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Jesse Carleton

Jesse Carleton
Jesse Carleton has visited independent hardware retailers, conducted original research on the industry and written extensively about the business of hardware retailing. Jesse has written for more than a dozen of NRHA’s contract publishing titles, all related to the hardware retailing industry. He also was instrumental in developing the Basic Training in Hardware Retailing courses now used by thousands of retailers across the country.

Finding Merchandising Strategies That Work

To view a PDF of this story, click here. When it comes to merchandising your store, you can’t always follow the textbook. Customers don’t always look at what you want to sell them, so sometimes you have to get creative …

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How to Maintain Your Merchandising

Keeping a store that looks good all of the time should be a team effort. Throughout a busy day, it’s easy for displays to get messy, items to get misplaced or stock levels to drop. But if you have everyone …

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Core Category All-Stars

Core Category All-Stars

To view a PDF of Part 1 of this story, click here. To view a PDF of Part 2 of this story, click here. A Look at Best-in-Class Merchandising Across the Store Look for the best merchandised category in your …

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Merchandising Ideas From Atlanta Stores

Finding unique ways to merchandise key categories can help you call out certain products to your customers while creating a distinctive atmosphere for your store. One of the best ways to get ideas for your own store is to look …

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Trends on Display at the 2017 Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Expo

Energy efficiency, smart technologies and more accessory options for the grill were some of the trends on display at the 2017 Hearth, Patio and Barbecue (HPB) Expo, held in Atlanta March 2-4. The Expo drew 6,800 attendees from around North …

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One Retailer’s Fast Climb to the Top of the Local Paint Market

Village Ace Hardware

To view a PDF of this story, click here. By Jesse Carleton, jcarleton@nrha.org Stroke of Genius Seven years ago, few, if any, painters would have considered Village Ace Hardware a destination for their projects. The 100-square-feet the store had dedicated to …

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5 Ways Munger Paint & Wallcovering Keeps Customers Coming Back

Munger Paint

To view a PDF of this story, click here. By Jesse Carleton, jcarleton@nrha.org How to Earn the Paint Sale Curt Munger knows that just being a retailer with a specialty paint store doesn’t mean he will get a flood of customers. …

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Time to Review Ladder Safety

Ladder Safety

According to the American Ladder Institute (ALI), every year more than 300 people die in ladder-related accidents. Thousands suffer disabling injuries. That’s why the ALI has declared March National Ladder Safety Month – the organization wants to raise awareness of …

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