Start Planning Early for a Profitable Holiday Season

Start Planning Early for a Profitable Holiday Season

  • Posted by Wanda Lenoir
  • On July 11, 2024
  • Cutting Edge Products Magazine, Wanda Lenoir
Preparing for a profitable 4th quarter and holiday season requires careful planning and adequately managing inventory levels. Independent retailers must look at their businesses holistically and determine the best approach to generating in-store and online sales.
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Listen Up! The Power and Benefits of Customer Feedback

Listen Up! The Power and Benefits of Customer Feedback

  • Posted by Wanda Lenoir
  • On June 27, 2024
  • Cutting Edge Products Magazine, Wanda Lenoir
What customers say about your business determines its long-term success. Whether the feedback is given to you directly, on social media, or by word-of-mouth, consumers are influenced by other people’s opinions. There’s no shortage of feedback on products and services—some good, some bad. Customer feedback is an opportunity to improve when needed or commend your team for a job well done.
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3 Reasons Digital Marketing is Good for Business

3 Reasons Digital Marketing is Good for Business

  • Posted by Wanda Lenoir
  • On June 14, 2024
  • Cutting Edge Products Magazine, Wanda Lenoir
One mistake many small and medium-sized businesses repeat year after year is failing to make digital marketing a high priority. It is a missed opportunity that can be costly in the long run. The average person spends three hours a day on the internet searching for information, shopping, and communicating with other people
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Women Shoppers Say Men Are Treated Better in Hardware Stores

Women Shoppers Say Men Are Treated Better in Hardware Stores

  • Posted by Wanda Lenoir
  • On June 14, 2024
  • Cutting Edge Products Magazine, Wanda Lenoir
Women are no strangers to shopping in hardware stores, yet a recent survey indicates they don’t necessarily enjoy the experience. In the past, home improvement operations were male domains. However, women now play an instrumental role in completing DIY projects and hiring contractors
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Gaining the Loyalty of Gen Z Shoppers

Gaining the Loyalty of Gen Z Shoppers

  • Posted by Wanda Lenoir
  • On June 14, 2024
  • Cutting Edge Products Magazine, Wanda Lenoir
Gen Z consumers are socially conscious and are key in shaping the nation’s perspectives on sustainability, mental health, and racial equity. Representing 20 percent of the U.S. population, children and young adults born between 1997 and 2012 command $360 billion in buying power.
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Capture Shopper’s Attention to Heat-up Summer Sells

Capture Shopper’s Attention to Heat-up Summer Sells

  • Posted by Wanda Lenoir
  • On June 10, 2024
  • Cutting Edge Products Magazine, Wanda Lenoir
Summer is the peak season for vacations, rest, and relaxation. Sales tend to dip when fewer people are working on projects and shopping at hardware stores. So, how can store owners keep the sales momentum going between Spring and Fall? Start by getting creative and holding promotions that won’t break the bank.
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Dealing with the Stress of Operating a Business

Dealing with the Stress of Operating a Business

  • Posted by Wanda Lenoir
  • On May 16, 2024
  • Cutting Edge Products Magazine, Wanda Lenoir
Stress is a reality of life, and everyone manages it differently. However, business operations have triggers that can increase an owner’s stress level. The list is long and subject to change based on economic fluctuations, weather, or customer behavior. Some may think the easiest way to manage unpredictability is to ride the situation until it improves.
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Seek long-term Solutions for Making Employees Feel Valued

Seek long-term Solutions for Making Employees Feel Valued

  • Posted by Wanda Lenoir
  • On May 2, 2024
  • Cutting Edge Products Magazine, Wanda Lenoir
When human resource professionals quote statistics, we should remember that the numbers they cite represent real people. The dynamics between employers and employees can be slippery, with both sides grappling to get a firm foothold. Since the typical person spends one-third of their life at work
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Upgrade to New Technologies to Give the Best Customer Service

Upgrade to New Technologies to Give the Best Customer Service

  • Posted by Wanda Lenoir
  • On April 16, 2024
  • Cutting Edge Products Magazine, Wanda Lenoir
Embracing new ideas and upgrading to the latest technology can be challenging for some retailers. However, store owners who avoid reality and think business will continue to operate as it did in the “good old days” may be headed for trouble.
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Big Business should “Think Small” to Change their Culture

Big Business should “Think Small” to Change their Culture

  • Posted by Wanda Lenoir
  • On March 31, 2024
  • Cutting Edge Products Magazine, Wanda Lenoir
Starting your own business is not for the faint of heart. There is no template to follow that prevents owners from making mistakes when they try something new. But entrepreneurs are risk takers by nature and their agility helps them to stay focused and keep going.
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