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Rhiân Davies

Rhiân Davies is a content writer and digital marketing specialist, specializing in HR and recruitment. Her work has appeared on MarTechSeries, HR Technologist, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Recent Articles

Location, Location, Location: Where to Put Your Retail Store
One of the biggest challenges for retailers is where to open your retail storefront. Here are the four different types of retail locations to launch a store.
4 Strategies to Build Your Store’s Brand Loyalty
Brand loyalty can be developed by building the company’s values, reputation, and customer experience. Here are four strategies to increase brand loyalty.
Should You Use the Perpetual Inventory System For Your Business?
A perpetual inventory system tracks inventory on a continual basis and updates automatically. Here are the pros and cons of using a perpetual inventory system.
6 Steps to Writing the Perfect Request for Quotation (RFQ)
A request for quotation (RFQ) invites vendors or suppliers to submit a quote for products or services. Here's how the request for quotation process works.
How to Prepare Your Small Business to Ride the BOPIS Wave
BOPIS is a strategy that allows customers to pay for products on a retailer’s website and then pick them up at the store. Here are four benefits of using BOPIS.
4 Tips for Successful Cross-Merchandising
Cross merchandising is a low-cost way to increase sales volume and build customer loyalty. Here are some best practices to keep in mind when cross-merchandising.
A Guide to Performing Offline POS Transactions
A POS offline transaction is when your POS system is offline and you still need to process a transaction. Here are four benefits of a POS in offline transaction mode.
7 Ways Field Service Automation Can Improve Your Business
Field service automation allows you to automate repetitive tasks to maximize productivity. Learn how field service automation can improve your business.
Scale Your Business With Our Guide to Route Optimization
Route optimization can reduce costs, increase efficiency, minimize route planning, and improve the customer experience. Here's how route optimization works.
A Small Business Guide to Understanding the Short-Haul Exemption
For drivers to qualify for the short-haul exemption, they need to meet certain requirements. Learn what it is and see if you meet the necessary requirements.
7 Easy Ways to Boost Employee Morale
A motivated and loyal employee that engages customers in the workplace can lead to profits. Use our seven tips to improve your employee's morale at work.
10 Fun Office Superlatives to Celebrate Your Employees
Superlative awards are a great way to personalize and recognize employees for their hard work. Here are 10 creative superlative ideas to award your employees.
7 Costs of Hiring a New Employee for Your Small Business
Besides a salary, the expenses for hiring a new employee can quickly add up. We outline seven common hiring costs, as well as tips to improve retention rates.
7 Beacon Technology Retail Strategies to Increase Sales
Beacon technology gathers customer information about their movement and sends them targeted advertising. Boost sales using this technology in your retail store.
A 2021 Guide to POS System Pricing
In pricing a POS system, you should consider things like features, number of users, and hardware. Look at the different variables before you make a decision.
10 Design Tips for Your Retail Storefront (Plus Examples)
Most retail stores have had to find new ways to engage with customers this year. Here are 10 design tips that will boost sales for your retail storefront.
How to Open a Retail Store in 12 Steps
You have a business idea and you're ready to take the leap, but not sure how to get started? Here are the steps to take to successfully open your retail store.
The 5 Best Payment Gateways for Secure Transactions
A payment gateway is a virtual POS that approves or declines transactions made between your business and customers. Consider these top five payment gateways.
A Beginner's Guide to Becoming a Reseller
A reseller purchases products with the purpose of reselling the products for a profit. Here are the three most common methods to make money as a reseller.
8 Strategies for a Best-in-Class Retail Experience That Keeps Customers Coming Back
Retailers are faced with the challenge of creating a great retail experience to entice customers. Here are eight tips to create an unforgettable experience.
How to Succeed in Online Retail in 7 Steps
With the right e-commerce platform, you're ready to take the leap into online retail. Now you need a plan. Here's a seven-step plan to help you get started.
The Future of Retail in 2021 and Beyond
Agility and adaptability are key to preparing your business for the future of retail. Implement these 10 strategies to ensure your retail business thrives.
Is Penetration Pricing the Right Pricing Strategy for Your Business?
Penetration pricing is designed to capture market share using a low pricing strategy. Here are the pros and cons of using penetration pricing in your business.
Everything You Need to Know About Retail Arbitrage
You don't need a lot of money to get started in retail arbitrage and there are endless opportunities. Learn how to get started in retail arbitrage with these tips.
The Ultimate Small Business Guide to Retail Merchandising Strategies
An effective merchandising strategy can help you increase sales and enhance the customer experience. Here are a few tips that will improve your merchandising.
8 Best Stripe Competitors You Should Consider
Stripe is a large POS player in the payments industry, but it's built for larger businesses. Here are eight competitors that work great with small businesses.
The 8 Best ShopKeep Alternatives
ShopKeep is a popular POS solution for retail businesses of all sizes. But if it's not the best fit for you, check out these eight ShopKeep competitors.
Stripe vs. Square: Which Is Better for Your Business?
Stripe and Square are two giant POS platforms, but which one is better? Here we compare both head-to-head and you pick the best solution for your business.
ShopKeep vs. Square: Which POS Is Best for Your Business?
ShopKeep and Square are two industry-leading POS platforms, but which is better? Here we compare both and you decide which solution is best for your business.
10 Ways to Stop Shoplifting in Your Retail Store
If you are a retail store owner, shoplifting can be a major concern and eat into your profits. Here are 10 tips to help prevent shoplifting in your store.
A Comprehensive Guide to Retail Management
Retail management includes overseeing everything that makes a store work plus customer service. Here are four key responsibilities for retail store managers.
5 Ways Software Benefits Retail Inventory Management Processes
Good retail inventory management can drive sales and help keep inventory in check. Here are five ways software helps power your inventory management processes.
How to Build a Good Vacation Time Policy
Vacation time refers to the time employees take specifically for vacation. Here's what you should consider when setting up a vacation policy for your employees.
A Small Business Guide to Servant Leadership
Servant leadership requires a serve-first mindset -- leaders focused on empowering those who work for them. Here are 10 key servant leader characteristics.
Retail Terminology A-Z: 23 Retail Terms You Need to Know
The retail industry is ever-changing, and it's important to keep up with some common retail terminology. Here the relevant terms all retailers should know.
A Small Business Guide to Brick-and-Mortar Stores
Are brick-and-mortar stores dead? Since COVID, retail stores have struggled to survive. Here are the benefits of implementing a brick-and-mortar strategy.
Retail Pro Review
Retail Pro is a retail management solution designed for larger specialty retail businesses. In this review, we highlight Retail Pro’s best features.
Epicor Retail Cloud Review
Epicor Retail Cloud is an easy-to-use retail management platform built for speciality retail businesses. In this review, we detail Epicor's features and more.
KORONA POS is a popular point of sale software designed for a wide range of business types. Here we detail KORONA POS's best features and its pros and cons.
Agiliron Review
Agiliron is a multichannel commerce platform that offers POS, inventory management, and e-commerce solutions. In this review, we highlight Agiliron's best features.
talech Review
talech is an affordable and solid POS solution built for a wide array of retail businesses. In this review, we highlight talech's best features and support.
4 Types of Inventory Management Systems for Small Businesses
Good inventory management allows you to manage stock and track products as they move across the business. Here are four types of inventory management systems.
Shopify vs. Square: Which POS Is Best for Small Businesses?
Shopify and Square are two point-of-sale (POS) giants that offer similar services, but which is better? Here we compare their features, pricing, and more.
4 Inventory Costing Methods for Small Businesses
Inventory costing is when businesses assign costs to products they have in inventory. Here are four inventory costing methods you can use in your small business.
PayPal Here vs. Square: Which Is Best for Small Businesses?
Paypal Here and Square are two top-rated POS solutions packed with power. Here we compare the solutions so can you decide which best fits your small business.
5 Best Practices for Executing a Video Conference
If you're working remotely, chances are you'll be on video conference sooner or later. Here are five tips on how to have the best video conferencing experience.
The Top 9 Cloud Point of Sale (POS) Systems for Small Businesses
What elements should your business consider when selecting a cloud POS system? Here we detail the features and functionality of the best cloud POS systems.
The Small Business Guide to 360-Degree Feedback
Modern performance measures are not enough to help employees improve work performance. We look at how 360-degree feedback can benefit small businesses.
What Is Square POS? A Guide for Small Businesses
Square is an easy-to-use and affordable POS system built for small businesses, but is it right for you? Here we uncover the value in Square’s tools.
The 5 Best Screen Sharing Software Tools for Small Businesses
Screen sharing is an easy way to guide your team with a presentation viewable by everyone. We've highlighted the best screen sharing software for businesses.
How to Create a Remote Work Policy for Your Small Business
Remote work policies are important because small businesses need to manage employees effectively. The Blueprint explains how to create a remote working policy.
Slack Review
Slack is a business communication platform with solid chat room functionality. In this review, The Blueprint highlights Slack's top features, benefits and more.
The Small Business Guide to Recurring Payments
If you want to increase revenue streams for your business, consider recurring payments. There are several benefits for businesses that set up recurring payments.
3 Types of Video Conferencing Systems for Small Businesses
The three types of video conferencing systems have various requirements and benefits. Pick the right meeting software for your business with this guide.
The 5 Must-Have POS Features for Small Businesses
POS systems allow your business to take payments, but which features are really important? The Blueprint covers the key POS features for your small business.
5 Tips to Help Freelancers Stay Afloat During COVID-19
Many freelancers are experiencing a work slowdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. These tips will help freelancers make it through unscathed (or less scathed).
The Small Business Guide to Mobile Payments
Mobile payments are a quick and easy way to process payments without cash or card. The Blueprint goes through the benefits of accepting mobile payments.
How to Successfully Run a Remote Meeting with a Video Conferencing Platform
Holding remote meetings can be little intimidating so you should follow some simple guidelines. The Blueprint covers some helpful tips to run remote meetings.
Skype Review
Skype is a popular and free video conferencing tool that’s gone through many changes over the years. The Blueprint covers Skype’s best features in this review.
The 6 Best Tools for Working Remotely
Remote work requires having the right tools to help you manage your business. The Blueprint covers the best remote working tools for your small business.
Webex Meetings Review
Webex Meetings is a video conferencing solution that’s popular among businesses of all sizes. The Blueprint covers Webex Meetings’ best features in this review.
Google Meet Review
Google Meet is a video conferencing app included in Google’s G Suite. The Blueprint covers Google Meet’s best features and pricing in this review.
6 Small Business Recruiting Strategies to Attract Top Talent
Many small businesses struggle to attract and recruit talented candidates. The Blueprint goes through recruiting strategies to help attract top talent.
GoToMeeting Review
GoToMeeting is a video conferencing tool with many unique features. The Blueprint covers GoToMeeting's best features and pricing in this review.
UberConference Review
UberConference is a web-based audio conferencing tool that hosts online calls and meetings. The Blueprint takes a look at UberConference in this review.
Zoom Meetings Review
Zoom Meetings is a video conferencing solution that helps your business run remote meetings. The Blueprint outlines Zoom Meetings best features in this review.
The Top 6 POS Systems for Bars
Without dedicated restaurant and bar software, you risk losing potential profits. The Blueprint lists the 6 best POS systems to help you run your bar.
A Beginner’s Guide to Human Resource Management
Human resource management is a core function of the HR department. The Blueprint goes through 6 tips to help you with human resource management.
The 6 Key Functions of Human Resources
A well organized human resources department can help your business effectively manage employees. The Blueprint outlines 6 functions of HR.
A Beginner’s Guide to Using Virtual Terminals
Virtual terminals give customers an alternative payment option. The Blueprint gives you steps on how to process credit cards with virtual terminals.
A Beginner's Guide to Merchant Cash Advance
A merchant cash advance is a viable financing option for your business. The Blueprint goes through merchant cash advances for small businesses step-by-step.
How to Find Wholesale Distributors for Your Small Business
Small businesses survive by obtaining products at wholesale prices. The Blueprint provides a 4 step process on how to find the best wholesale distributors.
Lightspeed POS Review
For retailers who are looking for a more advanced POS system and are willing to fork out a little more, Lightspeed’s POS system has them covered.
ShopKeep Review
ShopKeep is an out-of-the-box POS system designed for a range of retail and food and beverage businesses. The Blueprint takes an in-depth look at this software.
A Beginner’s Guide to POS Hardware
What you should consider when choosing POS hardware? The Blueprint goes through the things you should consider when choosing a POS system.
Square Review
Square is a free point-of-sale app that’s suitable for just about every business type. The Blueprint takes an in-depth look at this POS software.
4 Ways HR Analytics Help Small Businesses Make Data-Driven Decisions
HR Analytics help businesses generate insights and make data-driven decisions. The Blueprint explains the benefits of using HR Analytics.
7 Key Employee Retention Strategies for Your Small Business
Employee turnover is a constant struggle for companies. The Blueprint looks at several employee retention strategies to help you retain the best employees.
4 Talent Acquisition Strategies for Long-Term Business Growth
Hiring and retaining top talent requires more than just a recruitment strategy. The Blueprint takes a look at how to create a talent acquisition strategy.