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Learn about In­de­pen­dent Re­tailer Month

Big Box stores like Wal­mart and Tar­get are cer­tainly con­ve­nient, of­fer­ing so much of the things we need in one place, and the prices they of­fer can’t be beat. How­ever, there is a sec­tion of our lo­cal com­merce that brings us a lo­cal fla­vor, a taste of home, and makes sure that your pur­chases re­ally sup­port your lo­cal com­mu­nity. In­de­pen­dent Re­tail­ers are our neigh­bors, friends, and fam­ily, whether they’re run­ning the cor­ner store pro­vid­ing gas to keep us on the move, or lo­cal craftsman who bring us the best in cheeses and hand­crafted furniture, In­de­pen­dent Re­tailer Month re­minds you to help sup­port them to sup­port your com­mu­nity.

His­tory of In­de­pen­dent Re­tailer Month

In­de­pen­dent Re­tailer Month was es­tab­lished by Clare Rayner, known through­out the world as “The Re­tail Cham­pion” to help get lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties work­ing with their lo­cal re­tail­ers to help keep lo­cal money lo­cal. There’s been a lot of loss of cul­ture and com­mu­nity through­out the years as big box com­pa­nies move in and start driv­ing the smaller com­pa­nies out of busi­ness. With­out be­ing able to deal in the sheer va­ri­ety of prod­ucts and ser­vices, and to pur­chase in the sheer quan­ti­ties they do and thus get­ting bet­ter prices, the in­de­pen­dent re­tail­ers are in a sig­nif­i­cant amount of trou­ble.

The only way for them to sur­vive is with the sup­port of their com­mu­nity, and the loy­alty of these peo­ple to their lo­cal busi­nesses. Since the cre­ation of In­de­pen­dent Re­tailer Month, millions of dol­lar in rev­enue have been re­turned to lo­cal busi­nesses as peo­ple start shop­ping lo­cally and dis­cov­er­ing the home­town feel you get from shop­ping with your friends and neigh­bors. In­de­pen­dent Re­tailer Month is your op­por­tu­nity to get in and sup­port your lo­cal com­mu­nity, the dream of small busi­ness is still alive and well, even with big box stores try­ing to squash it out of ex­is­tence.

On­line shop­ping can be bad for your feet

(NC) On­line shop­ping is soar­ing in pop­u­lar­ity in Canada as more and more of us dis­cover the con­ve­nience of hav­ing our pur­chases de­liv­ered di­rectly to our door. How­ever, when it comes to footwear, foot ex­perts say you need to ap­proach on­line shop­ping with cau­tion. “To be ef­fec­tive and com­fort­able, footwear needs to fit prop­erly,” ex­plains An­thony Harper, a Canadian cer­ti­fied pe­dor­thist and pres­i­dent of the Pe­dor­thic As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada. “Ill-fit­ting shoes can cause nu­mer­ous prob­lems in­clud­ing bunions, ham­mer­toes, blis­ters and ul­cer­a­tions as well as bal­ance is­sues. Only a pro­fes­sional shoe­fit­ter who is able to see and mea­sure your foot can ac­cu­rately rec­om­mend the most ap­pro­pri­ate type and size of footwear for you.”

Although some on­line re­tail­ers pro­vide a siz­ing guide, Harper says these guides tend to be very gen­eral and can vary greatly from one shoe com­pany to an­other. Eval­u­at­ing how one man­u­fac­turer fits com­pared to an­other is valuable when choos­ing the right shoe. As deal­ing with returns is a nui­sance and time­con­sum­ing, some shop­pers keep the footwear even when it doesn’t fit prop­erly, caus­ing them to squeeze into shoes that are too tight or use insoles or thick socks to im­prove the fit of shoes that are too large.

“If shoes don’t fit com­fort­ably, you shouldn’t wear them,” warns Harper. “In my clinic, I’ve seen many pa­tients who are deal­ing with painful con­di­tions that have been caused or ex­ac­er­bated by in­ap­pro­pri­ate or ill-fit­ting footwear. Although we are usu­ally able to help ease their pain, in some cases the pain could have been avoided en­tirely.”

When it comes to footwear, he ad­vises saving on­line shop­ping for shoes you’ve al­ready had suc­cess with and would like to or­der an­other pair. For your ev­ery­day needs, visit a lo­cal shoe re­tailer in your com­mu­nity and have your feet prop­erly mea­sured. If you are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing on­go­ing foot pain, he rec­om­mends con­sult­ing with a Canadian cer­ti­fied pe­dor­thist.

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