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12 Reasons Why Employee Training Fails

Most of the money and time companies spend on training is wasted. That’s because the majority of companies use outdated training ideas and boring training methods. Training that is poorly presented goes in one ear and out the other. It’s …

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Help Employees Keep an Eye on Shoplifters

Although most customers are honest, unfortunately, there may be a time you suspect someone of trying to shoplift from your store. One of the best ways to keep potential thieves at bay is to make sure your employees are aware …

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Three Ways to Market Your Store’s Pricing to Your Advantage

There are several marketing strategies you as an independent retailer can use to your advantage when it comes to pricing. Read about three below: Establish a Price Image First, take a step back and look at the big picture. What …

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Win at Retail: Build a Great Staff

“You have great employees,” is the comment I want to hear most from customers. It goes right to the heart of a strategy that is essential to compete in today’s volatile retail environment. Customers’ expectations are higher than ever. Whether …

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Know the Basics of Forklift Training Safety

This 142-page training presentation from Compliance and Safety LLC, a supplier of safety training videos, encompasses a lot more than just the forklift itself. It also covers OSHA standard requirements that involve areas around forklift operation. Click here to download the presentation.

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‘Independents’ Day’: Smaller Stores Can Stand Up to Their Behemoth Rivals

“City hardware store survives despite bigger retail options.” So ran the headline last November in the local newspaper for Pottsville, Pa. (population 14,229). The story focused on the seemingly unlikely survival of Pottsville’s Centre Street Hardware, which had managed to …

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Hot Commodities: Five Ways to Cope with Fluctuating Raw Material Costs

Most retailers know there are just some things beyond their control. For those heavily selling building materials and lumber, constant changes in commodities pricing are almost always at the top of that list of variables. Between slowed domestic new-home construction …

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Do You Have A Health Care Game Plan?

Health care is a big topic on every retailer’s mind right now, especially as more elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) come to fruition. The ACA comes with plenty of questions: What, in the way of insurance, is a …

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