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10 Retailing Lessons from Starbucks

A look at Starbucks’ business offers lessons on retailing, such as how to effectively run a company, treat customers and manage employees. The coffee shop powerhouse is present in over 65 countries, operates more than 21,000 stores and experienced 11 percent sales growth …

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Retailing 101: An Overview

To download a PDF of this story, click here, and visit hardwareretailing.com/retailing-101 to take a quiz and determine how much you know about marketing, operations, finances and human resources. What Does Your Report Card Look Like? By Liz Lichtenberger, llichtenberger@nrha.org and Kate Klein, kklein@nrha.org When was the last time …

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Lowe’s Managers Focus on Spanish Immersion

Imagine going to summer camp but not being allowed to speak your primary language. That experience offers the perfect setting to learn a different language, according to Lowe’s. For the past five years, employees from Lowe’s distribution centers in the U.S. have gained unique, one-week training through an immersion program. …

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The Move From Promotion to Personalization

After a successful holiday season, retailers are re-evaluating their strategic plans and determining how to keep consumers engaged in the coming months. Many retailers have used and are continuing to use deep discounts as promotions that they hope will keep customers engaged …

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Big Box Stores Reducing Floor Space

When big box retailers first became popular options for consumers, the term big box fit due to store layout and size. Recently, however, many popular big box retailers have been trying to reduce size and introduce smaller versions of their stores. Developing micro-sized …

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Pay Attention to Mobile Pay in 2015

Many retailers and consumers will be helping grow the trend of mobile payments. Mobile payment options such as Apple Pay, Google Wallet and others are still relatively new services, but their use is expected to increase rapidly in the next few years, according to …

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