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The 10 Best Retail Blogs for Business Owners
January 09, 2019
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The 10 Best Retail Blogs for Business Owners

Former U.S. President Harry S. Truman said, “not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Reading can quickly build your expertise and allow you to learn from top industry experts. As a small business owner, it’s important to stay on top of the latest trends and research so you can grow your business and keep your customers happy. Fortunately, there are many blogs and resources specifically for retail business owners like you.

In this post, we’ve sorted through hundreds of business blogs to bring you the top ten resources that will benefit for your retail business. Whether you own a brick and mortar store or are an online retailer, there’s content on this list that can enable you to grow your business.  Let’s get started!

Read These Business Blogs for Retail Business Owners:

1. Retailwire

Retailwire has been around for 15 years and each business day they post new discussion-worthy topics that members of their “BrainTrust” and guests can comment on. Each post has a roundtable-discussion feel as marketing directors, CEO’s, and business owners can give their opinions. The topics are timely, and although much of their focus is on big brands, the concepts are still relevant to small business owners.

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2. IBM Retail Industry

The IBM blog focuses on the latest retail trends, predictions, and emerging technology. It also covers merchandising and supply chain, retail operations, and industry events. If your business utilizes retail technology, this blog can give you ideas on where the industry is going and how you can get ahead of the competition.

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3. Medallion Retail

Medallion’s blog features articles about creativity, storytelling, brand building, strategy, and social media integration. They’re an in-store retail marketing agency that’s worked with some of the biggest brands in the industry, so they understand how to make in-store signage pop. This blog is helpful for businesses that have a physical retail location and are looking to understand brick and mortar store developments.

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4. Shopify

Shopify is one of the most well-known eCommerce platforms and their blog covers a multitude of topics for digital retailers, such as sales and marketing, in-person selling and pop-up shops, and inventory management. If you’re an independent retailer that primarily does business online, you should bookmark this blog and read it daily.

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5. Retail Design Blog

If you want to redesign your store or give your displays a makeover, the Retail Design blog is full of ideas. Not only is it solely dedicated to retail design, it covers different categories such as office and healthcare, fashion and design, visual merchandising, and furniture. According to their website, they get 20,000 daily visitors and cater to brand managers, visual merchandisers, and retailers.

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6. Retail Minded

Retail Minded was founded in 2007 by influencer Nichole Leinbach Reyhle and has a section devoted to boutique retailers. Its goal is to help independent retailers by bringing them the latest industry trends, news, and education. The blog is visually-appealing and provides access to their magazine and resource guide.

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7. National Retail Federation

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has been around for more than 100 years and they’re committed to helping retailers across the country. Even if you’re not a member, you can still access blog content for free. Plus, there’s an entire section devoted to content and resources for small business owners.

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8. Retail Geek

Retail Geek not only talks about the future of retail, but also covers how companies occasionally fall short. The founder, Jason Goldberg, is a fourth-generation retailer and has a podcast where he interviews prominent retailers. If you don’t have time to read the blog, you can gain great insight by listening to the podcast on your way to work.

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9. Forrester Retail

Forrester is one of the world’s leading data and research companies and their blog is full of industry data and research studies. The content is high-level, but if you like research, you can examine their customer and technology trends and apply them to your business.

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10. Retail Doc

Bob Phibbs, aka “the Retail Doctor” is a keynote speaker that’s an expert in retail consulting and sales. His blog contains engaging content and photos that will help you grow your business. In addition to the blog content, he offers a deep dive into retail sales strategy, online trainings, and an educational newsletter.

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Conclusion: Start Reading Top Retail Blogs

Once you find the retail blogs you’d like to read regularly, subscribe to them so that you can get the content in your email inbox when a new post is published. This way you won’t have to check daily to see if a new blog is posted, and you’ll never miss a post. Be sure to set aside time each week to read, so you can stay up-to-date with the latest industry developments.

Do you have any other retail business blogs that you read regularly? Tell us about them in the comments section below.

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