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Creative Business Consulting Group (CBCG) helps solve retail problems. CBCG assists retailers with sales, marketing, visual merchandising, social media planning and implementation and inventory management programs.

At CBCG, our goal is to help retailers improve and maximize business results across the entire operation. 

Inventory Management & Open to Buy

Inventory Management & Open To Buy Seminars

Creating Cash for Your Business

Making Money by Optimizing Your Retail Performance

Most retailers know about tracking daily sales. It’s the measure of success versus last year, or last month. But did you know that analyzing best-selling styles and inventory turnover on a monthly basis could increase your bottom line profits by 1 point in less than 6 months?

This seminar focuses on teach independent retailers how to use key retail analytics and benchmarks to drive profit margins and improve their performance. This session will help retailers of all size learn how to maximize the profit (and cash) that can and should be generated thru the business. Attendees will also learn how to analyze like industry businesses in order to improve performance.

Attend this session and you will learn how simple changes in how you analyze your business can lead to big profit improvements for your store.


How Much Is Your Business Worth?

Tips and Tactics to Improve the Value of your Retail Business

Do you know what your business is worth? Do you want to grow your business for a potential sale or pass it on to the next generation to run? Making sure that the business is performing at an optimum level is critical for you gaining the maximum value on a business that you have worked so long and hard on to grow.

This seminar will delve into the key areas that a business must evaluate when it’s looking to change ownership and give you the tools, tips and tactics to help you prepare for this transition time period. We will focus on teaching independent retailers how to use key retail analytics and benchmarks to drive profit margins and improve their performance with the ultimate end goal of the business in mind. We’ll help you determine what the 5 critical factors in determining the value of a business and we will help you with tactics to help you improve performance in these areas if it is failing.

We will also help retail business owners understand how to set up a timeline and exit plan for the business that will improve the value based on meeting goals and benchmarks for performance. Attend this session and you will learn how simple changes in how you create more value for business today- and when you want to sell it.


The Right Stuff: How Much Is Too Much When it Comes to Inventory?

Do you love coming to market and finding fantastic new products? Do you imagine how they will sell as soon as they are unpacked? This session helps you translate “the perfect item” on the show floor to a profitable product that flies off your shelf. To propel your store profits, you need a strategic merchandise plan from start to finish.

You’ll review:

  • How to think more strategically about buying for your store
  • How to develop a profitable buying strategy tied to sales results you expect
  • How to create merchandise departments and classifications to improve buying efficiency at market
  • How to coordinate product and marketing strategies for maximum sales results
  • How to regularly monitor the performance of your merchandise assortment
  • *NEW* Creating Financial Success for Your Retail Business. Understanding and Using Retail Benchmarks

Most retailers know about tracking daily sales. It’s the measure of success versus last year, or last month. But did you know that analyzing best-selling styles and inventory turnover on a monthly basis could increase your bottom line profits by 1 point in less than 6 months? This seminar focuses on teaching the key retail analytics and benchmarks that drive profit margins for ever retail store across America. Learn how simple changes in how you analyze your business can lead to big profit improvements for your store.


Inventory Management Made Easy – Retail Math Made Simple

The goal of this course is to acquaint or refresh participants with retail math fundamentals that can be implemented to make their retail operation successful and profitable. Both retailers and manufacturers alike will benefit from knowing the key formulas that make the retail industry tick.

The seminar will focus on the following:

  • How to develop a profitable buying strategy-prior proper planning pays off!
  • Create merchandise departments and classifications-product is king!
  • Recognize the importance of inventory – establishing turnover benchmarks
  • Understanding retail math basics-open to buy formulation, calculating initial mark up and Gross margin calculation

Manage Your Inventory, Make More Money

It’s that simple. The successful management of your store’s inventory is the single biggest contributor to your store’s profits every year. Do you have the right amount of money devoted to key classifications of business? Are you maximizing the inventory turnover of profitable categories? Can you work with vendors to flow your inventory in a more cost effective manner? This seminar gives independent retailers inside information on how big box retailers negotiate and make deals with their key vendors and helps retailers of all size set up inventory goals that will drive the maximum profits for their stores.


Turn Inventory Into A Strategic Weapon
Learn The Critical Lessons For Retail Success Today

Do you want to Increase Sales? Learn how to consistently Maximize Inventory Contributors including average stock, turnover, and gross margin.

  • Drive Profits – Learn how to Minimize Your Inventory Investment while INCREASING Inventory Turnover
  • Enhance Overall Product Mark Up – Learn how to Utilize Key Retail Industry Benchmarks To Improve Mark Up And Gross Margin Targets
  • Lower Store Debt – Shift Your Monthly Cash Investment From Inventory To Debt Reduction
  • Improve Productivity Of Store Management – Shift the amount of time Spent On Inventory Management To time spent on Building Long Term Strategic Sales And Marketing Efforts
  • Create A Proactive Emphasis On Inventory – Learn the best ways to Minimize Stock Outs And Capitalize On All Sales Opportunities

The Right Stuff; Buying Right To Propel Your Profit

Finding a great item for your store is fantastic! Finding 100’s of them again and again can be a daunting task- and one that you must get right in order to be profitable in your business. This seminar will review how you buy your merchandise and how to maximize it’s effectiveness in your store including:

  • How do you think about buying for your store?
  • Where do you get your information?
  • How do you plan your merchandising strategies and promotions?
  • How do you plan for market; what to buy, how much to spend.
  • How do you price your merchandise for a profit
  • Inventory Is NOT fine wine, it doesn’t get better with age..

Learning to Maximize Your Inventory

Do you want to Increase Sales and learn how to consistently Maximize Inventory Contributors including average stock, turnover, and gross margin? If so, this seminar is for you. We’ll review how to analyze your inventory and turn it into a key strategic weapon for your retail success.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Drive Profits – Learn how to Minimize Your Inventory Investment while INCREASING Inventory Turnover
  • Enhance Overall Product Mark Up – Learn how to Utilize Key Retail Industry Benchmarks To Improve Mark Up And Gross Margin Targets
  • Lower Store Debt – Shift Your Monthly Cash Investment From Inventory To Debt Reduction
  • Improve Productivity Of Store Management – Shift the amount of time Spent On Inventory Management To time spent on Building Long Term Strategic Sales And Marketing Efforts
  • Create A Proactive Emphasis On Inventory – Learn the best ways to Minimize Stock Outs And Capitalize On All Sales Opportunities

Retail Inventory Benchmarks - What You Need to Know

Most retailers know about tracking daily sales. It’s the measure of success versus last year, or last month. But did you know that analyzing best selling styles and inventory turnover on a monthly basis could increase your bottom line profits by 1 point in less than 6 months? This seminar focuses on teaching the key retail analytics and benchmarks that drive profit margins for ever retail store across America. Learn how simple changes in how you analyze your business can lead to big profit improvements for your store.


What to Sell? What to Assort?

The stakes of doing business gets higher every day for both retailers and manufacturers. The good old days where handshake partnerships carried multimillion dollar deals are few and far between. The internet has made price almost completely transparent and retailers are challenged every day to find new and unique merchandise that the big box stores down the street don’t carry. This seminar explores how independent stores can find merchandise that will meet their customers’ needs while differentiating themselves from the big box store down the street.