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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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‘Tis the Season to Shop at Woodstock Hardware

The staff at Woodstock Hardware doesn’t want its customers to forget about the store during the holidays. And what better way to help them remember than by offering a holiday catalog full of store products that would be perfect in …

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Rental on the Rise: How One Store Owner Built His Business

Recently, Brian Buswell, owner of All American Do it Center, talked with a contractor who wanted to buy an auger. The cost for the auger and bit would be about $1,500—a prohibitive price tag for a piece of equipment the …

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To Invest or Not Invest


To watch the video, click here. Jesse Carleton of Hardware Retailing magazine discusses important questions to ask yourself when investing in your company.

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Make the Most of Staff Meetings

Whether it’s a meeting about schedules, procedures or new products, the following tips will make sure your team is spending less time in the back room and more time out on the salesfloor: Create structure. Set regular times for meetings. …

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