa’s state of disaster extends into the New Year with elevated infections in high risk areas. 

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Topics: retail, strategy, tips, Growing Your Retail Business

The festive season is upon us. Are you prepared?

Posted by Sureswipe on 6 December 2020

With the exciting sound of Christmas music, gift wrapping and eye-catching décor filling the stores, it’s safe to say that the festive season is fast approaching. But with it being the busiest time of year with the highest amount of foot traffic – are you prepared for the rush and is safety still a top priority in your store?

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Topics: retail, strategy, tips, Growing Your Retail Business

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