Spotlight Stories

Turn Kids into Gardeners

June 28, 2016

Among the various government and social initiatives of the past decade, getting kids to eat healthfully and be more active has been high on the priority list. One way some experts believe this can be achieved is though getting kids involved in...

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Holiday Prep: Father’s Day and Fourth of July

June 14, 2016

With Fathers’ Day right around the corner, and Fourth of July following soon after, retailers are looking to make the most out of attracting customers to their stores. According to Hardware Retailing magazine, over two billion dollars are spent...

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Selling Non-GMO Products

June 7, 2016

There are often heated debates among various scientific, corporate and political groups about the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), leading many consumers to be wary of purchasing any products that may contain GMO material, including...

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DIY Backyard Ponds

May 31, 2016

The use of water in landscape design has been popular for quite some time. The sound of a bubbling fountain or recirculating stream can not only soothe stressed nerves after a long day, but can help mask irritating noises coming from external...

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Wedding Registries

May 24, 2016

June is known as the month for weddings and by May, the planning and preparation for most weddings is well underway, including wedding registries. Traditionally, wedding registries have fallen under the purview of the bride; after all, gifts were...

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3 Tips for Outdoor Equipment Maintenance

May 11, 2016

With spring fully underway, consumers will be looking for ways to make their outdoor fixtures and equipment last through the heavy use they will get in the summer and fall. Below are some suggestions and tips to pass along to help customers get...

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Is Amazon’s “Easy Button” Changing Purchasing?

April 27, 2016

Product purchasing just got a little easier for consumers, and that may or may not be a good thing for some brick-and-mortar retailers. Roughly a year ago, Amazon came out with the Dash, a WiFi-enabled “smart button” that would place an...

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Will 3D Printing Affect Sales?

April 13, 2016

Three-dimensional printing has become one of the hottest new technology areas. Both corporations and individuals have gravitated toward utilizing 3D printers and pens for creative projects, prototyping, and manufacturing. So what does this...

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Safety Gear for Construction

April 6, 2016

According to a recent article in Construction Dive (, 2015 witnessed an increase in construction site injuries and deaths in some areas of the country,...

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Sprucing Up Flowerpots for Spring

March 30, 2016

Spring is a strong season for lawn and garden sales, but some customers may not be seeking to replace lawn and garden items like their favorite flowerpots. Instead, they may need advice from local retail experts on how to clean, freshen, and...

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