Operations & Finances: Intro to ABACUS: The Independent Bookstore's Benchmarking Report

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Friday, June 28, 2019 9:15 AM to 10:15 AM EDT

The ABACUS benchmarking report is designed to provide easy-to-understand guidelines for identifying independent bookstore business performance improvement opportunities. If you have never participated in the survey and would like to learn more about reporting to ABACUS-19, which will open in spring 2020, this session will teach you:

  • The importance of reporting to ABACUS
  • Information you need to prepare to complete the report
  • Best practices from booksellers who reported their store's numbers to the 2018 ABACUS
  • Actionable steps to take when you return home to prepare for ABACUS-19
Dan Cullen, ABA (White Plains, NY); Sarah Hutton, Village Books (Bellingham, WA); Tina Ferguson, Face in a Book (El Dorado Hills, CA); Andy Perham, Books Inc. (San Francisco, CA)

About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.


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