3 Potential Advantages Local Shoe Stores Already Have
For the local shoe store, footwear retailing has become much more competitive. Still, the local shoe store has some potential ways to stay successful and compete with even big-name websites. The local store can offer professional fitting, practical repairs, and perfect inventory if it uses the potential that is available.
When someone has feet that hurt, they need help figuring out which shoes are best. Pregnant women often change sizes in footwear just as they need changing sizes in clothing. Children go through shoe sizing rapidly as they grow. Specific foot problems often require special inserts or styles.
Training your staff to recognize these issues and be capable of recommending proper footwear is an advantage a website does not have. Customers appreciate finding the right fit.
Some shoe repair requires special tools and training. If you cannot offer that service, you can still offer recommendations for local repair sites or shipping to a place that does what is needed. The customer can drop off and pick up at your store, and see what you have in stock.
Local shoe stores that stock basic shoe repair items that can be done at home with instructions are hard to find. If you have a website, offering some DIY tips for maintenance and simple repair will bring more traffic.
When you use ChainDrive’s Integrated Retail Management Software, it is simple to maintain the perfect inventory. Dynamic tools designed to meet the needs of footwear retailing enable intelligent size analysis and a multi-formula replenishment method. This allows you to monitor and replenish stock appropriately.
The integrated multi-channel software collects and securely maintains data in a centralized database. That integration and central location mean you can have an order online or in another store and fill the order from stock in the main store. You don’t need to have multiple locations of surplus just in case it’s needed because all inventory status is accessible and up to date in real time.
For the local shoe store, ChainDrive enables competition with the online giants while still offering the personalized service that customers look for when they come in your doors.
You can provide professional fitting and practical repairs with your knowledge of the area. But providing perfect inventory will require ChainDrive’s software designed for shoe retailers.