Canadian Retail Solutions Saves Greater Edmonton Area Retailer Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars With Winning@Retail™

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St. Albert, Alberta retail business Sublime Swim saves hundreds of thousands of dollars and streamlines operations using Winning@Retail™, a business and inventory planning system administered by Canadian Retail Solutions.

Lynn Carolei and her daughter have been running Sublime Swim, a high-end swim and sun wear retailer, in St. Albert since March of 2003. During that time, Sublime Swim has become the go-to store for greater Edmonton area residents for their needs when they’re jetting off to southern locations for the winter or heading to the lake in summer.

Challenges that Carolei knew would need an expert touch began arising in the business last year. It was then that she turned to Canadian Retail Solutions (CRS) to see if there was a solution that could help her business report its inventory, profit, loss and other important numbers in a way she could use to get her business back on track. CRS, who had been managing Sublime Swim’s POS systems since 2005, suggested Management One’s Winning@Retail™ program.

The Winning@Retail™ Solution
Winning@Retail™ isn’t just another computer program that you buy to analyze your numbers and print off meaningless reports. To start with, the reports that it offers are easy to understand, and available in real-time for a true aerial view of any business. Secondly, the system comes with a monthly consultation with your Winning@Retail™ consultant, who is certified with the program by Management One, the developers of the program. These people aren’t just talking heads who can answer tech support questions; they come equipped with years, sometimes decades of experience in retail management and they’ll help you plan a course for your business that will lead to success, not more stress.

Winning@Retail™ and CRS Save Sublime Swim Money, Improves Business
After only a year of working with the Winning@Retail™ system, Lynn Carolei reports that they have not only saved hundreds of thousands of dollars through implementing changes to purchasing and other measures, but have made other important improvements and changes to the business as a direct result of the program.
“Sublime approached us in the early days of our working with Winning@Retail™ looking for a system that would help their cash flow, a system that would help them better understand where their inventory comes from and where it’s going to, and affecting that flow. I’m very, very happy to say in the year or so that we’ve been working with Sublime the improvement is not only their cash flow, but their understanding of what their store is all about.”
-Scott Smith, Principal, Canadian Retail Solutions

When asked what the biggest changes she noticed since implementing the program were, Lynn replied that she can now sleep at night without concerns about outstanding bills, having too much or the wrong inventory on the floor, and knowing exactly what her ROI and profits are at any given moment.

Lynn describes her experiences with Winning@Retail™ as “amazing” in this blog post, where she describes exactly how Sublime Swim saved money, time, and improved its processes using Winning@Retail™.

Canadian Retail Solutions has been providing point-of-sale systems and inventory control software to Canadian business owners since 1991. Unwavering dedication to quality, integrity, and personalized client service has helped it steadily increase its client base of small to mid-sized Canadian retailers operating in single or multi-store environments.

Sublime Swim & Sunwear has been providing high-end swim, beach and resort wear to the greater Edmonton area for the past ten years.

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