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4 apps store owners need on their smartphones

4 apps store owners need on their smartphones


We use apps every day to make our personal lives a little easier. Smartphone and tablet apps let us connect to our friends, family and colleagues. They give us the ability to learn new things or let off some steam after a long day at work.

Apps can also change the way you do business, giving you the opportunity to conserve resources and optimize your customer engagement strategy.

Here are four apps every retailer should consider downloading today:

1. When I Work

Scheduling employees can be difficult, especially around the holidays. Things get busy at your shop, and employees start making plans to visit relatives. To ensure your shop is fully operational through these busy months, you’ll need an intuitive scheduling solution. Posting a schedule in the backroom or sending out an email blast are both inefficient and can make requesting shift changes a burden.

When I Work is a comprehensive smartphone app that allows you to assign shifts transparently. Your employees gain the ability to view schedules and request changes from their mobile devices.

2. Hootsuite

Our app features assembly videos, image scanning, and more!

In today’s hyper-competitive marketplace, customer engagement is more important than ever. Not only must retailers focus resources on traditional ad buying, but they’re expected to have a robust social media presence, as well. However, managing Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other channels can be a full-time job in itself.

Hootsuite is an all-in-one solution to your social media needs. The app integrates with over 35 social media platforms, allowing you to reach your target audience from a single hub. Plus, Hootsuite provides powerful analytic tools so you can optimize your approach. Give it a try for free to see how it will benefit your business.

3. Vend

There are many point-of-sale solutions available these days, but Vend is one of the most intuitive to set up and use. It works with most scanners, printers and cash drawers, so you may not even need to purchase additional equipment. If you have a tablet or smartphone, Vend takes only a few moments to set up. Best of all, the interface is sleek and easy to operate, so you can train your employees to use it in one short session.

Once you have Vend up and running, you start processing sales almost immediately. If your business has an ecommerce component, Vend integrates with most platforms.

4. Firefly Store Solutions

Once you finalize a digital marketing plan for your store, you’ll need to focus some attention to your in-store displays. Our app allows you to browse and shop display items; watch assembly, how-to and DIY videos; and read customer reviews. With the touch of a button, you can instantly connect to our expert customer services representatives, who can offer personalized tips and advice.

Our digital catalog app is another great way to receive our latest catalog before it mails, browse our extensive product line and have it at your fingertips on the go. You’ll find amazing display pieces, from mannequins to jewelry displays and just about everything in between. Click here to start browsing!