4 Resources Independent Retailers Need in 2021 to Help Boost Business Success

2021 is in full swing and the reality is, it isn’t necessarily a breeze for small merchants in particular to capture consumer attention or dollars. This said, customers are spending despite the challenges of COVID-19. In fact, retail sales jumped over 5% at the start of 2021 and consumers do not seem to be slowing down when it comes to spending. Where they spend, what they buy and more so, how they connect with brands and retailers has taken a shift, though. While in-store and online alike are still relevant, it’s important to not only be where your customers are but to also make sure you inventory keeps moving – which also means making sure you have the right inventory to move. To help achieve this, consider how the below resources can help independent retailers maintain and even boost their business success in the year ahead.


With the lack of physical trade shows taking place due to COVID-19 and an increased desire to have 24|7 access to inventory for your store, it’s refreshing to find an online marketplace like Tundra that small businesses can utilize at their convenience on terms that cater to their best interests. With over 500,000K products to explore at the best wholesale prices possible, Tundra brings connectivity to retailers and brands without hassle, without frustration and without hidden fees. With net terms for approved retailers and nearly 200K of their products shipping for free, Tundra has virtual shelves with name brands, new brands and new-to-you brands that every retailer should want to explore. Whether you are a corner merchants, an emerging e-commerce site or an established omnichannel retailer, Tundra is worth taking a virtual stroll of to see what products and brands may be right for your unique business. Plus, first time buyers get 15% off their first order! Explore Tundra here now. 


Connect with your consumers where they already spend a lot of time! CommentSold integrates into Facebook and Instagram, helping merchants accelerate sales while delivering personalized customer care and brand interaction. Sounds too good to be true, right? But trust us, we’re huge fans and huge believers that small merchants like yourself need to introduce this type of video experience for them to take their sales to another level. We also love how retailers can use their physical store spaces to create videos and likewise – if you don’t have a brick and mortar store, CommentSold still works for you. This is a great technology to help boost profit while optimizing your social media efforts. Plus, CommentSold’s powerful automation will carry out time-consuming tasks – helping busy retailers get their work done quicker and with more efficiency. Quickly convert social media comments to sales, automate your invoicing, and streamline shipping and fulfillment without costly human error. Like we said… it sounds too good to be true, but fortunately it isn’t. Check out CommentSold here now. 


Okay retailers, let’s talk some truth. Moving inventory from your stores is not always easy. For many merchants – whether due to COVID restrictions or due to excess inventory for other reasons or simply just because – products can build up on store shelves without any idea to when they may sell. This is definitely not the goal a retailer should have, which is just one of the many reasons we are fans of SellBrite. Owned by Go Daddy, SellBrite is the easiest way for brands and retailers to list and sell their products on the world’s largest online marketplace. For those of you who are brick and mortar stores, we are not suggesting you eliminate your in-store selling strategies. But SellBrite can help merchants increase their selling avenues much faster and much more easily than ever before. You can even sell items in bulk of up to 100 units or 1 by 1. Plus, you don’t need to have your own website to get your listings started on SellBrite. If COVID taught us anything, it’s that having a digital strategy in place to connect with customers is a must even if you want to maintain a brick and mortar business (which we applaud and support, by the way). To explore how SellBrite may be right for you, click here now. 


With COVID impacting commerce in countless ways, one thing that is certain is that digital connectivity is critical for customers and merchants to stay in touch. If you have hesitated to have an online shop or even just an online website for any reason, consider this your nudge to finally get a presence online that soley represents your store. From offering products to sharing store hour updates to providing an overview of inventory to sharing promotional updates to connecting customers with your store contact information and more, there are many reasons to want an online website for your one-of-a-kind business. That said, we get it… you’re busy. Having one and maintaining one – not to mentioning building one – needs to be easy and affordable. This is why we’re big fans of Sellfy. They offer free trials to start your website and rumor has it starting a site takes as little as 5 minutes. To explore how Sellfy may be right for you, click here.

Finally, let us know what you’re retail pain points, opportunities, best practices and more are! As we continue to look ahead into 2021, we want to connect you with the best resources to help your business and the best content to help you stay informed, motivated and profitable. Email Retail Minded directly at 

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