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Grow Wild Bird Seed Sales with Attractive Displays

The market size for wild bird feed and feeders is $4.4 billion in the United States, according to the Wild Bird Feeding Industry’s benchmark study released this month. And it stands to grow even bigger, especially at hardware stores which …

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Right on Target: Two Retailers Share Their Success Stories in the Sporting Goods Niche

Whether it be for a leisurely day of fishing or the thrill of camping and hunting wild game, these days, more and more consumers are headed outdoors to enjoy the elements. Even with the economic recession causing many sectors to …

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This Holiday Selling Season, Try a Gift Niche

As the holiday selling season approaches and many consumers are out scouting stores in search of the perfect unique gift for everyone on their gift list, consider adding a novel product niche. Determining the right gift niche for your market …

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Oh Baby! Retailer Launches Unique Boutique

Most consumers head online or to toy stores when they’re looking for gifts for babies or toddlers. But the residents of Dubuque, Iowa, go to Steve’s Ace. It might seem a little odd to go to a hardware store for …

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Retail Display Safety

It’s important to follow safety guidelines for the displays featured in your store. Retail safety and security expert Kelly Brown shares best practices for retail display safety in a handout he created for expert witness firm Robson Forensic Inc. Click …

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Selling Cold-Weather Essentials

Staying warm and being prepared for winter weather are top-of-mind for your customers as the season approaches. Encourage your customers to buy the basics early by promoting them near the front of the store with snow removal-themed endcaps stocked with …

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Increase Transaction Size with Home Security Products

When a customer comes in asking for a dead bolt, a well-trained employee will almost immediately start discussing the features and benefits of the locksets stocked in the store. But what if we told you that the ability to close …

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Promote a Fire Safety Niche

October’s National Fire Prevention Week is a great time to talk with your customers about fire safety and sell some fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. But that should just be the start of the conversation. Lurking around the store are …

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