Store & Operations Management

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Store & Operations Management is designed to cover all of the day-to-day and long-term operational and other business-related needs of an independent bookstore, considering both high-level management topics and the daily tasks assigned to individual booksellers.

2022 Course Instructors

Dean Glenda Childs, Owner, Doylestown and Lahaska Bookstores, Doylestown, PA

Anna Thorn, Independent Bookstore Consultant, Washington, D.C.

Lisa Swayze, General Manager and Buyer, Buffalo Street Books, Ithaca, NY

Candice Huber, Owner, Tubby & Coo’s, New Orleans, LA

Nick Buzanski, General Manager, Books Are Magic, Brooklyn, NY

Tim Smith, Operations Manager, Schuler Books and Nicola’s Books, Grand Rapids, MI

DeAndra Beard, Owner, Beyond Barcodes Bookstore, Kokomo/Indianapolis, IN

Course Objective

Store & Operations Management is designed to cover all of the day to day and long term operational and other business-related needs of an independent bookstore, considering both high level management topics and the daily tasks assigned to individual booksellers. The course is built to help managers and owners evaluate their stores and take steps to build and improve infrastructure such as budgets, staff handbooks, and emergency preparedness plans.

Course Components

This course consists of live classes via Zoom, office hours, and live presentations of a final project. Homework is assigned for each class. Students are expected to attend the live classes and finish and pass all homework to be certified.

Major Project Deliverables

Homework includes: store mission statement; monthly budget folder with a cash flow analysis, P&L for the month, P&L for the year to date, and a balance Sheet; staff handbook; emergency handbook; marketing plan. Accommodations will be made for students without access to a store's financial records.

Classes

Class 1 – Welcome to Class and Syllabus Overview

Class 2 –  Define Your Store

Class 3 – Store Systems

First Round of Office Hours

Class 4 – Your Financial Dashboard

Class 5 – Create and Manage Your Own Budget

Second Round of Office Hours

Class 6 – Budget Analysis & Forecasting

Class 7 – Staff Management

Class 8 – Human Resources
Class 9 – Creating Your Own Staff Handbook

Third Round of Office Hours

Class 10 – Emergency Preparedness

Class 11 - Inventory Decisions and Store Layout

Class 12 -  Websites, Merchandising and Supply Ordering

Fourth Round of Office Hours

Class 13 - Marketing Overview

Class 14 - Create Your Own Marketing Plan

Class 15 - Leadership Discussion

Learning Outcomes

This course will provide a thorough overview of the systems, plans and processes for running an independent bookstore. At the end of this course, students will have relevant documents in place, including:

  • Store operations manual, including store systems and policies
  • Budget management systems
  • Staff handbook
  • Staff management systems
  • Emergency preparedness plan
  • Inventory and store layout plans
  • Merchandising plan
  • Supply ordering management plan                                                                           
  • Promotions and marketing plan
  • Leadership tools

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