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I can answer most anything on retail sales, marketing, placement, packaging, importing and distribution.

Experience in the area

15 years in retail as a store owner/ manager then buyer for a large retail chain. 28 years as a sales and marketing specialist and entrepreneur. I have worked with companies in Europe, China, Canada and Mexico in developing, marketing and sales of product to major retailers throughout the USA.


Long Beach State

What do you like about this subject?

I have been involved in some facet of retail my entire working life.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

The average retail business fails within the first three years; this is usually due to improper planning and execution. Ask as many questions as possible before you commit your time and energy; it will be worth it.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

The world is changing at a rapid pace; manufacturing and production have moved quickly from the USA to many foreign countries. Whether we like it or not, it is the way of the world and it isn't going back to the way it used to be. Now more than ever we must prepare ourselves to work and service within a global marketplace.

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Recent Answers from Steven Ramsby

2013-02-01 Question ...:

I wish I could offer you some literature on this, but I'm afraid it would just require some searches to find what suits your needs.  Most of my knowledge on this just comes from thirty years of doing it

2013-01-29 Question ...:

This is difficult and I can only answer in terms of the USA market, since other areas of the world are different.    Rule #1 of marketing in the USA is that consumers don't read.  You have to have visual

2012-05-03 Sales:

Diane,  My sincere apologies for taking so long to get back to you, but I just returned from Asia last night.    First off, congratulations on taking the initiative to start your own business, this is

2011-07-10 Department store markups:

Sorry for the long delay on this, for some reason it did not come through.  Department stores normally price each category based on competition and also their basic margin requirements.  Certain categories

2010-03-28 new designs:

Louise,  This one is definitely up my alley as that is what I do now, sell home decor and furnishings to large retailers.  I would be very interested to see the product you have and could probably help


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