Retail Consulting

PCI-DSS Compliance

PCI Security Standards are technical and operational requirements set by the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) to protect cardholder data. The standards apply to all entities that store, process or transmit cardholder data – with requirements for software developers and manufacturers of applications and devices used in those transactions. The Council is responsible for managing the security standards, while compliance with the PCI set of standards is enforced by the founding members of the Council: American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB, MasterCard and Visa Inc.

There are three ongoing steps for adhering to the PCI DSS:

Assess — identifying all locations of cardholder data, taking an inventory of your IT assets and business processes for payment card processing and analyzing them for vulnerabilities that could expose cardholder data.

Repair — fixing identified vulnerabilities, securely removing any unnecessary cardholder data storage, and implementing secure business processes.

Report — documenting assessment and remediation details, and submitting compliance reports to the acquiring bank and card brands you do business with (or other requesting entity if you’re a service provider).

Marketing

Retail and IT Consulting will assess your business health by looking at current and potential marketing opportunities including email marketing, loyalty programs, gift card sales and social media. We will design a program showing you what to measure and what the parameters are for your industry. We will implement the program by showing you what your risks and opportunities are, which reports to use with the program and how to grow your business using standard retail techniques. We will manage this program by offering ongoing consultation with a consulting subscription if desired.

  • Would you like an assessment of your current Marketing initiatives?
  • Are you interested in a program designed to increase your Marketing opportunities?
  • Do you want assistance in implementing new Marketing initiatives?
  • Would you like a partner to assist with ongoing Marketing opportunities?

Store Operations

Retail and IT Consulting will assess your business health by looking at store opening and closing procedures, and examining employee and customer theft risks and security risks. We will cover the accuracy of your quantities on-hand and cost data in your point of sale system. We will design a program showing you what t measure and what the parameters are for your industry. We will implement the program by showing you what your risks and opportunities are, which reports to use with the program and how to grow your business using standard retail techniques. We will mange this program by offering ongoing consultation with a consulting subscription if desired.

  • Would you like an assessment of your current Store Operations process?
  • Are you interested in an individual program for your Store Operations process?
  • Do you want a partner to help implement a new Store Operations process?
  • Would you like ongoing assistance in continuing with a Store Operations process?

Inventory Control

Retail and IT Consulting will assess your business health by checking various KPIs such as inventory value by category or department, turns, GMROI, and purchasing and receiving. We will design a program showing you what to measure and what the parameters are for your industry. We will implement the program by showing you what your risks and opportunities are, which reports to use with the program and how to grow your business using standard retail techniques. We will manage this program by offering ongoing consultation with a consulting subscription if desired.

  • Would you like an assessment of your current business health?
  • Are you interested in a program to better utilize Inventory Management techniques?
  • Do you want a partner to help implement an Inventory Management program?
  • Would you like ongoing assistance with your Inventory Management program?