The Gray Cat Blog

A comprehensive collection of blogs designed to assist small business owners and multi-unit operators. 

Developing A Retail Real Estate Strategy Feb 06, 2023

Organic growth by a retailer is an exciting time for the company. Reinvesting earnings into the expansion of their branded stores through new construction communicates that a) business has been...

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Creating An Advertising Plan Feb 06, 2023

As you have probably gathered from reading my other articles, I am a firm believer in planning for success. Whether it is operational excellence, de-branding a store or outlining your procedures...

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Strategic Process for Site Planning Feb 06, 2023

Real estate site selection can be a complex web of evaluating store attributes within a potential store trade area.  The process utilizes both a science and an art to the overall...

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Operationalizing Your Business Plan Feb 06, 2023

We have all experienced it. The dreaded process of spending hours upon hours creating a strategic business plan that maps out the goals of the organization. We develop the targets and create lofty...

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Maintaining A Store-By-Store Database Feb 06, 2023

There comes a time in every multi-unit retailer’s business cycle that they want to launch a new product that requires a reconfiguration to their store. I am not talking about a...

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Retail Facilities Management Feb 06, 2023

It was the situation that everyone dreads. Out of the blue, the anxiety-filled request was made – the CEO had summoned me to his office. Thoughts raced through my head – mostly bad...

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Business Planning, Part II Feb 06, 2023

Recently, I had a terrific session with one of my clients on business planning. I have written articles before on the importance of business planning, but this session resonated with me. What was...

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Woo Hoo! Time For Business Planning! Feb 06, 2023

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…..”

Ah yes…..the annual business planning cycle is upon us.

The time of the year to huddle all of your business colleagues...

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Optimizing A Convention Feb 06, 2023

Whether this is your first industry convention or you are a seasoned pro, I am a firm believer that establishing a well-thought out plan in advance of attending an industry convention is...

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Integrating Acquisitions Feb 06, 2023

Growing your enterprise can usually be accomplished following two paths: a) organic growth – the process of building your overall portfolio of stores through the development of ground-up...

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HELP! I Have To Deliver A Presentation! Feb 06, 2023

“The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.”

– George Jessel

What is it about public speaking that drives...

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Branded vs. Proprietary Foodservice Feb 06, 2023

The debate has gone on for many years–should you implement an existing branded foodservice program or are you better off developing your own unique proprietary brand?  This answer...

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