Stock on consignment is a concept that works really well if the
a. keeps great records.
b. looks after the stock.
c. sends regular statements (and payments)
d. doesnt expect too much margin.
a. provides quality equipment
b. manages stock levels
c. trusts the store manager!
d. doesnt expect to much margin.
I came across a hand craft store in Auckland a few years ago called... Craft World.. not too subtle but the whole of the stock was on consignment and the "business" provided registers, layby, security etc. in return for a percentage of sale. This place was HUGE and full of tourists/shoppers so Im sure everyone was winning.
As for the merits of opening a cafe/coffee shop in the "burbs" Ill let someone else with experiance answer that.