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Headlines: January 24, 2017

January 24, 2017

6, The number of weeks of paid parental leave Starbucks will begin offering eligible employees. 10,000, The number of retail jobs Walmart plans to add in the next year. 1.3, The percentage that Target’s overall sales fell during November...

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Moveable Merchandising Allows for Experimentation

January 24, 2017

As most retailers know, one of the easiest ways to refresh slow-moving merchandise is by moving it to a new location. Large retailers often reset entire stores to boost sales. But, reshelving can take time. Fortunately, one Colorado retailer...

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Holiday Season in Review

January 24, 2017

The final numbers are in for the 2016 holiday shopping season and overall sales were healthy for most retailers. Below are a few highlights. Better than 2015: According to the National Retail Foundation, sales during the 2016 holiday season...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Retail Smarts – Customer Service

January 17, 2017

The Power of Appreciation January is National Thank You Month, which makes now the perfect time to give some appreciation to the customers who supported hardware retailers and home improvement centers through 2016 and a successful holiday season....

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Keeping Predators Away from Small Livestock

January 10, 2017

Ranches, farms and even urban homesteads are not immune from livestock predation. For those with smaller livestock, such as sheep, goats, poultry or rabbits, finding ways to keep predators away can be challenging. There are considerable types of...

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Latest in Pool Toys

January 10, 2017

For most in the Northern Hemisphere, January weather makes it difficult to think about summer fun in the pool, but now is the time for retailers to plan product inventories for hotter days. Here are three ideas to kick-start those summer...

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Popular Loose Bin Treats for Dogs

January 10, 2017

Dog treats don’t always come in a box or bag. Loose bin dog treats give consumers the option to buy the quantity they need, rather than a prepackaged amount. It also allows the consumer to mix and match treats to customize them to their dog’s...

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3 Products for Hardworking Hands

January 10, 2017

For anyone who works with their hands, keeping them clean and in good condition can be difficult. With skin barrier creams, proactively keeping hands clean is a much easier task. One of the products available for the job is True Effects™ Hand...

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Supplying Solar Products

January 10, 2017

As whole-home solar power continues to grow in interest and popularity, retailers who carry electric components for contractors and DIYers may want to consider carrying solar kits or some of the individual components needed for installing or...

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Headlines: January 10, 2017

January 10, 2017

150, The number of nonprofitable stores Sears announced it will close this year. 28,000, The number that jobless claims dropped after Christmas, marking unemployment rates at a 43-year low. 2, The number of labor law violations Menards...

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