Hand-me-Down gets a Pick-Me-Up
Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate bring Modern Technology to the Resale Industry
What makes Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate stand out in the resale franchise industry may be a surprise. These sister brands of BaseCamp Franchising are bringing the latest technologies and tools to an industry that has seen little change in the past decade. By providing a proprietary buying software and inventory management system, robust employee training and certification program, and cloud-based reporting tools, they are giving their franchisees the tools they need to manage stores more efficiently.
With over 100 Kid to Kid stores and 40 Uptown Cheapskate stores and growing, BaseCamp recognizes the importance of building consistency in pricing and customer experience across the system. To address this need, BaseCamp created a proprietary buying software dubbed IMAP (Inventory Management and Appraisal Program). “When we started this business I had a lot to learn about fashion – especially the ever changing landscape of women’s fashion,” said Scott Sloan, Founder of Uptown Cheapskate. “We needed a tool that would allow people from all walks of life and various fashion backgrounds to quickly learn how to accurately evaluate and price an item for sale in the store. With IMAP and its’ easy-to-use touch screen interface and built-in brand and pricing structure, even a novice can function like an expert.”
Unlike typical consignment, where you don’t get paid until your clothes sell, Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate pay cash on the spot for fashionable gently used clothes, gear, shoes and accessories. This makes for a more rewarding and streamlined experience for people that are looking to sell clothes they aren’t using. Training each ‘buyer’ to know what items will sell and what items won’t sell is essential to a healthy franchise operation. Before they can start buying, an employee must go through a rigorous certification program using BaseCamp Training Portal (BCTP). With hundreds of hours of buying, fashion, software, customer service, and loss prevention training built in, each employee is guaranteed to get a consistent training experience that is supplemented at the store level by hands-on guidance.
Finally, with cloud-based reports, franchise owners can efficiently manage inventory levels, product costs and pricing. These tools can also be accessed remotely, paving the way for store owners to manage multiple stores simultaneously.
“With five stores under management, and two more in development, my time is precious,” said Shannon Unger, Uptown Cheapskate and Kid to Kid Owner in Evans, Georgia. “BCTP allows me to leverage my time so that I can focus on managing the operation at a 30,000 foot view. The great tools, combined with the dedicated franchising support staff and proven systems, have allowed me to realize the true potential of the concept.”
Basecamp Franchising offers all Kid to Kid and Uptown Cheapskate owners industry-best support from a dedicated staff based in Salt Lake City, Utah. From site selection and store set up to grand opening and growing profits, the support team is there every step of the way.
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Phone: 801-359-0071 ext. 101