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From Ranger to Rooster: Statues Make Customers Take Notice

Looking for a way to make your store stand out to customers? Think big! Whether it’s a hobby-turned-community project or an outside-the-box way to draw in customers, a couple of retailers found large statues in their stores created talking points …

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Five Things to Look For When Checking for Bad Bills

With the holiday rush approaching and a new $100 bill in circulation, it’s imperative for retailers to support their sales associates with tools to identify phony bills before hundreds of dollars of merchandise walks out their doors for free. Use …

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Make Plans to Give Back this Holiday Season

The holiday season is fast approaching, and for many people, this time is all about giving to others. Donating time and materials to a local charity or hosting a fundraiser in your store shows your customers you support the community …

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2013 Trends in Builders’ Hardware

When it comes to being successful selling builders’ hardware, it is important your employees understand and embrace the category’s somewhat split personality. On one hand, builders’ hardware is one of the most dynamic, fashion-forward categories found in home improvement stores, …

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The Vendor Center™ Inc. Announces New Website Launch

The Vendor Center™ President, Darrell Wabschall, announced the launch of a new website, www.TheVendorCenterOnline.com, a secure business-to-business website that allows hardware retailers to access a wide range of vendor information including pricing, catalogs, educational and demonstration videos and order products …

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Step by Step Safety

The sharp tools, blades, machinery, hazardous chemicals and heavy product stocked high in racking systems are the kinds of images that keep Kelly Brown up at night. They’re also what keep the retail safety expert and expert witness for Robson …

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All Dressed Up

Jamie Luttrell, co-owner of True Value Hardware in Hebron, Neb., regularly paints designs on the store’s windows. She often features seasonal artwork, such as snowmen at Christmastime; just recently she finished a True Value mural on the side of the …

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Solar Panels Reduce Costs, Energize Sales at Maryland Hardware Store

The Hardware Store in Mardela Springs, Md., is a small rural store that offers an old-fashioned retail experience to its customers. But mixed in with the country charm is a little bit of technology. “I’ve always been very modern in …

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