Square Root Blog

Our take on store relationship management, data science, entrepreneurship, and Square Root's culture.

The Layers of Loss Prevention

Retailers are always experimenting with new tactics to improve loss prevention. However, these policies are typically over simplifications of this complicated, layered issue.

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Consumers Still Love Shopping in Stores

With several prominent retailers closing their brick-and-mortar locations so far this year, it’s easy to assume traditional retail is on the way out. However, according to our recent study, that may not be the case.

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Auto Industry Analysts Project Downturn for 2017

The past few years have seen a lot of success for the auto industry, as automakers struck gold with incentives like cash back rebates, lease deals, and dealer bonuses. However, 2017 is shaping up to be a different year.

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Black Friday: The Good, The Bad, The Not-Going-Anywhere

While several speciality retailers opt to close for Thanksgiving and Black Friday, many big box retailers see the event as too lucrative an opportunity to pass up. They are open because people—by the hundreds of thousands—continue to show up and shop.

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The Tension

In some multi-unit organizations, where the company’s and stores’s goals are not always in alignment, the tension may be very evident.

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Are You Ready to Rock?

Are you ready to discover your inner rockstar? Join us October 6th for backstage look at Square Root during the Capital Factory Fall Startup Crawl.

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The Disconnect Between Stores and Corporate Strategies

If you ask an executive about the key to a successful retail enterprise, chances are they’ll give you tips on creating a corporate strategy. Yet, anyone in the field or in the stores will tell you there’s so much more going on behind the scenes.

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The Role of Business Intelligence Tools in the Retail Organization

In the world of multi unit retail, you likely have a large, mobile field who relies on daily reports from your corporate or regional offices. As you evaluate new tools (and re-evaluate old tools) to help you deal with the analysis and distribution of your operational data, there are a few questions you should ask yourself.

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Multi-Level Management and Focus: Time is of the Essence

Large multi-unit companies have store managers, district managers, regional managers, corporate-level directors, and more. Luckily, they all speak management, so companies shouldn’t ever face communication challenges, right? While we know communication is critical, it’s just not that easy.

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How I Saved Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Are you struggling to execute your turkey strategy or similar large company initiatives? Find out how CoEFFICIENT can help your organization take a new approach to retail operations.

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Offense, Defense, Defense

“Offense, Defense, Defense.” That’s the way I’ve come to describe the challenge of leading multi-unit operations at the highest levels. If you’re the VP of Store Operations of a retail system, the value you bring to your company is defined by how you mobilize the company’s resources in three main areas.

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3 Things Your Local Insurance Agent Could Learn From Retailers

While online purchases make up only 10 percent of total retail volume today, retailers are focused on any and all strategies to stem the tide of that migration. Insurance agencies, who are seeing a similar shift, could learn from the successful strategies retailers have implemented.

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Do Small Things With Great Love

This quote by Mother Theresa is one of my daily mantras. It helps me acknowledge that I’m not trying to create world change every day, I’m just trying to do the best that I can with what I have. As a yogi and Square Root’s resident meditation leader, I am constantly working on techniques to stay grounded and focused while moving forward.

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Your District Managers are Your Enterprise Quarterbacks

Like in football, having a reliable playbook for district managers can be the difference between gaining yards and dropping the ball. District managers must face multi-faceted challenges in communicating corporate strategy across all their stores.

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New Enterprise Technology Trends for 2016: From CRM to SRM

Many trend articles for 2016 discuss information analysis and complex data sets. They skip right into high-level possibilities of advanced machine learning and Internet of Things platforms, yet enterprises are still struggling with what the data tells them and how they can act on the insights.

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The Tolerance Zone

The goal in a multi-unit retail system is to maximize the relationship between the corporate office and the stores. Read how Square Root’s Store Relationship Management software helps large franchises and retail enterprises do so effectively.

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Radical Work in the Community

This year, many of our Radical team members went into the Austin community to donate their time and resources. Read to find out the different organizations we shared our Radical spirit with this holiday season.

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What Does Culture Fit Mean?

Every company has a culture, good or bad. When it’s good—companies want to make sure each hire fits that culture. Read to find out what a culture fit is and is not to the team at Square Root.

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Girl Power Part Deux

Finding the balance between parenting and working is a whole new challenge. Square Root is joining a growing trend of companies that are flipping the script on parenting in the U.S.

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We’re #2!

Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work® named Square Root the second best small workplace in America last week.

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Key Takeaways From the 2015 District Manager Report

At Square Root, we believe District Managers are superheroes of their organizations. They funnel a massive amount of program and performance information back and forth between corporate headquarters and all of the stores in their district.

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Training: The Benefits of Thinking Small

A special kind of dread comes about when you hear the words, "all-day training" or even worse, "all day webinar." While they’re sometimes logistically necessary, they’re not the best opportunities for real, behavior-changing learning to take place. If you’re trying to...

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Data Science: The People Behind the Numbers at Square Root

In our recent blogs, you’ve seen how data science differs from big data and how data scientists may not have standard career paths in this rapidly developing field. But what is it like to work with Square Root’s data scientists on solving your company’s biggest problems?

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SXSW PanelPicker is Open: Vote for Square Root

Every summer, SXSW hosts the PanelPicker process to engage the community and help select which panels will be included in the conference lineup for March. The community votes are 30% of the final decision for panels and give the public the opportunity to vote for the topics that interest them. This year, Square Root has submitted two panels for the annual conference, and we need your vote!

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Why Diversity Matters to Square Root

Like Courtney, only after I started working at Square Root did I fully realize how diverse this company truly is. We hear all the time a company’s success and competitiveness depends upon its ability to embrace diversity and realize the benefits of increased...

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Beyond the Code: Lessons Learned as a New Developer

Starting your career as a software developer is daunting. Software technology and processes change so quickly that it can be difficult to keep a grasp on career development and personal growth. How can young developers reconcile providing value to their teams while...

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