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Hot Niches in the Farm, Pet and Ranch Category

Farm, Pet and Ranch

To view a PDF of this story, click here.  Mosquito control products are hot during the summer. Here, we’ll offer some strategies for selling the mosquito control category and how you can respond to questions about Zika if and when they arise. ... Read More »

New Business Resources for Spring

Spring is a great time of the year for one huge reason—customers are starting lots of home improvement projects and keeping your store busy. To help you make this selling season even more successful, the North American Retail Hardware Association ... Read More »

Retail Stores Offering Cellphone Charging Stations

Portable Charging

For any on-the-go person, a dead cellphone battery can be a huge hinderance to staying connected and getting tasks accomplished. Smartphones have become ubiquitous and the need for powering up is more important to consumers than ever. In response, airports, restaurants and retailers are providing power, ... Read More »

Selling to Your Landlord Customers

It’s likely that most of you have a few landlord customers who own rental properties around the neighborhood. These customers are great to reach—not only are they buying homes they intend to rent, but those rentals require ongoing maintenance, so if you ... Read More »

Are Your Operating Expenses Draining Your Profit?

Payroll, advertising, utilities, rent and more all add up to your total operating expenses–and if one of those expense lines gets too high, it cuts into your store’s profit. Ask yourself the following questions to determine if your expenses are ... Read More »

Employee Study Reports Overall Job Satisfaction High

Employees are more satisfied with their jobs now than they have been in the past 10 years, according to a study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The 2016 study, Employee Job Satisfaction and Engagement, reports that 88-percent ... Read More »

Security in Parking Lots Increases Store Safety

Parking Lot

Recent shootings and other workplace violence on the news are enough to make any store owner uneasy, but some practical steps in parking lots can improve security for your employees and customers. Incidents of workplace violence have not been tracked thoroughly, but some data from 2003 to 2008 ... Read More »

Five Metrics You Need to Know

The numbers can be overwhelming at times, but it’s important to keep an eye on them to help measure the financial health of your business. Below are five metrics you should know and use to better understand your operation. Average ... Read More »