The Ascot Shop has participated in the Retail Communities group for over 10 years and has found the experience to be extremely beneficial to the success and survival of our operation. By sharing information regarding the market, emerging trends, vendors, marketing or personnel issues to name a few topics you realize there is a common thread at all of us share regardless of our diverse operations and locations. The group also acts like an informal board of directors where any topic or problem can be discussed in confidence and the resulting input and feedback can be very helpful in making key decisions or potential changes. A special bond is formed between the members that cannot be measured and developing lifelong relationships with each other is just one of the many benefits to being a member. I strongly urge anyone who might be struggling in today's retail environment or just hoping to improve their skills as a retailer to consider joining the group and reap the instant benefits you would experience by being part of the Retail Communities family.
I first met Danny Paul at a Retail Communities meeting over 10 years ago. I was instantly impressed with Danny's organizational skills and obvious grasp of the issues and problems facing retailers today. With over 30 years experience as CEO of the retail consulting firm RMSA, Danny brought that knowledge and expertise with him to start up Retail Communities, a group of some of the finest retailers in the country that meet twice a year to review all aspects of running a retail operation. His leadership and insights into the problems facing the world of retail are invaluable and timely.
We discovered that Danny also does inventor planning and open to buy for stores so we signed up for his monthly reports. While every retailer knows how to do an OTB the information he provides goes much deeper and allows a better grasp on what is, and is not, happening in the store on a monthly basis. We always look forward to our meeting to review his comments, suggestions and observations. He has been instrumental in contributing to the success of our business but more importantly his integrity, support, and friendship are priceless and we would highly recommend Danny to anyone who desires to have a better and more profitable operation.