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December 11, 2023 • Issue 23:12:01

Cash advance, a boon to small retailers in December

By Elie Y. Katz
National Retail Solutions (NRS)

The holiday season is both an exciting and challenging time for small store owners. This period typically brings a surge in customer traffic, necessitating additional stock and often extra staff. However, the financial demands of these preparations can be daunting, especially for smaller establishments operating with limited cash flow. An accessible, swift financial solution is crucial for small retailers to maximize the potential of the holiday rush. Retail success hinges on agility and the ability to respond to market demands. Fast, flexible funding solutions are essential, providing these merchants the requisite support to flourish during the highly competitive holiday shopping season.

The season can also bring with it unexpected expenses. Access to quick funding is critical, whether it's an urgent need for advertising, emergency repairs or a quick inventory boost. Often finding lengthy loan application processes burdensome, many small retailers may need more practical solutions than traditional bank loans. Alternative funding options that offer speed and flexibility can be a game-changer for them. And as a reader of The Green Sheet, it's likely you already have alternative funding options in your suite of products and services. But have you mentioned to your customer base how useful they can be at this time of year?

Cash advance mechanics

As many of you know, cash advance funding can be a lifeline for small retail businesses needing quick capital. Unlike conventional loans, a cash advance provides a lump sum repaid through a percentage of future sales. This repayment method is flexible and adapts to the store's sales performance. Importantly, this type of funding often does not require a high credit score, making it a viable option for businesses still building their credit history or recovering from past financial challenges.

What makes cash advances particularly appealing is their simplicity and speed. The application process is straightforward and expedient, enabling businesses to access funds promptly, sometimes within a day or two. Additionally, as cash advances are not traditional loans, they do not appear as debts on business financial statements, potentially benefiting the retailer's financial profile.

Cash advance during the holidays

For small retail store owners, quickly responding to market demands during the year-end holidays is crucial. Cash advance funding comes as a boon during these critical periods, allowing businesses to meet urgent financial needs swiftly.

Whether it’s stocking up on inventory to meet increased consumer demand or managing sudden expenses, cash advances offer the necessary financial backing without the typical delays. This immediacy can be pivotal in leveraging the holiday rush and securing essential sales opportunities, keeping businesses competitive and profitable.

The ease of access and flexibility inherent in cash advance funding makes it an attractive option for many small retailers during the holidays. This is particularly true for those who may find traditional loan acquisition challenging. The application process is often less cumbersome, bypassing extensive documentation and rigorous credit checks typical of conventional loans.

Strategic utilization for holiday success

Employing a cash advance judiciously requires careful planning, especially for holiday-specific investments like decorations and special promotions. Independent retailers who create a festive atmosphere can significantly increase customer traffic and sales. With the strategic use of cash advance funding, retailers can ensure they have the necessary capital to invest in quality decorations and marketing efforts that make their stores more appealing during the holiday rush.

With the year-end holiday season now in full swing, financial support can make all the difference. Cash advance funding offers a practical and timely solution, enabling small retailers to embrace the season's opportunities confidently. It's more than just a financial lifeline; it's a stepping stone toward a thriving and prosperous holiday season. The ability to adapt and grow during the holiday season is vital for the small independent retailers. Cash advance funding is not just about financial support; it's about empowering small businesses to seize their moment and shine.

So check in with your merchant customers. Some may be too busy to return your call or text, but for others, a reminder of the benefits of a cash advance may be just the thing they need to accelerate their sales and amplify their success as 2023 comes to a close. end of article

Elie Y. Katz is founder, president and CEO at National Retail Solutions (NRS), https://nrsplus.com. Contact him by phone at 201-715-5179 or by email at ekatz@nrsplus.com.

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