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LATEST NEWS & FEATURES                                         October 19, 2020

5 Tips for Operating a Rental Business
Offering rentals can improve the bottom line since it typically generates a 12-18 percent operating profit. According to the American Rental Association (ARA), rental revenue is projected to reach $64.1 billion by 2023.
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Retail sales growth speeds up as September marks fourth month of gains
“Retail sales showed impressive gains in September,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Consumers continue to prove their resilience and strength through this pandemic. Retailers and consumers are adapting…
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H.I.R.’s inaugural virtual event is open!

Be sure to visit the virtual presence of our vendors by clicking on their link below. When you’ve finished visiting with them, “wander around” the rest of the event and explore other vendors!
Cutting Edge Products        Elkhart      Fluid Management
Imperial Blade/Stiletto  K-Co Innovations      Kraft Tool Company
The Original Garden Broom    Plylox Hurricane Window Clips Rescue Pest Control
Screw It Again      Sloggers Footwear        Star brite
Sunnyside Twist and Seal  

Tractor Supply Company Earns Designation as a Great Place to Work-Certified Company
“We are thrilled to receive this external validation by Great Place to Work as a celebration of the legendary culture we’ve built at Tractor Supply. We look forward to continuing to cultivate an environment where every…
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PPG Named to FTSE4Good Index Series for Second Consecutive Year
“PPG has a long-standing history of developing sustainable practices, products and processes through a concerted and disciplined approach,” said Mark Cancilla, PPG vice president, environment, health and safety.
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Eight Simple Visual Merchandising Tips for the Holidays
Avoid thinking of visual merchandising as an expenditure or a time-commitment.  Consider it as the price you pay for customers to connect to the merchandise. Although e-commerce is experiencing significant growth…
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Plan Early for Small Business Saturday
November 28, two days after Thanksgiving, is an important day for local businesses who want to kick-off the selling season on a high note. The popular “holiday” has been recognized by the Small Business…
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Do it Best Invests in member growth with new leadership role
“As we continually invest in our ability to serve as strategic partners in our members’ growth, Chris is the perfect person to lead this key initiative,” said Nick Talarico, Vice President of Sales and Business…
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Construction Starts Step Back in September
Year-to-date through nine months, total construction starts were down 14% from the same period in 2019. Nonresidential starts were lower by 26% and nonbuilding was down 18%, while residential starts gained 1%.
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NRF Foundation Introduces COVID-19 Trainings to Aid Retail Employees
“Retailers have been on the front lines of this pandemic as economic first responders and are going above and beyond to maintaining a safe work environment for themselves, their colleagues and their customers,” NRF…
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The Home Depot Closer to Renewable Energy 2025 Goal
For The Home Depot, that means a new source of clean, sustainable energy. This agreement is the retailer’s largest renewable energy partnership to date and advances sustainability goals already in place to expand…
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