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Interactive Training Better Than Old Employee Handbooks

Gone are the days of retail employee training via VHS tapes and three-ring binder manuals – or are they? Many retailers are still using old training methods due to a lack of options, but there are now alternative training materials available. …

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10 Retailing Lessons from Starbucks

A look at Starbucks’ business offers lessons on retailing, such as how to effectively run a company, treat customers and manage employees. The coffee shop powerhouse is present in over 65 countries, operates more than 21,000 stores and experienced 11 percent sales growth …

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Have You Mastered These Business Principles? Take This Quiz

The “Retailing 101: An Overview” story in the February 2015 issue of Hardware Retailing discussed what retailers need to know about the marketing, finance, operations and human resources aspects of their business. To read the full story, click here. Once …

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Retailing 101: An Overview

To download a PDF of this story, click here, and visit hardwareretailing.com/retailing-101 to take a quiz and determine how much you know about marketing, operations, finances and human resources. What Does Your Report Card Look Like? By Liz Lichtenberger, llichtenberger@nrha.org and Kate Klein, kklein@nrha.org When was the last time …

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Lowe’s Managers Focus on Spanish Immersion

Imagine going to summer camp but not being allowed to speak your primary language. That experience offers the perfect setting to learn a different language, according to Lowe’s. For the past five years, employees from Lowe’s distribution centers in the U.S. have gained unique, one-week training through an immersion program. …

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What’s In Your Plan?: What a Strategic Plan Is, and Why Your Business Needs One

To download a PDF of this story click here and visit hardwareretailing.com/strategic-planning to learn more about the components of a strategic plan and see some examples for each of the components that make up a plan. Frank Strano has some …

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The Move From Promotion to Personalization

After a successful holiday season, retailers are re-evaluating their strategic plans and determining how to keep consumers engaged in the coming months. Many retailers have used and are continuing to use deep discounts as promotions that they hope will keep customers engaged …

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Big Box Stores Reducing Floor Space

When big box retailers first became popular options for consumers, the term big box fit due to store layout and size. Recently, however, many popular big box retailers have been trying to reduce size and introduce smaller versions of their stores. Developing micro-sized …

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