Inventory Management

Bookstore Inventory Decisions – Do I Stock Romances?

Bookstore Inventory Decisions – Do I Stock Romances?

The Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men (Oft Go Awry) In the earliest days of my bookstore, we carried mostly romances: historical, Gothic, Harlequins and Regency Romances. The biggest romance writer at the time was Dame Barbara Cartland, Regency romance author, who penned 500+ novels and was buried in[Read More…]

by December 17, 2013 Inventory Management
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Opening A Bookstore, Relocating Bookstock

I am writing this from Lynnfield, Mass., where I am preparing for my father’s funeral. He passed away last week, in the middle of my hectic transfer of the contents of one bookstore to another. His death was no surprise; he had been declining for months and barely alive for[Read More…]

Using SKUs to streamline packing and shipping

If you use any type of inventory software, it probably asks you for a SKU or stock-keeping unit for each item.  SKUs are different than the UPC or the ISBN as they are assigned not simply to a specific title but to a specific ITEM.  You can easily have two[Read More…]

by December 31, 2011 Inventory Management, Work Smarter
How To Profit With FBA

How To Profit With FBA

By Joe Waynick In my previous articles, “Have You Heard Of FBA?” I suggested that as a local retail store owner, you could significantly enhance your sales using Amazon.com’s FBA program. In this article, we’re going to explore some of the costs of doing business using FBA. One of the[Read More…]

by December 22, 2011 Inventory Management, Selling Books Online
What books to stock your bookshop with and what books to avoid

What books to stock your bookshop with and what books to avoid

It seems easy enough: find a vacant shop, fill it with bookshelves, fill those shelves with books and start selling books. You’re in business! You’re now a book seller. You also need customers, people willing to buy your books at the price you set. The question arises: what sort of[Read More…]

Storing & displaying books to keep them in best condition

Storing & displaying books to keep them in best condition

Storage and display are the bane of the bookseller’s and book collector’s existence.  The more valuable the book and the better the condition it is to start with, the more likely poor display and storage are to damage the book.  Reading copies are already so far gone in condition, they’ll[Read More…]

Stocking Graphic Novels in Your Bookshop

Stocking Graphic Novels in Your Bookshop

  This is the first in a multi-part post through which I hope to introduce the reader’s of this blog to the idea of carrying graphic novels in their store.  Space in a retail shop is limited; inventory is expensive, and there needs to be a reason why any product is[Read More…]

How To Increase Bookstore Sales By Selling Online

How To Increase Bookstore Sales By Selling Online

By Joe Waynick In today’s economy, independent bookstores are finding it tough to turn a profit. It seems hardly a day goes by without an announcement about another brick and mortar operation going under. That doesn’t have to be your fate. And with a little planning, proper application of off-the-shelf[Read More…]