Spotlight Stories

Virtual Shopping

March 23, 2016

One of the hottest new technologies of 2016 is virtual reality, and developers are coming up with innovative ways to use the platform for more than just gaming. A recent CNET article showcased the use of VR in commerce applications, and noted...

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Best Time to do Remodeling Projects

March 9, 2016

Many consumers think that home remodeling projects should take place during warmer months. But according to a recent article by Angie’s List (, consumers can reap...

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Reducing Risk of Illness Through Pest Control

March 2, 2016

Mosquito-borne illnesses have been among the biggest international news stories recently. This news, coupled with the approaching peak mosquito season, means retailers should be prepared to offer their customers a range of mosquito and pest...

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Farm Safety

February 24, 2016

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (, farming remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Each year, serious injuries, and even deaths, occur. Fortunately, some injuries are preventable with the right...

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Living with Insects

February 10, 2016

When homeowners talk about bugs in their homes, most retailers automatically recommend various eradication products. However, in some situations, consumers aren’t seeking to eliminate insects, but rather to live symbiotically with...

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Addressing Security Concerns of Smart Homes

February 3, 2016

As the use of smart technology for the home continues to grow at a rapid pace, consumers are becoming more aware of the potential issues concerning the integration of technology into their everyday lives. Questions regarding the streamlining of...

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Kits for Kids

January 27, 2016

Winter is a great time to create a niche of activity kits for kids. Activity kits not only encourage parents to come into the store seeking projects for cabin-feverish kids, they also create an opportunity to teach important skills to the next...

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Shopping Habits of Millennials

January 20, 2016

In retail, there is just as much buzz about Millennial shoppers as there is about their older counterparts, the Baby Boomers. Much like the Boomers, Millennials are value-conscious, but they prefer to seek out coupons and discounts online...

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4 Book Recommendations for 2016

January 13, 2016

While a retailer’s job is never done no matter the season, winter is a great time to catch up on some much-needed reading. Below are four suggestions for wintertime reading that can give retailers insights into consumer behavior, growing trends...

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Indoor Winter Projects

January 6, 2016

It’s not surprising that after the holiday festivities, many consumers start thinking about home improvement, organization and decorating projects they can tackle while the weather is unforgivingly cold. Throughout the year, many people may...

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