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3 Counterpoints to the ‘Retail Apocalypse’

retail apocalypse

Many news reports suggest retail is headed for its ultimate demise, and it’s often referred to as the “retail apocalypse.” With the news of store closures, bankruptcies and layoffs coming almost daily, that’s an easy conclusion to come to. However, ... Read More »

NFIB Event Shines Spotlight on Small Business

small business

The Indiana arm of National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) hosted its 2018 Small Business Day at the Capitol event in Indianapolis on Feb. 21. The event drew NFIB members from across the state to hear economic analysis, an overview ... Read More »

D.C. Businesses Welcome Community Members, Provide Unique Goods

community

In major cities around the world, many consumers are looking for a sense of community and belonging. To help their customers along, many independent retailers are using their businesses to create an inviting space for like-minded people to gather. One ... Read More »

NRHA’s Succession Planning Study Is Now Available

Succession Planning Study

The North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) has released its Succession Planning Study. Succession planning is an ongoing challenge for retailers who do not have a successor in place or have not prepared a step-by-step exit plan for themselves before ... Read More »

Home Depot Sees Sales and Earnings Increase in 2017

Home Depot

The Home Depot’s sales and and net earnings rose in the last quarter of 2017, as well as during the full fiscal year. The company released its financial results Feb. 20, reporting $23.9 billion in sales for 2017’s fourth quarter, ... Read More »

Lowe’s Adapts Virtual Reality Tool to Train Workers

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Lowe’s has been testing in-store virtual reality experiences for customers, and now it is using the technology for employee training. The company has reimagined the consumer version of the tool, Holoroom How To, for workers, called Holoroom How To: Red ... Read More »

Less Than 2 Weeks Left to Submit Young Retailer of the Year Nominations

young retailer of the year

There are just a few days left to submit your nomination for the 2018 Young Retailer of the Year program before the Feb. 28 deadline! Now in its 22nd year, the Young Retailer of the Year program highlights the accomplishments ... Read More »

Home Remodeling Spending to Increase in 2018

home remodeling

Homeowners are expected to spend nearly $340 billion on residential repairs and renovations in 2018, according to recent data from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The organization released the latest Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA), which ... Read More »