Business Expert & Sportsman, Outdoor Sporting Goods Industry
Jim has been a huge part of our success as a sporting goods dealer. When we opened 9 years ago Jim believed in us and gave us solid advice on product mix and inventory levels. Jim always had our best interest in mind. Jim will be a huge asset to any company!- Joe Miller, owner Woodbury Outfitters Inc.
Top qualities: Great Results, On Time, High Integrity
Very few people can be recommended with complete confidence. Jim Slohm is one of the few! Whatever your need in the outdoor sporting goods business, Jim’s years of well-rounded experience will be an asset. Whether retail, manufacturing, distribution or sales & marketing counsel, he is the can-do guy worth reaching out to, getting to know.- Ken Hammond, CEO, The Hammond Group
It has been my pleasure to work closely with and benefit, in so many ways, from Jim’s expertise and friendship over many years. He is an exceptional talent!
It's hard to say enough good stuff about Jim. He's probably one of the best distribution science guys out there. Very astute about distribution dynamics as well as the inner workings of both his and his customer's businesses. Very customer focused, very knowledgeable, very strategic in his thoughts and ideas. And so damn likeable!- Tom Ashby, Owner, American Legacy
Great guy, great knowledge, great skillset. Definitely a class act.
Independent Retail Stores
The outdoor sporting goods business can be a rewarding and exciting business, especially if you have a passion for those sports. However, the recent economic climate has impacted even the most successful of retailers. This is a good time to take a hard look at your business, cut out the fat, streamline, and take advantage of opportunities that may be available to you.
Over the last 25 years, I have experienced and survived the business cycles and evolution of the outdoor sports business. My expertise can be invaluable in helping you to be successful now and position you for outstanding success in the future.
Lower Operations Costs:
Many retailers are stuck with obsolete, legacy, or just plain inappropriate operations policies, procedures, and practices. These can drain money out of your business without you even being aware of it.
From time to time, it is highly beneficial to take a hard look at how you run your business. There are likely to be many opportunities to streamline your operations, reduce costs, increase customer satisfaction, minimize internal friction, and just plain make your business run far more smoothly. The money you save drops right to your bottom line. Plus, you simply enjoy your business more when it is running smoothly.
It is not uncommon to see increased profits of at least 15% by reviewing and then modifying your operations as appropriate.
Increase profits by optimizing your supply chain to meet your exact needs. Many retailers are happy just to have reliable suppliers. Unfortunately, many do not realize that the mix of manufacturers, distributors, and retail buying groups they are using may be costing them money. As a result, they are missing out on profits that could be generated if their supply chain were to be optimized.
Your business is unique – with your own unique business profile. I will take the time to know your business, and then identify the manufacturers, distributors, and retail buying groups that best fit your business profile. I can develop relationship for you with these organizations.
In my experience, a typical retailer can improve their profit picture by up to 20% by getting the best mix of companies in their supply chain.
Exploit and Maximize Co-op Advertising:
Get the most out of the available co-op advertising opportunities. Co-op advertising can be confusing. It isn’t always clear how to claim your fair share. And, sometimes there are monies available for you that you don’t even know about. You want to maximize the co-op advertising monies you receive, and you don’t want to leave money on the table.
As my client, I will aggressively pursue co-op advertising with your suppliers. I know how to ask for additional monies that can be made available and will negotiate to get the best possible deal for your business.
Many retailers can realize a 10% profit increase in certain categories by maximizing their co-op advertising opportunities. Almost every retailer can do better at improving their co-op income. I can help!
Lower personnel turnover and improve management by hiring the best available personnel. Finding, hiring, and retaining top employees, from the retail floor to the manager level, can be difficult, time consuming and frustrating. Then, if you hire someone who eventually doesn’t work out, you have lost time and money.
Top talent can make even a marginal business succeed Poor talent can sink even the best business. Let me make sure you have top talent working for you.
I am a trained and experienced interviewer. I can vet potential employees, find top managerial talent, and develop procedures by which you can hire dependable floor level personnel.
I invite you to schedule an appointment with me to discuss your business.There is no obligation or agenda. I have no “canned” program - each of my clients is unique and the services I provide them are custom to meet their needs. Together, we can determine how I may be able maximize your business success.
I look forward to hearing from you to discuss your business.
Phone: (937) 436-5202 (Eastern US Time Zone)