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Build Your Own Chalkboard Stack Displays

At Petersburg Hardware, store manager Eric Smith needed new merchandising displays for large quantities of feed, so he decided to build his own. Use this step-by-step guide to build your own stack displays with attached chalkboard signage to call attention …

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Runnings Refocuses Ladies Night

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and for customers who shop for their home, farm and outdoor needs at any of 41 Runnings locations in seven states, the annual Ladies Night is linked with a special cause. The event …

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Telling the Roselawn Story

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At Roselawn True Value Hardware in Roselawn, Indiana, a piece of regional history sits on the shelf by the registers. Several years ago, community members from three area towns—Roselawn, Thayer and Shelby—came together to compile the first 100 years of …

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Consider Your Small Business Insurance Options

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Health insurance is a major concern for every business owner. As the year winds down, business owners will be reviewing their expenses and considering how insurance affects their bottom line. Hardware Retailing checked in with Bob Chiesa, president and CEO …

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4 Marketing Tips to Bring In Millennials

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There are many different theories about millennials, the age group that the Pew Research Center says was born between 1981 and 1996. One undeniable fact, however, is that they are a large consumer base and are on track to outnumber …

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How to Host a Holiday Block Party

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The Mazzone Pumpkinfest has been bringing delight to residents on its block for 14 years, but the event didn’t always need the entire block. The event started with just a few tables in front of the Brooklyn location of Mazzone …

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10 Projects Young Customers Need Help With

While technology has advanced to the point where we can look up information on nearly any subject using just our phones, but ingrained knowledge and skills in home improvement projects are not nearly as prevalent in young customers. This means …

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10 Things to Never Say to a Customer

Click the image above to download a PDF of the story. Independent retailers regularly state customer service as a strength and distinguishing characteristic for their industry. While customer service is a keystone for an independent retailer to beat big-box stores …

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