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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...

Paladin Supports Shriners Club Run for a Child

Paladin Data Corporation is partnering with the Central Oregon Shrine Club in the sixth annual Run for a Child 5K and 10K Aug. 11 in Bend, Oregon. The event supports the Shriners Hospital for Children Portland and the children and families it serves. The...

Re-merchandising to Boost Sales

“Re-merchandising” is rearranging a store so it has a fresh appearance. It is also used to highlight new or seasonal products, and to facilitate the sale of promotional or discounted items. While many retail stores re-merchandise every 30 days or so,...

Evergreen Way Ace Hardware

Evergreen Way Ace Hardware (Everett, WA) Owner: Judith Pyle   Evergreen Way Ace Hardware is in Everett, Washington on scenic Puget Sound, and the town has a population of approximately 103,000. The store is also about 3 miles from a Home Depot and about the same...

Is it Time For a Website?

Entrepreneurs, both those in business for generations and those just getting started, are facing a retail environment that is changing quicker than your inventory levels. Large retailers like Sears, JC Penney, Macy’s and Radio Shack combined...

Integrating Marketing and Your Data Collection

Retail technology has come a long way in the past 30 years. What began as a means to simplify the repetitive, but vitally important tasks of recording sales, inventory and ordering, has evolved to include various aspects of marketing. More than...

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