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3 Steps for Creating a Handmade Niche

February 3, 2016

According to Nielsen, in 2015, Millennials preferred to purchase items that were handmade and locally sourced. Retailers can capitalize on the growing handmade movement, supported by one of the largest population segments and made popular by...

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New Trends in Kitchen Backsplashes

February 3, 2016

As the economy continues to move in a positive direction, consumer spending on home remodels is expected to increase. According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, the 2016 second-quarter’s percentage of spending...

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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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Hottest Pet Items from 2015

January 27, 2016

Many consumers consider their pets as close members of the family, and shopping behaviors reflect this sentiment. According to a 2015 Nielsen survey, close to 65 percent of those polled (a large percentage of whom were Millennials and GenXers)...

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Technology: Future Entry Point for Farmers

January 27, 2016

Agriculture has advanced exponentially over the last decade, and for farmers, this means staying current with the latest information and technologies in order to remain profitable. While advanced technologies may sound both intimidating as well...

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New Designs in Paint Containers

January 27, 2016

One of the easiest ways for homeowners to update the look of their home is through applying a fresh coat of paint. Occasionally, however, the thought of having to climb up and down ladders or continuously bend over to load a brush with paint...

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Black is the New Stainless Steel

January 27, 2016

For the past two decades, stainless steel appliances have been the popular design choice for kitchens, lending a professional look with refined appeal. There are competitors for this top spot, with the newest to market being black stainless...

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January 27, 2016

January 27, 2016

59, The percentage of people surveyed who said they have worked in retail, highlighting retail’s importance in the economy. https://nrf.com/news/survey-shows-most-americans-have-worked-retail 8.1, The percentage that the distribution of...

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Has Technology Gone too Far or Not Far Enough?

January 27, 2016

Based on the 2015 holiday numbers, more and more customers are going digital, using technology to do product research, compare prices, read reviews, find deals and shop. We’ve covered many ways retailers can use technology to reach out to...

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Consumers Have Their Eyes on the Skies with Drones

January 27, 2016

A September 2015 article at Fortune.com (http://fortune.com/2015/09/29/drones-holiday-sales/) reported that personal drone sales for the holiday season were projected to top over 1 million units. And while the numbers aren’t in at this time,...

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