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Walmart Tests Drones to Manage Inventory

Drones

Walmart’s warehouse inventory management process could soon be speeding up. The country’s largest retail company is testing drones in distribution centers to help manage inventory more efficiently. Within nine months, the drones could be used in Walmart’s massive warehouses, according to The ... Read More »

Tracking How Your Business Performs on Social Media

Nearly nine in 10 independent home improvement businesses use social media, but only about 50 percent of them track their sites’ performance, according to a recent study from the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA). That means many retailers have no way to gauge their social media success, ... Read More »

NRHA’s 2016 Social Media Study

Hardware Retailing magazine’s March 2016 issue features an article focused on retailers who have high-performing social media accounts for their businesses. The story also identifies ways retailers can grow their engagement and audience on social media platforms. The full story can be found here. The North ... 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 »

Partnership Lets Customers Buy Products and Installation Services Online

Home improvement customers now have a one-stop online shop for purchasing installation services along with products such as ceiling fans, light fixtures and appliances. Porch, which is an online service for helping consumers find local home improvement professionals, and Wayfair, a web seller ... Read More »

Risks and Benefits of Offering Free Store Wi-Fi

Wifi

Today’s smartphone-addicted culture is full of consumers who are quick at on-the-spot information gathering, and those customers are eager to use free Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet where they can. At any moment, shoppers can check product availability, look at competitor pricing, read reviews ... Read More »

Amazon Dash and Even More Automated Shopping

Amazon Dash

A tool from Amazon called Amazon Dash has given consumers the chance to restock consumable products with a button click — and customers’ options for using the Dash buttons are growing. Recently, the program’s lineup of brands has more than tripled. Amazon Prime members can now choose ... Read More »

MasterCard Offering Payment Security Alternative

MasterCard is working to increase digital payment security measures, rolling out plans to replace passwords with facial identification. “The company announced it is launching new mobile technologies that will allow customers to authenticate their online purchases using selfies or fingerprints. The technology will ... Read More »