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4 Tips for Teaching Product Knowledge

November 4, 2015

With the holiday season underway, many retailers have expanded their staff to help with increased traffic. These part-time employees not only need a crash course in sales techniques and checkout procedures, they also need quick knowledge of the...

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Hot Paint Colors for 2016

November 4, 2015

Reconnecting with the senses appears to be a theme among the 2016 paint lines. Soothing neutrals, pops of color, and incorporation of bright white allow the consumer to create high-impact and thoughtful environments in which to play or...

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Encouraging a Fire Evacuation Plan

October 27, 2015

According to the National Fire Protection Association (www.nfpa.org), there were close to 370,000 residential fires resulting in close to 3,000 deaths in 2013.  Being prepared for the possibility of a home fire increases chances for survival...

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High End Plastic Ware for Tailgating

October 27, 2015

Tailgating doesn’t have to mean basic paper plates and red Solo cups. Plastic tableware has taken on a high-end look, bringing glamour to the tailgate or easy-cleanup refinement to the holiday table. Among the various products available...

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Going Batty

October 27, 2015

While the thought of bats flying around gives some people the creeps, bats are actually very beneficial. They control populations of unwanted insects, such as mosquitos, and some even help to pollinate plants. Unfortunately, the loss of...

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Promoting Easy-to-use Power Painters to DIYers

October 27, 2015

Paint is one of the easiest ways to drastically transform the look of a room; however, rollers and paint trays may be more than some customers want to mess with. Balancing a paint cup and brush while standing on a ladder, or making multiple...

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Add-Ons for Mason Jars

October 27, 2015

The humble Mason jar has experienced a resurgence in popularity, thanks in part to a renewed interest in home canning. Now, crafters and DIYers have adapted the jars to serve a wide variety of purposes. In response, the marketplace is offering a...

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October 27, 2015

October 27, 2015

27, The day in November expected to be one of the biggest shopping days of the 2015 holiday season, thanks to the many retailers vowing to be closed on Thanksgiving....

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4 Ways to Break Store Boundaries, Boost Community Recognition

October 27, 2015

Many retailers know the benefits of participating in community activities like joining the Chamber of Commerce, donating to local charities, or sponsoring local teams or events. However, operators who experience slower traffic or are located off...

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Beyond Canning: Trends in Food Preservation

October 27, 2015

In the 1970s, a back-to-the-land movement gained momentum. Today, a similar movement is happening among Millennials, albeit an updated version that relies on green urban living rather than a migration to rural areas. One of the trends to...

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