Cool Idea for Retail Shops

in On Entrepreneurship

One of the most common refrains I hear from small business owners is:

“But you don’t understand, my business is commoditized because we all offer the same basic thing.”

  • FACT: There are ALWAYS new ways to serve and amaze your customers.
  • FACT: There are ALWAYS ways to differentiate your business from the landscape of options presented to your customers.
  • FACT: If you can’t tell me in a single sentence how you are different/better/superior than any and every other option … go to your room and sit in the corner till you can. grin

Case in point…

A store in Manhattan has introduced a system where a customer just needs to walk around the store with a scanner to select their items. They just zap the product they want and move on to the next without any need to pick the product up and drag through the store. Customers pay at the counter for the products and a $15 charge which inlcudes home delivery.

From Piers Fawkes at If.

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1 Anonymous December 14, 2005 at 9:12 pm

Some commom marketing mistakes made by small businesses.
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2 Anonymous December 15, 2005 at 2:12 am

Some commom marketing mistakes made by small businesses.——-

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3 Anonymous November 8, 2005 at 8:11 pm

I agree that differentiation is they keyword in running a successfull business.

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4 Anonymous November 9, 2005 at 1:11 am

I agree that differentiation is they keyword in running a successfull business.

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5 Anonymous September 26, 2005 at 2:09 am

Businesses that don’t differentiate in a meaningful way soon head the way of the Dinosaur.

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6 Anonymous September 26, 2005 at 2:09 am

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7 Anonymous September 26, 2005 at 7:09 am

Businesses that don’t differentiate in a meaningful way soon head the way of the Dinosaur.

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8 Anonymous September 26, 2005 at 7:09 am

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9 Anonymous September 19, 2005 at 10:09 am

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