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Your response impacts our advocacy work, store-landlord negotiations, and ABA’s support for stores. ABACUS can be one of the most useful tools for your business and for our industry.
Login to ABACUSBenchmarking.com or refer to the email sent June 15 from email@example.com with the subject line “ABACUS Benchmarking Survey.”
Questions? Email ABA Chief Financial Officer, PK Sindwani.
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As bookstores rethink strategies and operations in a post-COVID world, the insight from the ABACUS financial survey showing how your store compares with others — whether in terms of key expense categories or sales performance — has never been more important.
ABACUS is a free annual report filled with detailed information highlighting how your store compares to other stores in a range of areas, including profitability, productivity, and financial management. Using the ABACUS report is like adding a financial officer to your staff; it clearly highlights areas that need improving and areas in which your store is succeeding.
This ABACUS reporting cycle will cover 2021 financial results, providing participating stores with useful data, an overview of an economy impacted by COVID-19, and informative graphs.
Much of the information needed to fill out the survey will come from a store’s income statement and balance sheet, and a year end z report from point of sale system, and all data shared through the ABACUS survey is confidential. The time is now to complete the survey. It doesn’t have to be done all at once, the survey can be saved in progress and returned to at any time.
Participating stores will receive:
Industry-wide reports for 2021, including an executive summary, detailed survey results, and multi-year trend comparison tables,
Individual company performance reports — confidential, individualized reports shown alongside appropriate industry comparatives (for instance, net sales and profitability, etc) that give stores an easy way to interpret their ABACUS results and provide actionable feedback on the success and/or improvement areas for each respondent.
Access to interactive online report-generating tools
Excel data tables of the aggregated ABACUS results for 2021, to which stores can add their data for analysis.
And, if we have enough participation to ensure a good sample, a regional report to show how your store’s financials compare with others in your region.
Questions about ABACUS? Email ABA Chief Financial Officer, PK Sindwani.