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Retail Management: Stock, Psychology and Security

Learn about the practical side to establishing your own retail store with this free online course in retail management.

Leadership and Management
Free Course
This free online retail management course will guide you through the essential skills you need for stock management, store layout and security. You will learn how to control your stock and products, how to install the right security for your store and how to hire a suitable team of staff. This course will take you through a detailed overview of the mechanisms behind a well-run retail outlet, so get started today.
  • Duration

    1.5-3 Hours
  • Assessment

  • Certification

  • Responsive

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First, you will be introduced to the importance of stock management and how to manage the input and output of products so that the correct amount is always in stock. You will be guided through the process of finding a location for your retail store, including the different types of location suitable for different kinds of retail outlets. Next, you will learn about the main concepts behind retail psychology and how they affect the recommended layout of your store.

You will learn research skills so that you can find the correct suppliers and most effective security measures for your store. It is very important to make sure that your retail outlet is supplied on time and with the best produce, and your security measures are adequate, so these research skills will be invaluable to you in the overall running of your store. Finally, you will be guided through assembling the correct staff for your store, and how to unite the team so that everyone will work together effectively. 

This course will take you through the practical concerns of setting up your store. You will learn about location, stock and how to supply and run the store with the best team of staff possible. In just a few hours you will have gained valuable skills that will stand to your position no matter what it is. Whether you are just beginning your retail career, have recently become a manager, or are looking into opening your own store, this course is for you. Why not start now?

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe how to find the right supplier for your store
  • Define what is meant by stock management
  • Compare the benefits and costs of choosing a location
  • Analyse ways to find the ideal store location
  • Discuss what is meant by retail psychology
  • List the different security measures available
  • Explain how to assemble a united team of staff
  • Outline how to deal with issues on your team
  • Describe how to deal with problems with the supplier


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