Well, the holidays are over and the stores had a very good year. My suppliers ran out of stock on Monday December 21st. That wasn’t bad because the bulk of the orders were done a few days before.
Next year, I am going to pre-order a whole bunch more products so I will have even more stock than my competitors. I made alot of customers happy this year because I kept some stock back until December 21st. Then I posted on my stores that I had them in stock and they would ship the same day. I also increased my price a little and make a decent profit on any type of expedited shipping. So some products that normally had a $20 profit were making $40-$50 instead.
Today, I was expecting a bunch of calls. Generally I expect to get calls about returns and exchanges and also wrong shipments. But I only had 2 returns, 1 wrong package sent and 1 lost package.
I have to start training someone else to take care of my stores because I am going out of the country and will have no internet or cell phone access. I’ll be going to Africa to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2 weeks. I was tempted to just shut the stores down during that time, but I would lose alot of revenue.