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Headlines: December 7, 2016

December 7, 2016

600,000, The number of duck boots that L.L. Bean is projected to sell this year, proving the boots’ return to popularity. 21, The number of years the current Home Depot CFO has served the company. See an interview showcasing her love for...

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SPECIAL REPORT: Retail Smarts – Professional Development

November 15, 2016

Most retailers understand that staff trained in product knowledge, sales techniques and project solutions provide better customer service and can positively impact the store’s bottom line. Yet, according to the North American Retail Hardware...

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Using Color to Sell Products

October 25, 2016

Color is a powerful merchandising tool. According to the Color Marketing Group, colors help products sell and can even determine price points. So how can retailers take advantage of the power of color to sell more products in store? By using colors...

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Headlines: September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016

8.4 billion, The amount of money Americans are expected to spend on Halloween this year. 6 billion, The dollar amount in swipe fee protections afforded to consumers and retailers by the Dubrin Amendment that is now at risk of being rolled back...

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How Retailers Can Take Advantage of Popular Online DIY Sites

September 7, 2016

As more consumers turn to the Internet for how-to advice and instructions for do-it-yourself projects, retailers have a unique opportunity to capitalize on the phenomenon. While your store may run the occasional workshop, utilizing online DIY...

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Headlines: August 30, 2016

August 30, 2016

10, The number of J.C. Penney Co. stores out of 1000 that aren’t making money, leaving the turnaround company to anchor many malls while Macy’s and Sears close stores in large numbers. 84, The percentage of 2000 parents surveyed by BabyCenter...

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Promoting Contractors is a Win-Win for Retailers

August 23, 2016

Most retailers rely on some level of contractor business, whether through a lumberyard that caters to builders or by supplying a handful of local tradespeople with parts and products they need to complete their work. No matter the percentage of...

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Headlines: August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016

30, The number of Wal-Mart stores affected by historic flooding in Louisiana, forcing the company’s emergency operations center to find ways to keep supply lines open and operations going despite the catastrophe. 400, The percentage of...

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3 Tips for Boosting Housewares Sales

August 10, 2016

As the lawn and garden and outdoor living categories slow heading into fall, retailers may want to shift their focus to the housewares department. Below are three tips for boosting sales in the category from three retailers who have had success...

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The Wal-Mart Effect and the Home Improvement Industry

July 27, 2016

Wal-Mart has a history of running mom-and-pop stores and specialty shops out of business. But, as Charles Fishman, author of The Wal-Mart Effect and keynote speaker at the NRHA All-Industry Conference and 2016 National Hardware Show®, pointed out...

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