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Author Archives: Jesse Carleton

5 Ways to Start Business with Commercial Customers

If you’re looking for the next big business opportunity for 2019, the answer could be in commercial and industrial sales. Commercial customers may have specific needs that are a bit different from your regular customer base, but they can provide ... Read More »

Kids Get Creative at Bike Decorating Event

Just as adults like to show off their fancy cars, children love to show off their bicycles. Every year, Allan’s Home Hardware Building Centre in Cochrane, Ontario, gives them an opportunity to do that. The company’s Annual Bike Decorating Contest ... Read More »

Tips for Avoiding Charity Scams

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It’s the time of year when you might be getting lots of requests for donations. While you want to be as generous as possible, it’s also necessary to be wise with your resources and have a way for deciding who ... Read More »

5 Questions to Ask About Your Online Marketing

With the end of the year approaching, it’s a good time to look back over 2018 and think about what worked and what didn’t in your marketing strategy. An online presence has become increasingly important for businesses. If you have ... Read More »

Using Your Store’s Exterior to Get Customers Inside

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Jesse Carleton, jcarleton@nrha.org See, Stop, and Shop The brontosaurus standing in the outdoor garden center and poking its head above Beisswenger’s Hardware has become a landmark around New Brighton, Minnesota. ... Read More »

Creative Merchandising Roundup

Often, some of the best merchandising ideas you get are those from other people. Looking at what other retailers are doing can sharpen operations at your own store.  If you’re like most retailers, you are constantly looking for ideas. Throughout ... Read More »

2018 Do it Best Fall Market Emphasizes Category Growth

Independent home improvement retailers flooding the floor of the 2018 Do it Best Fall Market found the programs and retail solutions that are critical for helping them develop specific categories. The market, held Oct. 12-15 at the Indiana Convention Center ... Read More »

How Two German Garden Centers Stay Successful

While attending the garden show spoga+gafa in Cologne, Germany, in September, Hardware Retailing editor Jesse Carleton also had the opportunity to visit two garden centers in the area. These garden centers are exemplary in the way they merchandise their wares ... Read More »