Christian Retailing

Learning from the general market PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathleen Samuelson   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 03:08 PM EDT

F-SamuelsonChristian owners of companies ‘in the world’ share their best business practices

Enlarge your territory through foreign rights PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Riggins   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 02:53 PM EDT

RIRS-pie-chartHow publishers can increase the sales and ministry of their books by going global

Helping stores face uncertain times PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cathy Hickling   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 02:32 PM EDT

BobWhitaker-LeeYeckel-CreditBeckySpeerDistributors serve key role in the evolving Christian products industry

Caring for your customers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Greg Culbertson   
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 02:24 PM EDT

F-CulbertsonYour store’s above-and-beyond service will not go unnoticed

Appealing to moms—and reaching their ‘momtourage’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Manz Simon   
Friday, 13 March 2015 10:05 AM EDT

Offering a family-friendly store is the first baby step

LogosOfDallas-CharactersMoms spend an estimated $2.4 trillion on products and services each year. How much are they spending in your store?

Trust goes a long way with homeschoolers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sarah Rice   
Friday, 13 March 2015 09:55 AM EDT

Showing home educators you’re in their court has the potential to grow store sales

F-Rice HomeshchoolHome education is now legal in every state, and with a second generation of homeschool kids being raised by parents who were themselves homeschooled, Christian retailers need to take note of this growing market. There are an estimated 2.5 million children being homeschooled in the U.S. today, and with home educators spending an average of $1,000 annually per child on curriculum and supplies, the market is one Christian retailers cannot afford to ignore.

Charismatic authors expand reach PDF Print E-mail
Written by Troy Anderson & Natalie Gillespie   
Friday, 13 March 2015 09:39 AM EDT

Fastest-growing segment of the church helps build consumer market for best-selling authors, Spirit-focused topics

Charismatic-books IMG 6875Amid the burgeoning Jesus Movement and charismatic renewal, Lloyd Hildebrand began his publishing career in 1969—packing books in the back room of a jewelry store that doubled as a publishing company.

At the time—shortly before Time magazine’s “The Jesus Revolution” cover story would bring worldwide attention to the phenomenon—Hildebrand’s fledgling company, Logos International Fellowship, published Run Baby Run by Nicky Cruz with Jamie Buckingham.

Preparing your store for spring PDF Print E-mail
Written by Amelia Nizynski   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 04:23 PM EST

Season’s holidays mark big moments and sales opportunities

TheBookery-MenThe spring holiday selling season is quickly approaching. With customers planning their Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduation celebrations, as a Christian retailer, you need to prepare your store for each of these opportunities.

Reaching the academic reader PDF Print E-mail
Written by Louis McBride   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 04:08 PM EST

Catering to a neglected niche customer may just pay off

DSC02245Most CBA market stores have such a minor “academic” book section it is probably not much more than a 4-foot shelf. The section is sparsely populated with a few Bible commentaries, a Bible handbook and maybe, if you’re daring, a systematic theology. Who reads this stuff, and why should your store carry it? Good questions. Let’s do a little history first.

Serving Bible shoppers—it’s all about them PDF Print E-mail
Written by Doug Lockhart   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 03:59 PM EST

How to best help your store’s customers as you put the Scriptures into their hands

HCCP-image-1-topAfter rejoining the commercial Christian publishing industry for the second time recently, I was excited when Christian Retailing asked me to write an article about selling Bibles. It has been striking to see how much has changed and yet how much has remained the same.

Celebrating 60 years of ‘Christian Retailing’ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 03:44 PM EST

Sixty years ago, a trade magazine was launched to serve the burgeoning Christian retail industry. Known at its start in 1955 as Christian Bookseller, the publication that later was renamed Christian Retailing now is going through another significant innovation in response to the changing business environment.

Building your business PDF Print E-mail
Written by C. Britt Beemer & Carol Schroede   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 03:33 PM EST

Two experts offer tips for your Christian retail store


Looking to learn from the broader retail environment, we asked two retail experts to answer some key questions for Christian retailers. Consider how these responses from Britt Beemer of America’s Research Group and Carol Schroeder of Orange Tree Imports might apply to your store.


What are one or two things Christian retailers can learn from the larger market about key retail practices?

7 trends that will affect your store this year PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dave Almack   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015 03:26 PM EST

Christian retailers can meet customer needs in light of 21st-century cultural patterns

F AlmackThe Bible calls us to be “as wise as serpents and innocent as doves.” In 1 Chronicles 12:32, we are told about the men of Issachar who had “understanding of times and what Israel should do.” As you prepare for the year ahead, here are some important trends that you need to know about that will matter to your Christian retail store.

YEAR IN REVIEW, Part 2: 2 key categories shine in 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 04:59 PM EST

Looking back on big licenses and significant products in children’s and gifts

As we did last issue, reflecting on the year 2014 in a number of product categories, this issue we look back on the year that was in two key categories for Christian retailers—children’s and gifts.

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CURRICULUM: Serving the Sunday school ministry PDF Print E-mail
Written by Aaron Crisler   
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 04:43 PM EST

Fostering a ‘solid connection’ with churches can pay off in Christian retail sales

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