Robbie Brown Author

Robbie Brown is the President and principal of R. L. Brown & Associates, a Chicago based consulting firm serving the fishing tackle and sporting goods industries in the areas of company valuations, business profitability, systems implementation, applied technology to the business process, inventory management, expense reduction, project management, training and strategic planning.

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What Are You Going to Do Differently This Year?

We are less than two months into the new year. So, what are you going to do differently this year...

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Are Vendors the Good Guys or the Bad Guys?

Having been in business for many years and worked hundreds of trade shows and negotiated with both...

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Is it Time to Sell Your Business?

Almost without exception, every independently owned fishing tackle/sporting goods retailer will...

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How to Avoid Out of Stock Syndrome

No big deal; it happens all the time in retailing. Stock outs are the result of back orders from...

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What’s So Special About the Shrimp Shack?

Just about everything! Let me elaborate. In April of this year, I was traveling with my wife, in...

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Should You Stock Non-Fishing Items in Your Store?

I’ve heard a lot of tackle retailers tell me they can’t or won’t stock apparel, footwear,...

The Art of the Markdown

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Demise by Location

A long standing truism of retailing success is “location, location, location!” If you are in...

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Can You Get Rich Selling Fishing Tackle?

It’s a good question. Can you really get rich selling fishing tackle and/or tackle and sporting...

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Are You Winning the Battle and Losing the War?

The relationship between the retailer and their customers is special, important and . . . sometimes...