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3 Operations Tips to Be Competitive in the New Year

new year

The calendar has flipped to 2019, and with the new year comes a new state of mind for many retailers. There is no question that the way consumers shop has changed significantly over the last decade, with the exponential growth ... Read More »

Chairman Prepares Revised Bid to Save Sears

sears

Edward Lampert, chairman and former CEO of Sears, has announced a new $5 billion plan to save the company, according to a report from Reuters. Lampert’s revised offer will be reviewed by Sears at a Jan. 14 bankruptcy auction. The ... Read More »

2018 Holiday Sales Projected to Rise More Than 4 Percent

2018 holiday sales

Many retailers will see an increase in holiday shopping this year, according to a new report from the National Retail Federation (NRF). The organization projects holiday spending to increase between 4.3 and 4.8 percent in November and December. That figure ... Read More »

10 Retail Lessons From Toddlers

Click the picture to download a PDF of this story. By Kate Klein, kklein@nrha.org My favorite 2-year-old boy says “Wow!” more than anyone I’ve ever met. Ducks in the yard, beads the size of pinheads, electrical outlets and shadows mesmerize him. Take some ... Read More »

10 Podcasts Small Business Owners Should Listen To

podcasts

Across the country, independent retailers are busy. Whether you’re refreshing yourself on the benefits of shopping local to share with your customers, benchmarking your business against typical and high-profit operations or crafting a succession plan for your retail operation, your ... Read More »

Independent Garden Center Show Inspires and Educates Attendees

Garden Center Show

From Aug. 14-16, thousands of vendors and retailers from a variety of independent retail backgrounds gathered to attend educational events, network with others and discover the latest products in the lawn and garden category at the Independent Garden Center Show (IGC) ... Read More »

Retail and Manufacturing Lead 2018 Hiring Boom

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Heading into 2018, economists expected hiring to slow due to a tight labor market, as a below-4 percent unemployment rate would make finding workers difficult for businesses. According to The Wall Street Journal, “the opposite has occurred, largely due to ... Read More »

NRF Searching for America’s Retail Champions

Retail Champions

Are you or someone you know a community leader who is also a strong retail industry advocate? If so, you’ll want to send in an application by July 20 to be chosen as one of the 50 U.S. small business ... Read More »