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    • 20-Jun-2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    Managing your bookstore’s inventory effectively is crucial to the lifespan of your business since holding inventory is one of your biggest investments. Keeping the right inventory level is one of the key things to keeping your customers satisfied and your capital investment working for you. Knowing how to evaluate your stock and its 'efficiency' is one of the keys to successful retail. Stock turns are one of the crucial metrics that help shed light on your efforts to handle both your investment and your customer service.  

    So, what is a stock turn? How many ‘turns’ per year should you be aiming for? What does strong inventory management look like, and how can you leverage this to take your business to the next level? These are some of the questions you may ask yourself regarding managing your store's shelves.  Join Tim Middleton, BookNet Canada’s Product Manager, and take your first step to becoming an inventory wizard.

    In this session, you will learn how to:

    • identify how many stock turns your business is currently making each year, and how many you should aim for
    • recognize the 'dead' stock in your system, and make a plan for replacing it with items that will sell
    • create an effective replenishment plan so that you always have popular items on hand
    • study the turnover rate for different sections in your store

    Presenter: Tim Middleton, Product Manager, BookNet Canada

    • 25-Jun-2024
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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    For an object made up almost entirely of words, books are often better marketed in a visual format. In this virtual workshop, booksellers will learn the industry secrets of mobile photography, social media video tips, as well as design considerations for graphics, helping them drastically elevate their consumer marketing with the public. Led by Ariel Hudnall, the Managing Director of Zg Stories, Visual Marketing for Booksellers will reveal that it's not the tools you have, but how you use them: bring your mobile phone, your creative spirit, and a book you'd love to promote. 

    Presenter: Ariel Hudnall, Managing Director of Zg Stories

    Time listed is ET. 

    • 09-Jul-2024
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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    Do you have a burning question you’d like to ask a pro-bookseller? Here’s your chance to ask us anything! Join CIBA’s team of experienced bookseller mentors for a special summer program. There will be no formal presentation at these events – simply log on and ask all your burning questions!



    Mentor: Erin Dalton, owner of Huckleberry Books (BC)

    Bio: Erin Dalton has been the owner of her business for 10 ½ of its 52 years in operation. In Feb 2019, the store moved to a new location and underwent a full rebrand to Huckleberry Books – all the fun of opening her dream bookstore, without having to start a brand-new business from scratch. As “Bookmongers and Purveyors of Whimsy” they are very serious about maintaining a sense of fun around bookselling. Erin is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Independent Bookseller Association.

    Erin loves to talk about:

    • building and being an active part of a community, in both book-related and non-book ways
    • nurturing a sense of fun & whimsy in the store

    But you can ask her anything!

    Event time listed is ET.

    • 16-Jul-2024
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Register

    Do you have a burning question you’d like to ask a pro-bookseller? Here’s your chance to ask us anything! Join CIBA’s team of experienced bookseller mentors for a special summer program. There will be no formal presentation at these events – simply log on and ask all your burning questions!



    Mentor: Heather Kuipers, owner of Ella Minnow Children’s Bookstore (ON)

    Bio: Heather is the founder/owner of Ella Minnow since 2006. The east end storefront is a local hub and community destination Toronto folks looking for great books and a clever assortment of games and craft offerings. With a staff of four, they also do significant school business supplying libraries and running fundraising bookfairs. The bookstore also often serves as a front for Heather's kitten rescue! Heather is active in the Canadian bookselling community, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Independent Bookseller Association.

    Heather loves to talk about:
    • school book fairs 
    • school library sales as a hybrid neighbourhood store/wholesaler 
    • children's selling, special interest in social emotional learning, craft/maker, picture books 
    • Bookmanager GL use 
    • general bookselling 
    • kittens

    But you can ask her anything!

    Event time listed is ET.

    • 13-Aug-2024
    • 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Register

    Do you have a burning question you’d like to ask a pro-bookseller? Here’s your chance to ask us anything! Join CIBA’s team of experienced bookseller mentors for a special summer program. There will be no formal presentation at these events – simply log on and ask all your burning questions!


    Mentor: Chandler Jolliffe, owner of Cedar Canoe Books (ON)

    Bio: Chandler opened Cedar Canoe Books after a 10-year career in the tech industry. He's passionate about community engagement, children's literacy and education and promoting a love of reading. Chandler is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Independent Bookseller Association.

    Chandler loves to talk about:

    • Branding and Brand Messaging
    • Inventory Management
    • Merchandising 
    • Hand selling
    But you can ask him anything!

    Event time listed is ET.

Past events

23-May-2024 Data Demystified Part II: How to Sell Books You Don't Read
16-May-2024 Work Smarter, Not Harder: Social Media Management for Booksellers
02-May-2024 CIBA Discussion Group: Get the Most Out of Your CFIB Add-On
27-Apr-2024 Canadian Independent Bookstore Day
23-Apr-2024 Bookstore Events: Getting Creative and Building Community
16-Apr-2024 Data Demystified: A Gentle and Totally-Non-Intimidating Introduction to BNC SalesData
02-Apr-2024 Book Industry State of the Nation 2024
26-Mar-2024 Email Marketing for Bookstores: Tips for Success!
05-Mar-2024 CIBA Coffee Break: Share Your Feedback on Supplier Relations
27-Feb-2024 Ask the Bookseller: Browser Friendly Children’s Sections
20-Feb-2024 Publisher Picks: Spring Picks from Canadian Independent Publishers
06-Feb-2024 Ask the Bookseller: Organizing and Categorizing Your Stock
25-Jan-2024 New Stores, New Views: Booksellers Adapting, Engaging, and Thriving
23-Jan-2024 Publisher Picks: Spring Picks from Multinational Publishers
16-Jan-2024 CIBA Discussion Group: Shopify Best Practices
11-Jan-2024 CIBA Coffee Break: Connect with the CIBA Board and ED
03-Oct-2023 CIBA Brainstorm: Investing Your Support for Booksellers Funding
26-Sep-2023 Ring in the Holiday Sales with the Four Rs: Re-Up, Revisit, Resurrect, and Refine
21-Sep-2023 Lunch and Learn: Get a Handle on Digital Advertising
19-Sep-2023 No-cost and Low-cost Ways to Improve Accessibility in Your Store TODAY!
12-Sep-2023 CIBA Annual General Meeting
31-Aug-2023 CIBA Coffee Break: Connect with the CIBA Board and ED
29-Aug-2023 Publisher Picks: Fall Picks from Canadian Independent Publishers
28-Aug-2023 Canadian Publishers & CIBD 2024
24-Aug-2023 Publisher Picks: Fall Picks from Multinational Publishers
15-Aug-2023 ipage® Essentials: How to Save Time & Order Strategically Using ipage
01-Aug-2023 Ask Us ANYTHING! - CIBA Summer Mentor Series (Session 2)
20-Jul-2023 Ask Us ANYTHING! - CIBA Summer Mentor Series (Session 1)
11-Jul-2023 How to Create a Welcoming, Inclusive, and Safe Retail Space for 2SLGBTQI+ Customers
06-Jul-2023 Lectures & Labs: How to Keep Your Bookstore Cat Happy!
20-Jun-2023 Ask the Bookseller: What I Learned from Opening My New Bookstore
15-Jun-2023 Ask the Bookseller: Subscription Box Success Stories!
08-Jun-2023 Simple Strategies for Increasing Profits Using Sales Data
30-May-2023 CIBA Coffee Break: Connect with the CIBA Board and ED
24-May-2023 Ask the Bookseller: Demystifying Co-op
09-May-2023 Publishers: Maximize Your Success in the Indie Market
29-Apr-2023 Canadian Independent Bookstore Day
20-Apr-2023 Ask the Bookseller: Hiring, Training, and Retaining Staff
04-Apr-2023 New Bookstore Owners: Ask Us ANYTHING!
28-Mar-2023 ACP & CIBA Knowledge Exchange: Exploring the Evolving Role of Sales Reps
21-Mar-2023 Media Training for Booksellers: Interviews with Impact!
07-Mar-2023 CIBA Town Hall: Supplier Relations
28-Feb-2023 Ask the Bookseller: Successful School Relationships
16-Feb-2023 Penguin Random House Demonstration of the BIZ Portal
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26-Jan-2023 Publisher Picks: Spring Picks from Multinational Publishers
19-Jan-2023 Ask the Bookseller: Design Your Store for Discoverability
22-Nov-2022 CIBA Brainstorm: Investing Your Support for Booksellers Funding
18-Oct-2022 Ask the Bookseller: A Crash Course in Consignment
06-Oct-2022 LECTURES & LABS: Pre-Holiday Season Website Preparation
04-Oct-2022 Mythbusting with BookNet Canada: We Fight Anecdata and So Can You!
29-Sep-2022 STRATEGY SHARING: Curating and Ordering French-language Children’s Books
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20-Sep-2022 Publisher Picks: Fall Picks from Multinational Publishers
13-Sep-2022 CIBA Annual General Meeting
13-Sep-2022 Mythbusting with BookNet Canada: Forthcoming Canadian-authored Books Are Easy to Find!
23-Aug-2022 Ask the Bookseller: Planning for a Successful Holiday Season
18-Aug-2022 Using Consumer Insight Information to Do Better Business This Fall
16-Aug-2022 Ask Us ANYTHING! - CIBA Summer Mentor Series (Session 3)
26-Jul-2022 Ask Us ANYTHING! - CIBA Summer Mentor Series (Session 2)
12-Jul-2022 Ask Us ANYTHING! - CIBA Summer Mentor Series (Session 1)
28-Jun-2022 Publisher Picks: Summer picks from Canadian independent publishers (PART 2)
21-Jun-2022 Think local: Independent Canadian publishers and you
09-Jun-2022 Publisher Picks: Summer picks from Canadian independent publishers (PART 1)
02-Jun-2022 Publisher Picks: Summer picks from multinational publishers
31-May-2022 Mythbusting with BookNet Canada: Canadian Book Sales at Your Store
26-May-2022 Use your voice: Share feedback with publishers on the future of virtual and in-store events
19-May-2022 French-language books for young people: Publisher pitches (session 2)
17-May-2022 French-language books for young people: Publisher pitches (session 1)
05-May-2022 Lectures & Labs: Ask the bookseller – Effective sideline strategies
30-Apr-2022 Canadian Independent Bookstore Day
21-Apr-2022 Lectures & Labs: French-language books for young people - Part 1: Curating your stock of backlist titles
12-Apr-2022 Lectures & Labs: Ask the Bookseller - Ordering and replenishment
07-Apr-2022 Lectures & Labs: Overstock Returns, Dead Stock, and Inventory Reconciliation: Housekeeping Worth Your Time
06-Apr-2022 How to apply for the new Support for Booksellers grant program
05-Apr-2022 Lectures & Labs - Mythbusting session #2: You can use sales data information to identify emerging trends in the market
31-Mar-2022 CIBA Town Hall (for bookseller members)
15-Mar-2022 Enhance your gift and sideline business with the new Raincoast Distribution Group website
10-Mar-2022 Lectures & Labs: Flex your Facebook muscles!
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03-Feb-2022 Publisher Picks: Books for Young People (Independent Publishers)
03-Feb-2022 BookNet Canada presents: Emerging trends: Book subjects on the move in the Canadian market
01-Feb-2022 Publisher Picks: Books for Young People (Multinational Publishers)
27-Jan-2022 Publisher Picks: Books for Adults (Independent Publishers)
27-Jan-2022 BookNet Canada presents: I opened a bookstore in the pandemic!
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18-Jan-2022 Lectures & Labs: The Business of Returns
21-Oct-2021 Lectures & Labs @ Lunch series: Cookbooks & comics and graphic novels
07-Oct-2021 Lectures & Labs @ Lunch series: Indigenous literatures
23-Sep-2021 Lectures & Labs @Lunch series: Mysteries and Queer Literature
15-Sep-2021 DISCUSSION FORUM (children's booksellers): Create new readers for life
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09-Sep-2021 LECTURES & LABS: Handling Prepayments with Bookmanager
24-Aug-2021 LECTURES & LABS: Effective and timely ordering and reordering strategies for the fall and holiday seasons
20-Jul-2021 Discussion forum for booksellers: Tips for managing online orders
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15-Apr-2021 BookNet Canada Tech Forum: Book Industry State of the Nation 2021
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15-Oct-2020 CIBA bookseller welcome

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