Swiss Navy Encourages Support of ‘Independent Retailer Month’

By on July 8, 2021

Pompano Beach, Fla. — M.D. Science Lab, makers of Swiss Navy brand lubricants, is offering suggestions to retailers to help them commemorate Independent Retailer Month throughout July, including use of the social media hashtag #IndieRetail.

“Independent Retailer Month began 10 years ago in 2011 as a way to highlight the important role local merchants have in their communities,” explained a rep. “When consumers shop locally, they are helping support an entrepreneur and people who live in their community.”

“A study in New Orleans found that if residents and visitors were to shift 10% of their spending from chains to local businesses, this move would generate an additional $235 million a year in local economic activity,” the rep added.

Swiss Navy’s suggestions include the following:

  • Give Back to the Local Community
    Data shows that 75% of small businesses donate 6% of their profits each year to charitable causes, many of which are local. Consider offering locally made products in your shops or getting employees involved in a day of community service.
  • Use Creative Visual Merchandising
    Unlike chain stores that adhere to similar floor plans and merchandising, independent retailers can use their imaginations to create unique shopping experiences for consumers.
  • Connect Directly with Buyers
    Independent retailers are familiar with their customers wants and needs, and their store selection can reflect an interesting blend of products based on consumer feedback.
  • Create Badges
    Buttons worn by staff can identify your shop as locally owned; for example, ‘Proud to be an Independent Retailer.’

“However you choose to celebrate Independent Retailer Month, Swiss Navy commends those working to support their local communities,” the rep concluded.

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