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November 25, 2013

In This Issue:    Latest News,    Featured Products,    Management Tips

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Rental on the Rise

Brian Buswell is the owner of All American Do it Center in Wisconsin. While his story isn’t necessarily a road map for every retailer, it does offer a very candid documentary of one retailer’s obstacles and triumphs in the rental business.

Read about his rental department here. You can also see the rental department Buswell has built up, along with other areas of the store in this photo gallery.


Latest News
Featured Products

Paintable Film

can be temporarily adhered on walls to aid in selecting a paint color...

Cordless Power Tool Set

includes the Reciprocating Tiger Saw®, 6-1/2 inch Circular Saw, Oscillating Tool, Cut-off Tool/Grinder, Jigsaw, and Pivoting Flashlight...

Podium Stepladder

is designed to provide a 360-degree range of working motion to safely and comfortably access the project at hand...

Management Tips
  • Five Things to Look for When Checking for Bad Bills


    With the holiday rush approaching and a new $100 bill in circulation, it’s imperative for retailers to support their sales associates with tools to identify phony bills before hundreds of dollars of merchandise walk out their doors for free.

    Use the following guidelines to help get your team off to a strong start in spotting bad bills, and be sure to check out or for more information and training materials.

    Portrait. Check to ensure the bill’s portrait appears lifelike and dynamically stands out from the background. A counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat. Details merge into the background, which is often too dark or mottled.

    Federal reserve and treasury seals. On a genuine bill, the saw-tooth points of the Federal Reserve and Treasury seals are clear, distinct and sharp. The counterfeit seals will be uneven, blunt or broken saw-tooth points.

    Border. The fine lines in the border are clear and unbroken. On a counterfeit, the lines in the outer margin and scrollwork may be blurred.

    Serial numbers. Genuine serial numbers have a distinctive style and are evenly spaced. Check to make sure the serial numbers are printed in the same ink color as the Treasury Seal.

    Paper. U.S. currency paper has tiny red and blue fibers embedded throughout. Often counterfeiters try to simulate these fibers by printing tiny red and blue lines on their paper. Look closely to ensure the lines are not just printed on the surface, but rather embedded in the paper.

    (Adapted from
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Featured Manufacturers (As Seen in the November Issue of Hardware Retailing)

Big Green Egg
Safety Works
Midwest Fastener
Apex Tool Group
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