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Retailer Donates Dead Inventory

Some stores get rid of dead inventory by having liquidation sales, or putting products in a dump bin or on a clearance table at the front of the store. Woods Hardware doesn’t have room for that. With a 1,500-square-foot salesfloor, …

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Giving Back to Employees This Season

Employees who work hard for you all year appreciate a “thank you” once in a while. While you can certainly do that any time of the year, the Christmas season is one of the best times to do a little …

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Exclusive Q&A: True Value Exec Talks Ship-to-Consumer

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Today’s retailer has more competition than ever. Not only are big-box chains still a factor, but retailers also have to face consumers turning to e-commerce platforms like Amazon for a quick and easy shopping experience. To help their retail members remain …

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5 Post-Election Changes for Businesses


The election is over, so what’s next for businesses in the coming years? Donald Trump is the next president, some states are increasing minimum wages and a variety of other changes are ahead for U.S. companies. Do you know what to expect?  Inc. magazine offers …

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Customers Are Redefining What Fast Delivery Means


Two days. That’s how much time you have to get orders onto customers’ doorsteps if you want them to think your delivery is quick. The number of customers who say three- to four-day shipping is fast dropped from 63 percent to 42 …

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Home Depot Exec: Happy Workers, Better Store


How employees interact with each other and customers directly relates to store performance, according to Home Depot executive Ann-Marie Campbell. This fall, Campbell—who is executive vice president of U.S. stores—ranked No. 20 on Fortune‘s 2016 Most Powerful Women List, which highlights the American business world’s most important female executives. …

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Strategies for Dealing With Stressed Customers

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When customers walk into your store, they’re often coming with problems and they’re looking for solutions. Depending on the problems they’re trying to fix, the shoppers may feel stressed, overwhelmed and discouraged. The level of service your staff provides can improve …

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How Mountain Hardware Makes the Most of a Small Space

Mountain Hardware in Wrightwood, California, is the go-to stop for campers and hikers along the nearby Pacific Crest Trail. Along with selling the necessary supplies they need, the store also stocks a full line of hardware, power tools, lawn and …

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