In summer, popping to the shops is an easy affair as shoppers don’t have to contend with the elements when walking down the high street. However, in winter battling through the weather to get to a shop can feel like an arduous task. It’s essential that you make your shop inviting to customers in harsh winter environments. Read more
With Christmas approaching, more people are freeing up their time to volunteer. However, you may find that despite the festive rise in volunteers, soon those numbers will dwindle once again.
In today’s age, when customers have so much choice in choosing the product they desire, it’s vital that your customer service is up to scratch. To ensure customer service efficiency, it is wise to use whatever tools you have at your disposal, which is where an EPoS system can come in handy.
Giving to charity is an act of kindness and just one person can inspire thousands more to help make a difference. Charities exist for many reasons, but often they are there to support, comfort and provide a service to people in need. People tend not make giving a part of their lives, but there are also many who give to charity regularly. So why do these people generously opt to donate?
When people walk into a charity shop, they’re usually drawn to some items more than others. This means that you may have merchandise that sells particularly well and items no one seems to want. Knowing what’s popular can help you stock your shop accordingly and make a bigger profit. But how can you know what will sell the most in your shop? Read more
Charity shops in the UK are now raising in excess of £290m every year: in the process, they’re providing volunteering opportunities to more than 200,000 people and paid employment to around 17,000, as well as raising vital funds for the charities they support. For charity shop managers, however, there are some tricky decisions to make – such as how to price the goods that are sold. Read more
Volunteers are the backbone of charity shops: they provide their free time to work unpaid for a cause they believe in. There is a lot of hard work involved in volunteering, and this experience can be very rewarding and help your shop to succeed.
Having volunteers with the right traits ensures that expectations are met and that your shop runs smoothly.
Over the past few years, online shopping has become a huge convenience for many people. Even some of the larger charities have jumped at the chance of having their own online shop!
But is it really worth putting some of your donations up for sale on the web through platforms such as eBay – or even your own website like charity giants Oxfam has done?
As a charity shop, it’s important that you maintain a steady flow of conversation with the people who directly influence your cause; your donators. The people that donate money and items to your charity are the people who are helping you to continue doing the good work that you are.
So how can you recognise the impact that donors have had on the success of your charity?