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News   May 18, 2023   by Greg Aguilera

From the Magazine: Business Management: Navigating the changing retail landscape

Here are some tips for small shop owners to navigate through the change

The automotive industry is changing at an unprecedented pace. With the rise of e-commerce and large retail chains, smaller shops are facing increasing challenges in recent years.

But while the challenges are great, there are also opportunities to be found. Here are some tips for you as a small shop owner looking to navigate the changing retail landscape.

Differentiate yourself

With so many businesses vying for consumers’ attention, it’s more important than ever to stand out from the crowd. Consider what makes your shop unique and focus on emphasizing those aspects in your marketing and branding efforts.

Whether it’s your products, your customer service, or your location, find ways to differentiate yourself and make your shop a must-visit destination.

Embrace technology

While e-commerce may have posed a challenge to brick-and-mortar retailers, it’s also opened up new opportunities. Consider investing in your social media presence — this is a new way to attract your future customers.

Use technology to streamline your operations and improve the customer experience. For example, implementing a point-of-sale system or mobile payments that make transactions more efficient and convenient for customers.

Build community

In an increasingly digital world, consumers are craving human connection more than ever. Build relationships with your customers. Create a sense of community around your shop. Host events or workshops, participate in local events and engage with your customers on social media.

By fostering a sense of connection and belonging, you can create loyal customers who will keep coming back.


In some cases, teaming up with other businesses can be a win-win for everyone involved. Consider partnering with other local shops or service providers to offer joint promotions or events.

By pooling your resources and expertise, you can create a stronger value proposition for your customers and expand your reach

The retail landscape may be changing rapidly, but there are still opportunities for small shops to thrive. By differentiating yourself, embracing technology, building community, and collaborating with others, you can position your business for success in the years to come.

This article originally appeared in the March/April issue of CARS

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