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The Opposite of NO
2. Gambling at the local level
As often as I have the pleasure of traveling to a trade show or conference in Las Vegas, I have never found the gaming areas to catch my attention. The same is true when I have traveled to Biloxi, Mississippi, New Orleans, Louisiana, or any other city with gambling. My comment to folks was that I consider retailing to be enough of a gamble.
Actually, as retailers we all need to become gamblers - at least within our business. I recently worked with a group that I had presented an idea to some 60 days previously. Their merchandiser immediately contacted the supplier and enlisted them to appear in their trade show. After the show, I was told some 40% of their stores decided to try the idea. The cost of the idea was only $100. Some folks said they did not want to gamble. Yet, they gamble every day.
As an example, you expect a certain Saturday to be a very busy day, and you schedule plenty of help on the sales floor. Instead, after you have been open for an hour, it begins to rain. And it rains a lot all day long. You have wasted a sizable number of dollars in unproductive personnel unless you can get everyone working using your "rainy day project list".
Wayne Gretzky, the great hockey player, said, "you will miss 100% of the shots you don't take." Have you taken any shots today?
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