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Roundtable: Conversation With Microstores

Roundtable: Conversation With Microstores (March 9, 2022)
Content related to the education session Roundtable: Conversation With Microstores, Snow Days 2022.
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Topic:
  • Operations
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  • Owners and Managers

This roundtable is your opportunity to socialize, network, and learn from booksellers who run microstore operations. Whether you represent a microstore or are new to this model, this conversation will provide you with valuable insights and new connections.

Moderators: Jhoanna Belfer, Bel Canto Books (Long Beach, CA); Lea Bickerton, The Tiny Bookstore (Pittsburgh, PA)

Roundtable: Conversation With Nonprofits and Employee Owned Co-ops

Roundtable: Conversation With Nonprofits and Employee Owned Co-ops (March 8, 2022)
Content related to the education session Roundtable: Conversation With Nonprofits and Employee Owned Co-ops, Snow Days 2022.
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This roundtable is your opportunity to socialize, network, and learn from booksellers who run nonprofits and employee owned co-ops. Whether you currently represent a nonprofit and employee owned co-op or are new to this model, this conversation will provide you with valuable insights and new connections.

Moderators: Jeff Martin, Magic City Books (Tulsa, OK); Libertie Valance, Firestorm Books & Coffee (Asheville, NC)

Diversity & Inclusion Matters in your Store: A DEI Store Audit to Walk the Talk

Diversity & Inclusion Matters in your Store: A DEI Store Audit to Walk the Talk (February 16, 2022)
Content related to the education session Diversity & Inclusion Matters in your Store: A DEI Store Audit to Walk the Talk, Winter Institute 2016.
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  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Operations
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  • Owners and Managers

Led by author and expert Jason Thompson, this session will help stores be effective in their commitment to representation, equity, and access. A DEI audit checklist will help stores look at every aspect of their business — from hiring and training to signage, social media, and inventory — through a DEI lens, and a discussion of goals and metrics will help ensure measurable success. Jason Thompson is a successful and experienced diversity officer that has developed and led diversity programs in higher education, sports, healthcare, and tech. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, USA Today, and CNN. His education session for the ABA Board was extremely well received with some directors calling it the best session on this topic they’ve participated in.

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Technology Meetup - NPD BookScan

Technology Meetup - NPD BookScan (February 10, 2022)
Content related to the education session Technology Meetup - NPD BookScan, ABA Technology Meetups.
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Topic:
  • Operations
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  • Technology

NPD BookScan™ reporting retailers receive complimentary access to our Title & Bestseller service. Learn all about NPD BookScan and our flexible, intuitive web-based dashboard by attending the February 10th ABA Technology Meetup. In this one-hour session, you get an introduction to our tools, such as Basic Search, Bestsellers, Collections, and Graphing, to help you measure, predict, and improve performance.

Session Follow-up:

During this session, a question about how to report your online sales, specifically if you're using the IndieCommerce service came up.  The answer is yes, you should be reporting your online sales, from IC or any other ecommerce system.The IndieCommerce team has created a facility for exporting online sales data for IndieCommerce and IndieLite stores. Booksellers can find instructions for combining online and in-store sales here. IndieCommerce and IndieLite members will find the new option in the Admin menu under Store > Reports > New York Times Bestseller Report (this works for both BookWeb and New York Times). Detailed instructions for reporting all sales can be found here

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Technology Meetup - Open Conversation

Technology Meetup - Open Conversation (January 13, 2022)
Content related to the education session Technology Meetup - Open Conversation, ABA Technology Meetups.
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Topic:
  • Operations
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  • Technology

This Technology Meetup will not have any specific guest speakers. Instead, booksellers are invited to partake in an open conversation about the results of the feedback survey, the technologies that improve their business operations on a daily basis, and what they might look into during 2022.

A full transcription and closed captioning are available for this session. Please note that both are machine-generated and are not reviewed for accuracy.

Technology Meetup - Tips & Tricks for Better Product Photography

Technology Meetup - Tips & Tricks for Better Product Photography (November 11, 2021)
Content related to the education session Technology Meetup - Tips & Tricks for Better Product Photography, ABA Technology Meetups.
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During this session, ABA IndieCommerce Director Phil Davies and Marketing Manager Courtney Wallace will share tips, tricks, and best practices for creating better product photography.

A full transcription is available for this session. Please note that it is machine-generated and not reviewed for accuracy.

Technology Meetup - Staff Scheduling Platforms

Technology Meetup - Staff Scheduling Platforms (October 14, 2021)
Content related to the education session Technology Meetup - Staff Scheduling Platforms, ABA Technology Meetups.
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  • Operations
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  • Technology

This session features booksellers discussing what staff scheduling platforms they are using, what their process is, and useful tips.

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A full transcription and closed captioning are available for this session. Please note that both are machine-generated and are not reviewed for accuracy.

Technology Meetup - Batch for Books

Technology Meetup - Batch for Books (September 9, 2021)
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  • Operations
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  • Technology

Batch for Books is a web-based platform that bookstores can use to manage invoices across multiple publishers and streamline the payment management process. In this session, longtime veteran of the indie bookstore community and current Program Manager for Batch for Books U.S. Nathan Halter will present what Batch for Books is, how it works, and why it is a valuable tool, and he will provide a demonstration.

A full transcription and closed captioning are available for this session. Please note that both are machine-generated and are not reviewed for accuracy.

Roundtable: Industry & the Innovation of Nontraditional Stores

Roundtable: Industry & the Innovation of Nontraditional Stores (September 1, 2021)
Content related to the education session Roundtable: Industry & the Innovation of Nontraditional Stores, Children's Institute 2021.
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Topic:
  • Operations
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  • 101

Non-traditional bookstore models push against boundaries and challenge the industry’s perception of what a bookstore is. During this session, pop-ups, mobile bookstores, and other non-traditional models can share the inspiration for their format and how they utilize the assets bred from their innovation to leverage the market and influence their communities.

Roundtable: Planning In-Store Operations for the Holidays

Roundtable: Planning In-Store Operations for the Holidays (August 31, 2021)
Content related to the education session Roundtable: Planning In-Store Operations for the Holidays, Children's Institute 2021.
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Topic:
  • Operations
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  • Owners and Managers

It is no secret that 2021 holiday seasons will look different than they did in 2019 and 2020. During this discussion, booksellers can begin laying the groundwork for the in-store operations of their 2021 holiday seasons, which can include back to school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the 2021/2022 winter shopping season. Examples of ideas that may be discussed are shipping, staffing, in-store shopping, personal shopping, and appointment scheduling.

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