Retail Moneyball

Moneyball takes a look at how unconventional baseball statistics can make even the poorest of teams into winners.

In a way the sales summary spreadsheets I’ve been playing with could be looked upon as a kind of “retail Moneyball.” Retailers will tell you about the importance of add-on sales, of high average sales, of high transactions per hour. What I’m looking at are somewhat unconventional. Minutes per such-and-such. Trade dollars versus sales dollars. Even more esoteric stuff.

I thought this was a personal project for my own use. My supervisor likes the work I’ve done, thinks it would be a good idea if others used the same techniques as a way of understanding their stores better.

I really should write up some documentation on the spreadsheet array. It makes sense to me, but then I’m the one who put it together.

Will this project ever end?

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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