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Database Appliance Improves System Performance, Security

In a retail world constantly in search of ways to smooth and speed customer service and checkout, there are simple and effective ways to do it without reinventing the point-of-sale wheel. Database appliances improve security, increase operational speed,...

Paladin Customers Honored

Three Paladin Data Corp customers have been honored for their hard work. TJ Comstock in May was named chairman of the board of the North American Retail Hardware Association.  Proctor Ace Hardware in the Jacksonville, Florida area earned a pair of...

Executive Perspective: Now is Not the Time to be Complacent

We all know that owning a brick and mortar retail business is no picnic, but if run right, it has its rewards. With all the chain stores and internet sales carving away at your customer base, it’s more important than ever to stay relevant and focus on...

Email Marketing Delivers

Remember when the internet was new? America Online (AOL) was one of the pioneers and one of its signature alerts was “You’ve got mail!” Heck, Hollywood even made a romantic comedy about email. Remember Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan? Anyway, as with most good...

Building Business with Webinars

Ask almost any entrepreneur about the best way to grow their business and chances are they will say getting out on the sales floor and rubbing shoulders with their customers is at or near the top of their list. Webinars allow business owners to digitally...

Retail Trends: Satisfying Shoppers

Two recent consumer trends have many merchants raising their eyebrows and looking to capitalize: Checkout lines at big-box and chain department stores are getting longer due to a lack of clerks, and the number of online consumers looking to purchase...

Doing Business in the 21st Century

I often get the opportunity to speak with retailers who worry about dwindling or stagnant business. They tell me their customers are being siphoned off from every direction including from online retailers. My message to them is simple: You need to learn to...

Pay It Forward: Giving Back to Customers, Community

Giving back to your community has been a feel-good tenet of business for thousands of years, as long as retail trade has been around. Merchants support those who support their businesses. Nowadays, that practice can become inherently complicated and...

Farmers Feed Service

Farmers Feed Service (Wetumpka, AL) Owners: Clint & Wanda McCullers   Farmers Feed Service, Inc. has been in the same location in once-tiny Wetumpka, Alabama for nearly 25 years. Owned by Clint and Wanda McCullers, it is the quintessential small-town, family-run feed...

Buying Local Works for Everybody

By now, everybody is familiar with Small Business Saturdays - the day following the annual Black Friday madness dedicated to raising awareness of shopping at small, local businesses. It has been proven many times over the years that shopping local supports...

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