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The Dos and Don’ts of Sharing Political Opinions

No matter what business owners believe about political candidates or causes, they must consider how expressing those opinions–through signage at their stores or in other ways–may impact customers and potential customers. Even the most loyal customers may react strongly to a …

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Spring Training, Hardware Style

The staff at Costello’s Ace, which has 23 locations in New York and two in New Jersey, knows employee knowledge leads to better customer service. So they put together a training event to connect employees and vendors, so employees could …

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Ways to Boost Lumber Sales This Spring

lumber

New home sales have reached a post-recession high, according to newly released data from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. The data says sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 16.6 percent …

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Five Ways to Do More with Your Community Donations

If you’re like most independent home improvement retailers, you consider yourself to be much more than a mere purveyor of goods and services. Your store is the place where the community gathers; you share your resources to help those around …

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Partnering With Local Businesses

In the June 2016 issue of Hardware Retailing magazine, we shared stories from five retailers about how they serve their communities. The retailers provided so much information and countless examples of how they are involved in their communities that we …

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Taking on Local Leadership Roles

In the June 2016 issue of Hardware Retailing magazine, we shared stories from five retailers about how they serve their communities. The retailers provided so much information and countless examples of how they are involved in their communities that we could not …

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Connecting With the Next Generation

In the June 2016 issue of Hardware Retailing magazine, we shared stories from five retailers about how they serve their communities. The retailers provided so much information and countless examples of how they are involved in their communities that we …

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Hot Niches in the Farm, Pet and Ranch Category

Farm, Pet and Ranch

There’s a lot going on these days in the farm, pet and ranch category. Make sure you’re in on the action with the niches attracting the most attention. Whether it’s backyard farming or extravagant spending on pets, what used to …

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