Your greeting card store is your pride and joy—the culmination of years of hard work and a tremendous financial investment. While your greeting cards and other gifts are designed mostly for celebratory occasions, as a business owner you can’t avoid the reality that bad things happen.
Greeting card stores face some unique risks. Customers can get injured on your premises, products you sell can injure someone, and your building and inventory can be damaged by fire, severe weather, theft, or vandalism.
The only way to ensure that you can repair, rebuild, and continue to operate in these situations is to purchase business insurance designed for greeting card stores. That means talking to an independent insurance agent about purchasing a comprehensive set of policies and endorsements that directly address all of your unique risks.
Why Do I Need Greeting Card Store Insurance?
If an unexpected event causes some kind of damage to your business, your greeting card store insurance is there to help you recover. Consider all of the things that could go wrong (and result in serious repair costs, loss of income, or a lawsuit) during the course of your workday.
- Accidents, such as slips, trips, and falls in the store or parking lot
- Damage to your inventory (cards and paper products, stuffed animals, artwork, and collectibles that are particularly susceptible to fire, smoke, and water) due to some catastrophic or unexpected event (fire, smoke, weather, vandalism, etc.)
- Inventory damage due to careless shoppers (a customer knocks down a display case full of collectibles) or vandalism (intentional destruction of inventory by an individual or group)
- Damage to your building, computer systems, fixtures, and furniture due to fire, smoke, water, or weather
- Loss of income due to a catastrophic or unexpected event (a fire damages part of your store, forcing you to close while repairs are made)
- Shoplifting and employee theft of cash or inventory
- Selling faulty products (improperly labeled products that present a child choking hazard or allergy hazard)
- Employee injuries (falling off a ladder, back injury due to heavy lifting)
- Employee lawsuits related to discrimination or other claims
What Does Greeting Card Store Insurance Cover?
Greeting card store insurance should cover physical damage to your building or property, as well as your responsibility to financially compensate any customers or members of the public that get injured on your property or as a result of buying something from you.
In order to get the comprehensive coverage you need, you’re likely to need to purchase several basic policies, as well as a few customized endorsements (add-ons to basic policies) or additional policies that fill any gaps in your basic coverage.
- Commercial property insurance: Helps you rebuild or make repairs when an unexpected event—like a fire, a flood, hail, lightning, or a tornado—destroys your merchandise and your physical space (structure). It helps you replace, rebuild, or repair computers, cash registers, inventory, equipment, furniture, fixtures, and more after a covered event.
- Business interruption coverage: Compensates for lost business income and pays for operating expenses if you must temporarily close after a covered loss (e.g., a fire damages your stockroom and part of the sales floor, and you must close your store during the rebuilding process).
- Commercial general liability (CGL) coverage: Covers claims against your business due to negligence on the part of you or your employees. If someone is injured on your premises or as a result of your operations, your CGL policy pays for medical expenses or repair bills for the injured party. If a customer sustained a deep laceration from a sharp edge on a greeting card display, your CGL policy would pay for related medical expenses. Or, if an employee collecting shopping carts in the parking lot accidentally hit a customer’s car and caused damage, your CGL policy would pay for any related repair bills. If you are sued, liability insurance pays for your legal defense, court costs, and any settlements or judgments that you must pay.
You may be able to bundle your basic property and liability coverage together into a packaged policy (business owners policy, or BOP) designed for small business owners.
Other Important Greeting Card Store Insurance To Consider
You’ll probably need additional endorsements (add-ons) to your business insurance policies or additional stand-alone policies that offer coverage for situations that are excluded from coverage or not sufficiently covered under your basic property and liability policies.
- Commercial umbrella insurance provides excess liability protection to any of several other policies you might have. If a customer injury in your store leads to an expensive lawsuit that exceeds the limits of your commercial general liability policy, your commercial umbrella policy kicks in with higher coverage limits.
- Commercial auto insurance ensures that you’ll be able to pay for any physical damage or injuries you cause if you are in an auto accident while driving for business purposes. If you have a business-owned vehicle that you use for running errands, making deliveries, or for other business purposes, you will be covered by your commercial auto policy if you cause an accident.
- Workers’ compensation insurance is typically required for any business that has employees. It pays for lost income and medical expenses for employees who are injured on the job. Greeting card store employees could be injured while stocking shelves, or opening boxes with a sharp box cutter, or by repetitive motion.
- Sign coverage pays for damage to outdoor signs that are not attached to your building when the damage is caused by weather, vandalism, fire, etc.
- Utility interruption coverage provides income protection if you are unable to operate due to a covered utility (water, electrical) interruption.
- Employment practices liability insurance covers you if an employee sues you for discriminatory employment practices.
Don’t Forget about Crime Coverage
Theft of inventory or cash is one of the most significant threats to your greeting card store. Nearly every retail store is likely to be the victim of a shoplifter at some point. What’s more, employees all too often steal property, money, and securities owned by their employers.
For a small greeting card store, even a small cash theft can be difficult to overcome. Crime coverage protects your business from vandalism, shoplifting, and employee theft and dishonesty.
It can be purchased as a stand-alone policy or as an endorsement to another business insurance policy. It covers things like vandalism, theft, and shoplifting, as well as employee acts like forgery, alteration, unauthorized electronic fund transfers, credit card fraud, and more.
How Much Does Greeting Card Store Insurance Cost?
The cost to cover your greeting card store with a comprehensive business insurance program will vary depending on:
- The size of your store
- Your store’s location
- The number of employees you have
- The types of products you sell
- The value of your inventory
- The types of coverage and the coverage limits that you require
- The crime and weather risk in your city
Find and Compare Quotes
An independent insurance agent can work with you one-on-one to determine the types and amounts of coverage you need. Your agent can get quotes from multiple insurance companies so you can evaluate the cost and coverage options and make the best choice.
Benefits of an Independent Agent
Our agents simplify the search process for finding the right greeting card store insurance. They’ll walk you through some handpicked policy options and explain the details and options.
Most importantly, they’ll be there for you when claim time comes. They know the ins and outs of the process and will make sure your claim is handled appropriately.
The Lowdown on Online Quotes
Online quotes can be tempting. They are fast and easy to get—but are they accurate? And are you getting quotes for the right coverage? For business owners, choosing speed over accuracy can cost you.
Online quotes can’t and don’t see the whole picture. They can leave out important coverage that will leave you devastated if something unexpected happens. And they can leave out cost-saving opportunities that an agent can help you take advantage of.
Instead of getting an online quote, find an independent insurance agent now, and get one-on-one consultation and affordable options for the best coverage for your unique needs.