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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Branded for Success

Nestled in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, a small, independent hardware store named Charles Street Supply Company attracts hordes of loyal customers. What’s its secret? The store knows its customers and anticipates their needs. It has built a strong brand …

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Developing Metrics

To watch the full video, click here. Managing Editor Jaime Koch shares her tips for helping home improvement retailers develop metrics for their operations in her how-to management vlog (video blog). Check out how Jaime suggests you tackle metrics in …

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The Changing Big Box Dynamic

This presentation examines how the recession has affected big boxes in the home improvement industry and how the big boxes have responded to the changing market. It also looks at proprietary consumer research to determine how today’s shoppers perceive the different boxes …

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2012 Market Measure: The Industry’s Annual Report

To watch the full video, click here. NRHA’s most popular webcast, the Market Measure will provide original data from its annual report. This webcast is an essential tool for any channel of the home improvement sector and will provide an …

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A Retailer’s Guide to Social Media

This presentation outlines how businesses are using social media today and how independent home improvement retailers can implement social media policies and best practices in their operations to make it an effective promotional and customer engagement tool. It also provides …

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