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Employee Relations: A Lesson from “The Godfather”

In the iconic movie “The Godfather,” Al Pacino said, “Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies even closer.” I was recently inspired to put a positive spin on this sentiment when it came to my management philosophy: “Keep your ... Read More »

I Have a Website, What Now?

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As a website consultant focused on serving independent home improvement retailers, I truly enjoy working with retailers like yourself and have learned so much over the past few years about how you build your businesses. What’s most impressive to me ... Read More »

Customers: Love ‘Em or You’ll Lose ‘Em

By Michael Bergdahl, author and business consultant Isn’t it ironic that it takes years to build a great customer relationship, but only moments to tear one apart? Below are several of the most common customer service mistakes companies make. The ... Read More »

Preparing Your Store for an In-Store Pet

Bringing a pet into your store is a great conversation-starter for employees and customers. But before your four-legged friend becomes an in-store regular, make sure the animal, store and employees are prepared. Any retailer thinking of bringing a pet into ... Read More »

Improve Your Hiring Process

Questions to Ask Before You Start Hiring Gregg Gregory is a professional speaker and trainer, and as founder of TeamsRock, has helped businesses of all sizes find and keep top-notch employees. He suggests reviewing your own expectations of a new ... Read More »

Questions to Ask Before You Start Hiring

Gregg Gregory is a professional speaker and trainer, and as founder of TeamsRock, has helped businesses of all sizes find and keep top-notch employees. He suggests reviewing your own expectations of a new employee and how you plan to find ... Read More »

Doug Kooyman’s 14-Step Hiring Process

Doug Kooyman, owner of Kooyman Lumber in Pella, Iowa, uses a 14-step hiring process he and one of his employees developed several years ago. While sometimes he’ll modify the process based on the position for which he’s hiring, his 14 ... Read More »

Taking Control of Accounts Receivable

By T.J. Comstock, owner of Northwest Hardware, LLC Recently I was talking to a fellow hardware retailer and we got into a discussion about accounts receivable (A/R) levels in our stores. I mentioned what my levels were and he seemed ... Read More »



 




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