Catholic Retailing Tips

Using the Right Tools For the Job

May 6, 2009

Over the years we have used a multitude of tools to build our online business. Some of those tools weren't quite as good as others. Over the past year we have settled on several programming and design tools that seem to be exactly what we need. xSQL Object - Since we have multiple developers working […]

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Want to Work at the Best Catholic Store?

April 22, 2009

Aquinas and More is hiring! For some reason, everyone in our fulfillment department has decided that they want to go to college / grad school so we are in great need of new team members. If you would like to be part of our team in order processing, shipping or receiving, please fill out our […]

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It's Amend the CPSIA Day!

April 1, 2009

If you haven't been keeping up with the craziness that is the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, you can get up to speed here. It reads like something that should be an April Fool's Day joke but it isn't. Today a rally featuring dozens of speakers is going on in DC to try and bring […]

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Are You a Destination Business?

March 31, 2009

In retail, a "destination business" is usually described as a business that people go to because they specifically want to go to that store as opposed to a business that people go to because it is convenient or on the way somewhere else. For example, a coin collecting shop is going to be a destination […]

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Help Fix the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)

March 27, 2009
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CPSIA First Communion Compliance - Where We Stand

March 26, 2009
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After numerous phone calls and emails to vendors we have come to the conclusion that most either don't care about compliance because not enough retailers are pressuring them or that they think they are exempt from the law. To date, we have received certification letters from seven vendors out of over 100 that we deal […]

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Why We Only Carry About 1% of the St. Anthony Messenger Catalog

March 24, 2009

Another winning new book: Latinas treat the sacred in ways that are similar to the ways we treat those we encounter every day: They converse with statues of saints and Mary, leave them flowers and light candles to persuade them to gain favor for us, and become angry when prayers are not answered. These everyday […]

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A Dentist and a Duck Walk into a Liquor Store...

March 18, 2009

Over the past few days I have experienced the power of synergy at several businesses who understand that businesses have complimentary skills that can improve everyone's business. The first was a local car wash called Quick Quack. The car wash features unlimited washes and vacuum for $13 a month which is great for us since […]

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If Amazon Takes the CPSIA Law Seriously, Shouldn't You?

March 11, 2009

Note from Amazon to its sellers: On March 14, 2009, Amazon.com will remove from our Toys and Baby categories approximately 2,500 ASINs for which we have not received certification of compliance with the lead and phthalates limits set by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (“CPSIA”) from the manufacturer. All seller offers against […]

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Senator Vitter Responds to CPSIA

March 10, 2009

Dear (Catholic store owner), Thank you for contacting me in favor of reforming the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue, and I agree with you. You may be pleased to know that I am an original cosponsor of a bill that would reform the Consumer Product […]

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