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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 »

Build Your Own Chalkboard Stack Displays

At Petersburg Hardware, store manager Eric Smith needed new merchandising displays for large quantities of feed, so he decided to build his own. Use this step-by-step guide to build your own stack displays with attached chalkboard signage to call attention ... 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 »

An Inside Look At Cole Hardware’s Window Displays

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For decades, window displays have been a staple of many downtown retailers’ marketing strategies. For some retailers, windows are a place to put their best and newest merchandise on display so passers-by will window shop and hopefully come inside. Other ... Read More »

10 Reasons to Scope Out Your Competitors

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. Do you know what your big-box competitors are up to? What are they good at? What don’t they do well? Regularly visiting other retail outlets should be part of your competitive strategy ... Read More »

Impulse Merchandising Tactics That Drive Sales

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Jesse Carleton, jcarleton@nrha.org Hard to Resist One of the key performance indicators for a retail business is average transaction size or sales per customer. Do you know what that number is for ... Read More »

Creating a Space to Let Children Play

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Mills County General Store and Ace Hardware is a mainstay in Goldthwaite, Texas, a town of about 1,800 people in the center of the state. Austin is the closest big city, just more than 100 miles south. Because it’s remote, ... Read More »