Holiday retail sales are expected to hover around $680 billion this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Given these high stakes, businesses are looking to do all they can to not leave any money on the table.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to preparing a retail operation, whether it's ecommerce or bricks-and-mortar, for an influx of business during the holiday season. But small business experts and experienced owners agree that a blend of time-tested, common-sense steps and innovative approaches can help small businesses take on the holiday sales rush.
Here are nine key steps to get your business ready for the holiday season.