Since it was first published, Retail in Detail has helped tens of thousands of retail business owners successfully start and run their businesses. It has established a reputation as a no-nonsense, down-to-earth guide for small retailers. This fifth edition has been fully updated for today’s rapidly changing retail environment in the Internet age. A new chapter contains specific tips on using the Internet for marketing and two-way communication with customers. New sections cover becoming an e-tailer, including choosing a domain name, processing credit cards, shipping and receiving, and other Internet-specific issues. Brick-and-mortar retailers learn how to assess product vulnerability to competition from Internet businesses. This essential reference contains many specific examples and case studies, based on the author’s experiences starting and successfully operating three retail stores and a bed and breakfast, as well as on the experiences of dozens of successful entrepreneurs. Worksheets can be used by beginning retailers to plan for and operate their business.
Agent-based modeling and simulation (ABMS), a way to simulate a large number of choices by individual actors, is one of the most exciting practical developments in business modeling since the invention of relational databases. It represents a new way to understand data and generate information that has never been available before--a way for businesses to view the future and to understand and anticipate the likely effects of their decisions on their markets and industries. It thus promises to have far-reaching effects on the way that businesses in many areas use computers to support practical decision-making. Managing Business Complexity is the first complete business-oriented agent-based modeling and simulation resource. It has three purposes: first, to teach readers how to think about ABMS, that is, about agents and their interactions; second, to teach readers how to explain the features and advantages of ABMS to other people and third, to teach readers how to actually implement ABMS by building agent-based simulations. It is intended to be a complete ABMS resource, accessible to readers who haven't had any previous experience in building agent-based simulations, or any other kinds of models, for that matter. It is also a collection of ABMS business applications resources, all assembled in one place for the first time. In short, Managing Business Complexity addresses who needs ABMS and why, where and when ABMS can be applied to the everyday business problems that surround us, and how specifically to build these powerful agent-based models.
"The wide range of topics covered as well as detailed insight make Retail Store Planning & Design Manual a welcome teacher—or reminder—for anyone concerned with the industry." —Visual Merchandising and Store Design on the First Edition Now one of the nation's most respected and sought-after retail store design specialists tells you what he knows about the art and science of retail planning, design, and remodeling. An indispensable tool of the trade that no practicing designer will want to be without, it supplies you with: More than 370 professional diagrams and illustrations of store layouts and design elements 120 forms to help you more efficiently manage all phases of planning, budgeting, scheduling, and construction Innovative lighting design techniques and color schemes that promote sales Practical guidelines on every aspect of managing a successful retail store design firm Special chapters on budgeting, cost control, and planning for maximum ROI In-depth coverage of the state-of-the-art CAD technology for store planning and design And much more Retail store design is one of today's most challenging and rewarding interior design specialties. Creating a total store environment that is beautiful, practical, and profitable and that reflects the client's vision of the store and its position in the marketplace requires an assortment of talents. The successful store planner must combine imagination, business sense, and an understanding of buyer psychology with a thorough knowledge of materials and current design and construction trends. This comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide to virtually every aspect of store planning and design was written by one of North America's most accomplished retail store designers and design educators. Michael J. Lopez shares with you the fruits of his 30 years of experience in planning, designing, and remodeling retail establishments—both large and small. Here are just a few of the outstanding features that make Retail Store Planning & Design Manual, Second Edition an indispensable working resource for practicing designers and an excellent learning tool for design students: More than 370 professional diagrams and illustrations of store layouts and design elements, including merchandising presentation systems and techniques, free-standing fixtures, hardware and accessories, display racks, column treatments, fitting rooms, decor sections, and much more 120 standard and original forms that you can use to help you more efficiently manage all phases of planning, budgeting, scheduling, and construction New chapters offering in-depth coverage of retail store lighting, budgeting, planning for maximum ROI, and the role of computer-aided design in store planning A gold mine of expert tips and guidelines on managing a successful retail design firm—from bidding and contract negotiations, the client/planner relationship, and marketing your services, to budgeting and cost control, project scheduling, bookkeeping, insurance, and more 18 appendixes on special store design topics, written by leading store designers and planners and store planning professors Retail Store Planning & Design Manual, Second Edition is sure to become the most frequently consulted resource in your working library.